Discovery: Toronto Women In Music

I am fortunate enough to be part of a Facebook Group created by STACEY called Toronto Women In Music. This is a supportive, amazing Toronto-based music industry community.

Knowing how much incredible musicianship is in this Group, I reached out for empowering, positive anthems and these TWIM members delivered!

Enjoy the following 5 songs, discover new talent, and support these amazing local (Toronto) artists!

KASHKA

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This song is the definition of an empowerment anthem! I love the harmonies in the chorus, and how amazing is this picture?!

Holding Steady

 

MELANIE PETERSON

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Calming, beautiful and relatable! It is so relaxing that I was tempted to close my eyes and listen to this song, but I was afraid to miss the beautiful imagery in the music video!

Unbreakable

 

MICHELLE THIBODEAU

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This is an anti-bullying anthem that I wrote, (I am primarily a Singer-Songwriter) This song has an acoustic Jessie J feel.

Nobody’s Victim

 

ÁLI

AliCocoon

“Spread your wings, let yourself go… I’m coming out of my cocoon” A motivational song with a great, positive message and awe-inspiring, unique video!

Cocoon

 

Denise De’ion

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This is a song you can get up and dance to! Check out her moves in the video, definitely a multi-talented artist! Love that the lyrics empower women to feel strong and confident enough to “work it out”!

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Huge shout-out to these amazing creators for sharing their work! If you have a song that you think fits this theme, please feel free to send it to me!

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A Lesson in Productivity

A wise mentor of mine (Vel Omazic-Executive Director of Canada’s Music Incubator) once shared the following funny phrase that truly stuck with me:

“Eat Fear For Breakfast”

What does this mean?

Upon waking up, make a mental or physical list of things you need to accomplish for the day, and tackle the most difficult, or most over-whelming one first. The reason behind this is because if you save it for the end of your day, when you are no longer fresh and motivated, chances are you might procrastinate your most daunting tasks, and ultimately not get them done.

That wasn’t Vel’s only productivity hack, he also taught our class the following Technique:

The 3 D’s: DEAL, DELEGATE or DELETE

This trick can apply to many situations, but he most commonly uses it when tackling his email inbox. Upon receiving an email, he immediately applies one of the 3 D’s:

DEAL with it now: If this email requires a reply and you have or can easily get the answer, reply immediately.

This could apply to other things, like washing your dishes, for example; The time it takes to put your bowl and spoon into the sink is not much longer than it would take to quickly wash your dishes and set them to dry.

DELEGATE itIf you do not have the information or time to properly reply to this email, immediately delegate it to someone who does.

Use this in other areas of your life, as well.  Don’t be afraid to delegate a task to someone you trust if you have too much on your plate!

DELETE it: If this email was not meant for you, or you do not need it any longer, go ahead and delete it from your inbox.

Getting unneccessary things out of your life not only feels great, but it stops you from cluttering up your space and needing to deal with it on another occasion.


I know these 2 tips have been very helpful to me, so I hope they work for you too! Thank you Vel for your words of wisdom!

 

 

 

Boss Lady Buzz: Wellness Tips With Natty Valencia

I was lucky enough to sit down and chat wellness tips with the lovely Natty Valencia, a fellow Creator, Blogger and Friend.

Natty shared with me her mission to inspire others to lead a life of wellness and self-love. I learned so much from her in the short time we spent together. I was so grateful to spend time with such an intelligent, positive, ambitious individual.

Here are 5 WELLNESS TIPS I LEARNED FROM NATTY VALENCIA:

*LESSON 1* Allow yourself to say YES to doing the things you’ve always wanted to do:

-It took Natty some time to finally allow herself to listen to her inner desires- but now she is happily completing her yoga teacher training and has also expanded her career from musician to multi-disciplinary creator!

