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Corinne K.

Authenticity, Relationship

Spill Your Fears And Desires

I’ve been to a ton of networking events in my life. With over a decade of experience in the corporate world in branding and marketing, I’ve certainly seen my share of conferences intended to bring like-minded people together. This past Saturday, I was a vendor and panel speaker at the Women Building Wealth Conference at The Spoke Club. And I must say. There was something different about this one.

It felt magical to share the room and stage with inspiring speakers and engaged attendees. And even more powerful were the connections we made over sharing and embracing similar experiences and life journeys.

There’s something empowering about sharing stories with other people, only to find a common string that ties you together despite having just met. This event was about sharing our financial setbacks and successes but it became so much more. After all, everything is connected – our finances, love lives, careers, our relationships with others and most importantly, the relationships we have with ourselves. Our conversations about money led to open dialogues about so much more. And that’s where shit got real.

We shared the mindsets that we’ve been hanging onto that have been holding us back. We bonded over confessions of failed relationships and business challenges. We also connected over sharing our wins and dreams – the things we’ve done that we’re proud of, have shaped us into successful and strong women and where we want to go from there.

Throughout the day, I asked anyone who popped by my table to share their intentions by writing them out on a piece of paper and adding that paper to our collective bowl of intentions. We talked about those dreams, wishes and desires and I could see the common thread between us getting clearer and clearer.

Your job title, where you’re heading in your career and where you’ve been – doesn’t really matter.
The house you live in, the car you drive, the clothes you wear – doesn’t really matter.
That thing you failed at, the relationship that ended, the job you lost – doesn’t really matter.

We all want to be successful.

And at some time, we all worry that we’re not good enough.

We may all have different definitions of success based on what we want to achieve – bigger, better and more X, Y and Z – but we’re all looking to fulfill our own personal definition of success.

We compare ourselves to others and make assumptions, imagining how we stack up. We compare our insides to their outsides. We compare how we feel to how they appear to be in the world.  

It’s only when we open up and get real with people who can be raw and honest with us, that we begin to see that we’re not alone.

We need to have those tough conversations – the ones that reveal our aches and pains about ourselves and how we perceive ourselves in the world.

We need to have those conversations with people who see us beyond all the circumstances we define ourselves by, the stories we’ve created about who we are and what we can and can’t do.

We need others to shed light on what we’ve been through and we need them to point out our strengths in what we would otherwise perceive as our weaknesses.

We need to recognize ourselves in others and see that we’re all battling our own demons and chasing our own dreams.

When we do this – when we connect with people who are going through and have shared similar experiences – we begin to see that we don’t have to struggle through things alone. We begin to see that we’re connected to each other in ways that can help us see our own situations differently.

So spill your fears and desires with the people who can walk with you along your path – if even for a brief moment in time. Allow yourself to open up to the possibility that you’re not the only one dealing with the things you’re having difficulty with.

Allow yourself to be seen and heard because that space where we open up and reveal ourselves – that space is magical.

Much love.

Creativity, Learning, Lifestyle

Ladybugs & Lessons

I’m all about signs and synchronicity in life. When things pop up more than once, I think we have to take a clear look at what’s being thrown our way. Things happen more than once for a reason to grab our attention.

This week’s video is all about how I had an aha-moment with ladybugs that I had to share with you guys. Check it out!

Much love, XXX

Authenticity, Relationship, Spirituality

Ode To The Feminine

This post is dedicated to all the strong and inspiring women I know and the men who love, trust, hear and see us. 

Somewhere in the haze of my late 20’s, I recognized that I’d been looking at my feminine energy as a weakness rather than a strength.

I suppressed the experience of my every emotion because I didn’t want to be too complicated.
I was afraid to explore my creativity because I didn’t want to be too messy.
I hid my best physical features because I didn’t want to be too sexy.
I tempered my opinion because I didn’t want to be too bossy.
I was afraid to really open up and love because I didn’t want to be too vulnerable.
I tried to control things rather than allow the flow of life to move me.

For all those moments we stopped the tears from falling, neglected to check in with our hearts, hid our excitement and didn’t dance to our favourite songs…

For all those moments we stifled our curiosity because we thought it was silly, we had better things to do and didn’t think we had the permission to search…

For all those hours we spent way too long in front of the mirror criticizing ourselves, analyzing, plucking at hairs and obsessing about wrinkles…

For all those times we didn’t state our point of view, kept quiet when our soul was crying out and didn’t stand up for ourselves…

For all those times we chose fear over courage, jealousy over encouragement and cruelty over compassion…

For all those times we didn’t allow ourselves to just BE.

Women:

Be the very things you yearn for in other people, places and situations.
Be the light you seek.
Be the love you crave.
Be the acceptance you need.
Be the understanding you demand.
Be the confidence you aspire to.
Be the connection you ache for.

Be bold.
Be wild.
Be brave.
Be free.
Be real.

Forgive others.
Forgive yourself.
Let go.
Move on.

Cry. Laugh. Sing. Get angry.
And then move and breathe it all out.

Celebrate each other.
Declare your wins.
Honour yourself.
Revel in love.

Do it all over again.

Lifestyle, Spirituality, Wellness

The Magic In Rituals

It’s easy to keep up with the things that make us feel good when we’re feeling good.

Early morning yoga class is cool when things aren’t too busy and we can quiet our mind long enough to really get into our bodies and connect to the practice. Daily meditation is easier to settle into when we don’t feel rushed through our day, when we can spare a couple of minutes to sit still. Taking a long hot bath at the end of the day is easier when we aren’t slammed with work that feels like it can’t possibly wait until tomorrow.

When we have the time and mental space to do the rituals that make us feel good, we imprint those feel-good vibes onto our body. Every cell associates that yoga class, meditation practice and self-care action with a feeling of peace, connection and calm. The more we do it, the better. We reduce the stress we feel from day-to-day. We remind ourselves of what it feels like to feel good and that’s contagious. Our positivity rubs off on everyone around us.

When we do those things regularly, they become things that we look forward to – things that become ritual and automatic. When this happens, we don’t have to think twice, do we? We instinctively know what we need to get into a good space.

But more often than not, we drop all that stuff when shit hits the fan. Things get complicated in life and work and we stop making the time for those things because we’re stressed, tired, burnt out, frustrated, etc, etc. And that’s when we need those things the most. And the more we can make those things ritualistic, the more we’ll be able to incorporate them into our lives when we need them the most. They become the things we know are tried, tested and true to get us back in our groove.

Some of the things on my list of feel-good, get-myself-centred-again things include jogging, yoga, meditation, walking, dancing, painting, journaling, anything related to water and bare feet, crystals, smudging, candles and the occasional poutine (Hey. Nobody’s perfect, right?)

What are your non-negotiables? What are the things that you know can get you back on track? How can you incorporate them into your life some more to make them more easily accessible when you really need them? Let us know in the comments below!

Much love, XXX