Being bold in 2020

re:create 2020

Last month I decided to invest in myself and attend the Durham Women’s Network re:create 2020 event. The day brought 100 women together for inspirational speakers, yoga and meditation. Throughout the day I was able to connect with women from the community while creating new ideas, plans and goals for 2020.

The highlight of the day for me was hearing Celina Caesar-Chavannes speech on being a bold women. Celina captivated the room with her authenticity and personal examples that tied into her Top 10 Ways to be a bold women.

Celina’s Top 10 Ways

  1. Work hard, party harder. Take time for yourself.
  2. If you don’t ask, you don’t get.
  3. To whom much is given much is expected. There is a responsibility to give it back.
  4. Never take the first offer. Know what you are worth and negotiate.
  5. Sometimes you have to swallow a little. If you swallow the medicine, it will make you better.
  6. If you think about something twice, you’ve thought about it too many times.
  7. If it doesn’t make you want to vomit, it’s not worth doing.
  8. The rolling stone gathers no doubt. Keep moving, ask questions and connect. If you are passionate about it, just keep moving forward.
  9. Nothing that’s meant for you can ever pass you by.
  10. Go big or go home. The world needs you to show up.
Yoga session with Carol Baxtor

After the event, I was able to reflect and take some time to review ideas that I noted down during the day. I am very excited to share that I will be creating weekly tips on my social media related to issues management and stakeholder engagement. Over the last few years, I have become an issues enthusiast as I deal with issues and complaints from members of the public and stakeholders on a daily basis. From my weekly tips, I plan to write a monthly blog that ties in tips from that month and provide others with insights that I have gained from my experience in issues management and stakeholder engagement.

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