Psychiatrist Vania Manipod's Self-Discovery Lessons on the Value of Sharing Your Story

Psychiatrist Vania Manipod's Self-Discovery Lessons on the Value of Sharing Your Story

Blogging nurtures self-growth; new Southern California psychiatrist Vania Manipod, DO, showcases this. I learned about her blog, Freud & Fashion, a couple months ago through the WordPress blogging community. Vania created her blog while studying for psychiatry, as a therapeutic outlet in her personal and professional development.  Her story is a shining example of how blogging can create positive change in a young person’s life. Today, you’ll hear from Vania herself how blogging nurtured her personal and professional growth as a new young mental health practitioner.

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Kayley Reed of Wear Your Label's Self-Discovery Lessons on Dealing with Mental Health Stigma

Kayley Reed of Wear Your Label's Self-Discovery Lessons on Dealing with Mental Health Stigma

As an entrepreneur and a mental health professional, I know how hard it can be for people to start seeking help because they don’t want to be labeled. According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, “60% of people with a mental health problem or illness won’t seek help for fear of being labeled.”

So when one of my blogging friends, Amelia, posted an article on Facebook about two passionate Canadian entrepreneurs, Kyle MacNevin (22) and Kayley Reed (21), who are creating a conversation on mental health through fashion, I was curious to hear their stories and learn more about their company, Wear Your Label.

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Ali Berman of TeenFest 's Self-Discovery Lessons on the Importance of Empowering Youth

Ali Berman of TeenFest 's Self-Discovery Lessons on the Importance of Empowering Youth

Often, we are so consumed with our own lives and want people to help uswe forget to give back. But this perspective can prevent us from looking outward to see how others need help. Through helping others, I have learned, you help yourself.

If you have been a following The Self-Discovery Retreat, you know that one of my missions is to give you all the support you need to shine on your personal platform, whatever that may be! Today, I want to shine light on and give back to a reader, Ali Berman (Co-Founder of TeenFest Canada), who gives tirelessly to her local community (Victoria, BC).

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Ian Warner's Self-Discovery Lessons on Making the Transition from Athlete to Entrepreneur

Ian Warner's Self-Discovery Lessons on Making the Transition from Athlete to Entrepreneur

I’m so excited that today, athlete and entrepreneur Ian Warner is empowering us all to #fuelpersistence through sharing his story, passions, and life lessons. Ian reached out to me through Twitter and after connecting with him through email, I had to invite him to share his story on The Self-Disovery Retreat. I love his passion for life and how he created a company with his brother, also a fellow athlete.

Ian Warner grew up in Toronto, Ontario, where he attended the athletic powerhouse, Birchmount Park Collegiate. There he won provincials 8 times and earned himself an athletic scholarship to Iowa State. At Iowa State, he excelled as an entrepreneur by raising $150,000 from an angel investor. The same year as that investment, he became an NCAA All-American and made the 2012 Canadian Olympic Team.

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Olympian Chandra Crawford's Self-Discovery Lessons on the Power of Inspirational Role Models

Olympian Chandra Crawford's Self-Discovery Lessons on the Power of Inspirational Role Models

Happy New Year! For many of us, January marks the beginning of new goals that we set for ourselves. The start of the new calendar year also marks the countdown for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games happening this summer. Therefore, I thought I would set the year off on the right track for all of us by showcasing a mentor of mine, Chandra Crawford, who has excelled in achieving her goals as a Gold-Medal Canadian Olympian and Founder of the organization, “Fast and Female.” I’m excited that today Chandra is sharing her insights to help us all #fuelpersistence in our personal and professional goals. Chandra is a positive role model, who I am honoured to feature on Arianna’s Random Thoughts. With this interview, my hope is that Chandra will empower us all with some practical strategies for achieving our dreams.

