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The New Nova Donna

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It’s funny calling Nova Donna new because it seems redundant. The word nova is Portuguese for new and it also means a brightening of a star; both we think are apt metaphors the new woman of the 21st century. So, this is the new New Woman!

When we started Nova Donna at the beginning of the year, we had a big idea. We wanted to help women empower themselves in a global way, address big issues that women face, and help women give themselves permission in their daily lives to live life the way they want to live it.

A few weeks after launch, we quickly realized that we went into something much more complex than we have the resources to address. We’re idealists at heart, so it was hard for us to admit that maybe we could make a bigger impact doing something smaller.

So, we sat down and had a heart-to-heart. We looked at all the ways women can be more empowered, both big and small. And we looked at the resources we have at hand and the most simple things we can do now.

The result is the new Nova Donna! We’re starting off with templates and small resources for people who need to get their personal brand off the ground and look good (because looking and feeling good about yourself is empowering, right?). And in the future we’ll be adding mini courses, tools, and fun things that people can use right away and integrate into their businesses and lives quickly.

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Got an idea or any questions for us? We’d love to hear those too. Feel free to leave a comment below or contact us.

To all of you who’ve supported Nova Donna’s journey so far, we just want to say one thing: THANK YOU!

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Promoting Conscious Consumption Part 2: Be Unique, but Not Too Unique

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This is part one of our promoting conscious consumption series. Last week we talked about how to allow others to support your business. We will follow up next week with a new part.

Many people like to find and support things that are unique and novel. However, these types of people are generally in the minority. There’s also a tricky sort of area where the unfamiliar becomes uncomfortable for people. The challenge then is doing something unique, innovative, or novel, but at the same time provides familiarity and makes people feel at home.

The good news is that contrary to what many people believe, not everything has already been done. The world is just waiting for improvement of even everyday things, new takes on old problems, and solutions to the hard stuff.

There are lots of small things that we use everyday that are overly complicated and difficult to use. Things like potato peelers, microwaves, remote controls, smart phones, etc. It might seem like these are small and unimportant in the grand scheme of things, but it doesn’t mean we don’t need better solutions and what you do can’t affect people’s lives in a beneficial way.

Here’s an example of a creative solution. One person posted on Reddit this hack they did to their grandma’s remote control to make it easier to use for her to use. It makes you wonder why they don’t make very simple remotes more often, doesn’t it?

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Remote Hack

And  where to start with some of the some of the larger and more pressing issues. Things like women’s rights around the world, hunger, access to portable water, better infrastructures, better medical services, and much more.

Even beauty has a vitally important function in our lives. How things look impacts the way we feel about the world around us and brings us closer to nature. Even everyday objects take on new meaning when they’re beautiful. We appreciate them more, they gain value, and we feel proud to own them.

The past several years, people have become more sophisticated and have come to expect attractiveness. This expectation of beauty will only increase in the upcoming years.

So, if you want to build something, innovation is always an option as long as you don’t build something that people can’t grasp or understand. And if you don’t build something innovative or world changing, that’s ok too. There are many many problems out there, just waiting to be solved, many improvements to be made, and much more beauty to be had.

Coming soon! Part 3: Local or Small is Great Too!

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Today I’m Giving Myself Permission to Be Present

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It’s so easy to get caught up in what we should be doing every day. We have to do lists a mile long, obligations and responsibilities, and a lot of distractions.

Sometimes this takes us away from being present in the moment and with the people we care about. We get focused on whatever we have to get done and sometimes it becomes more important than stopping and listening and making the people we love feel cared for.

This daily permission is a reminder to myself to slow down, listen, and savor my glass of wine with good company, good conversation, and a lot of love.

#dailypermission

 

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Anais Nin

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 ‘How wrong is it for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself’.
Anais Nin (February 21, 1903 – January 14, 1977) was a pioneer in female erotic storytelling who helped to raise the conscience about female sexuality and pleasure.

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