Wellness Tips- Natty Valencia

*LESSON 2* Essential Oils are your best friend for natural health remedies

Natty also enlightened me about the many benefits of using various Essential Oils! She recommends the Canadian company Saje Wellness! (No Affiliation)

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  • Peppermint: Headaches, Congestion, Focus
  • Licorice Root: Stimulates digestion
  • Lavender, Orange or Rosemary: Relax, De-Stress
  • Oregano: Immunity Boosting
  • Tea tree, Coconut: Great for the skin

*LESSON 3* Create a DIGITAL DETOX that works for you

Natty was recently featured in the Toronto Star talking about the importance of taking a break from technology. Some of her suggestions include:

  • Unplug from technology as often as you canunplug-information-lifestyle-wellness-tips
  • Designate a Tech-Free day
  • Limit technology to a certain number of hours per day
  • Wait an hour after you wake up to reach for your phone
  • Put your phone on airplane mode every night to ensure a restful sleep

 

Natty Valencia Wellness Tips

*LESSON 4* If something doesn’t bring you joy BEFORE, DURING & AFTER,  —consider re-evaluating.

-Natty decided to take a break from performing live when she realized the only joy it brought her was after the performance was finished. She now dedicates her time to things that bring her joy in every moment.

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*LESSON 5*Keep your goals on the down-low when the work is still ahead of you

-Another lesson she left me thinking about is to achieve your goals before you share them with others. Sometimes, sharing pre-maturely can give you a false sense of completion and satisfaction which can hinder your end-results. Instead, when you have officially reached your goal, you can proudly tell your friends, supporters and loved ones.

 

For more of Natty’s wellness tips and wisdom, visit her amazing blog www.nattyvalencia.com

Much love, from one Soul to another ❤

 

 

Boss Lady Buzz: Natty Valencia

I was lucky enough to sit down with the lovely Natty Valencia, a fellow Creator, Blogger and Friend.

Natty shared with me her mission to inspire others to lead a life of wellness and self-love. I learned so much from her in the short time we spent together. I was so grateful to spend time with such an intelligent, positive, ambitious individual.

Here are 5 WELLNESS TIPS I LEARNED FROM NATTY VALENCIA:

*LESSON 1* Allow yourself to say YES to doing the things you’ve always wanted to do:

-It took Natty some time to finally allow herself to listen to her inner desires- but now she is happily completing her yoga teacher training and has also expanded her career from musician to multi-disciplinary creator!

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*LESSON 2* Essential Oils are your best friend for natural health remedies

Natty also enlightened me about the many benefits of using various Essential Oils! She recommends the Canadian company Saje Wellness! (No Affiliation)

canstock11284094
  • Peppermint: Headaches, Congestion, Focus
  • Licorice Root: Stimulates digestion
  • Lavender, Orange or Rosemary: Relax, De-Stress
  • Oregano: Immunity Boosting
  • Tea tree, Coconut: Great for the skin

*LESSON 3* Create a DIGITAL DETOX that works for you

Natty was recently featured in the Toronto Star talking about the importance of taking a break from technology. Some of her suggestions include:

  • Unplug from technology as often as you canunplug-information-overload-concept-lifestyle-handwriting-colorful-sticky-notes-31363755
  • Designate a Tech-Free day
  • Limit technology to a certain number of hours per day
  • Wait an hour after you wake up to reach for your phone
  • Put your phone on airplane mode every night to ensure a restful sleep

 

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*LESSON 4* If something doesn’t bring you joy BEFORE, DURING & AFTER,  —consider re-evaluating.

-Natty decided to take a break from performing live when she realized the only joy it brought her was after the performance was finished. She now dedicates her time to things that bring her joy in every moment.

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*LESSON 5*Keep your goals on the down-low when the work is still ahead of you

-Another lesson she left me thinking about is to achieve your goals before you share them with others. Sometimes, sharing pre-maturely can give you a false sense of completion and satisfaction which can hinder your end-results. Instead, when you have officially reached your goal, you can proudly tell your friends, supporters and loved ones.

 

For more of Natty’s wisdom, visit her amazing blog www.nattyvalencia.com

Much love, from one Soul to another ❤