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Self-Discovery Lessons from Politician Shari Lukens

Self-Discovery Lessons from Politician Shari Lukens

Being born and raised in Ottawa, I am very familiar with the Capital’s political landscape. But my classmates and I often felt that no one on Parliament Hill would listen to our voices or take us seriously, as we were young people. Since then however, due to friends and family members’ involvement in politics, I have been fortunate to meet and connect with politicians from all parties; they have taught me that young people’s voices do really matter!

Since election night was exactly a month ago today, I thought I would introduce you to a friend, mentor, and politician who empowered me to use my voice to change the world and get actively involved in politics. Her name is Shari Lukens. Shari is a politician (the Conservative candidate of record for Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke and former Colwood city councillor), mental-health advocate, former competitive figure skater, and coach who has a blazing fire in her heart to make a difference in the world!

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Lydia Criss Mays Shares How Seeing Beautiful Can Restore Confidence From Doubt

Lydia Criss Mays Shares How Seeing Beautiful Can Restore Confidence From Doubt

Do you ever shy away from sharing anything about yourself with larger audiences?

When starting my journey creating my online platform and sharing my “random thoughts” with a global audience, looking for inspiration I reached out to a well-known educator, author, and entrepreneur to be part of the The Self-Discovery Retreat interview series; she appeared to be really confident as a speaker. However, she wrote back declining, saying: “This probably sounds crazy, but I typically shy away from sharing anything about myself to larger audiences. I purposefully write from a third-person perspective to reflect the voice of humanity.”

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Dorie Clark's Thoughts on Standing Out as a Blogger

Dorie Clark's Thoughts on Standing Out as a Blogger

Since my blog is about empowering busy high-achieving professionals to develop the courage to “rise to their platform & shine” and turn their ideas into reality, I had to invite others to share their journeys. After watching Dorie Clark’s TED Talk “Finding Your Breakthrough Idea,” I knew just the person to ask to help me answer: “How do you build a blog following?” I’m so grateful she said “Yes!” You’ll see why after watching her talk.

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Podcaster Anne-Sophie Reinhardt's Self-Discovery Lessons on Branding & Identity

Podcaster Anne-Sophie Reinhardt's Self-Discovery Lessons on Branding & Identity

Do you wonder how to express your ideas online? Or, do you lack the courage/direction to be seen?

These are common questions I get asked daily; they’ve inspired me to start a new series,  “Rise to your platform & Shine,” to help busy high-achieving professionals develop the courage to turn their ideas into reality. Just to be clear, I refer to “platform” as any stage where you showcase your unique talents.  

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Entrepreneur & Producer of Dream, Girl Komal Minhas shares how Meditation empowers her daily

Entrepreneur & Producer of Dream, Girl Komal Minhas shares how Meditation empowers her daily

I’m excited that, today, Komal Minhas is sharing how incorporating a meditation practice into her daily routine has transformed her life! Komal is an Indo-Canadian film producer, writer, and investor who started her first company, KoMedia, at 23. Random fact – after checking out Komal’s website, I realized we are both graduates of Carleton University in Ottawa.  Komal has been deeply invested in improving the lives of women and girls globally. She champions this work through her continued investments and work in film and storytelling.

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Body Project 4 High Schools Christina Verzijl on Creating a Healthy Relationship with the Mirror

Body Project 4 High Schools Christina Verzijl on Creating a Healthy Relationship with the Mirror

I saw myself in what Christina wrote, as I was once in her shoes, with a B.Sc. in Psychology and a dream I wanted to implement. After graduation from my university programs, I sent out emails just like Christina’s to connect with people and organizations. Since we could all use a vote of confidence in our lives, I invited Christina to share her Record Worthy Practice with all of us.

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Email Marketing Strategist Rita Barry's Self-Discovery Lessons on Taking Care of Yourself

Email Marketing Strategist Rita Barry's Self-Discovery Lessons on Taking Care of Yourself

While working with Rita on the technical aspects of my blog, I realized that what truly matters is the human connection between you (the blogger) and the members of community you are building. Therefore, I wanted to shine light on an empowering mother, wife, and entrepreneur who has helped me turn my vision into reality – Rita Barry.

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