It doesn’t Interest Me…

Last night we took part in the SheEO Purple Carpet Premier celebrating female entrepreneurs. It was an inspiring evening. The Berkley Church was teeming with talent, passion and heart. We heard from a number of powerful women throughout the night, both young and old. At one point Oriah Mountain Dreamer read her poem ‘The Invitation’ to the crowd. It resonated deeply with me so I would like to share it here.

The Invitation

It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living.
I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me how old you are.
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon.
I want to know if you have touched the centre of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life’s betrayal or have become shrivelled and closed from fear of further pain.

I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it, or fade it or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own, if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, to be realistic, to remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me is true.
I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself; if you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul; if you can be faithless and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see beauty, even when it’s not pretty, every day, and if you can source your own life from its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand at the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, “Yes!”

It doesn’t interest me know where you live or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me who you know or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand in the centre of the fire with me and not shrink back.

I want to know what sustains you, from the inside, when all else fails away.

I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.

-Oriah Mountain Dreamer

 

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Shop Local Pop UP @the Hyatt

This Saturday we will be pairing up with some seriously talented ladypreneurs to take part in the 2nd Annual Women Supporting Women Shop Local Pop Up at the Hyatt Rooftop in Yorkville.

The day promised to be full of innovative female leaders, fashion & beauty.

More Info here

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Impact InVESTing

Impact8_2Impact Investment. A buzzing term in entrepreneurial world. Ventures with a social mandate are popping up at every corner. From local food companies, alternative energy solutions, sustainable fashion, education programs to health solutions we are seeing an influx of socially conscious entrepreneurs flooding the market. But how do these new ventures align themselves with mentors, investors and clients?

Enter Impact8 offered through MaRS.

We were lucky enough to be one of 8 ventures selected from over 150 that applied to be part of the first cohort to go through Impact8 at the MaRS centre. Impact8 is an 8 week incubator dedicated to helping emerging, existing and growing social enterprises succeed.

We just finished week 1 and I can already tell this incubator is going to be immensely beneficial for Local Buttons and personally for Consuelo and I. The other 8 ventures are dynamic businesses. It is inspiring to spend your time with others who are just as passionate about creating a space for social enterprise in the world. We have been partnered with two fantastic mentors who seem to instantly understand our business model and where/how they can help us grow and improve!

We spent yesterday at Miller Thompson law firm downtown Toronto learning ALL things legal. Helped clarify a lot for us. Sometimes a change of scenery can do you a world of good. We were on the 58th floor at 40 King St W and the boardroom had the most magical view of the city.

Can’t wait to see how the rest of the program unfolds!