Posts Tagged ‘women in art’

C4W Member Profile: Janie Atkinson

April 8, 2011

What is your profession? Artist/Designer ::

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? Outdoor activities and time with grandchildren.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? 1 year

What inspired you to become a member? Gift from a friend

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? Very positive and empowering.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? I have gained confidence in my ability to survive and to be stronger as an individual.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? Persist, persist, persist!

C4W Member Profile: Atmah Ja

March 18, 2011

What is your profession? I am currently an art gallery owner and certified yoga instructor / massage therapist, at Atmah Ja’s, The Art of Core Consciousness, along with business partner and exclusive gallery artist, Iamikan.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? What I enjoy doing outside of my career comes full circle in supporting and enhancing my craft defined by what is the art of yoga and massage.  I am an active outdoors enthusiast, running ½ marathons, cycling, and kayaking.  Also, my newly found passions are performing the art of comedy improv with Theater 99 and playing acoustic guitar.  My outside activities compliment a balanced intention to stabilize the demands of directing my own business while at the same time offering me a reflective source from which to share.

How long have you been a member at The Center for Women? I’ve been a member for the last year and a half.

What inspired you to become a member? First and foremost, the Center for Women has validated and confirmed what I have always put stock into as being an equal counterpart as a woman in what would typically be defined as a predominantly man’s world. The Center for Women astrides the force of my life philosophy, putting into action the potential that one possesses as a women to manifest her desires successfully as an entrepreneur, most importantly, complimented by a belief in equanimity!

What kind of impact has the center for women had on you? The Center for Women has represented for me a mirror to reflect a collective group of compatible innovators with intestinal fortitude and creativity to manifest dreams into reality. The C4W format applies a structure that synchronizes the whole of all moving parts in unison with one desire – to support each and every other!

How has living day to day as a woman affected you? Being and becoming a woman has been the embodiment of this life experience, highlighting all that I do with a belief in knowing that ones gender does not limit the possibilities or opportunities that we are all afforded.  My conditioning has always been to identify myself as an equal, unaffected by the polar opposite. My daily ritual is and continues to be centered on my aspirations to utilize my fullest potential, qualities and attributes for empowering women in demand.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? My message to convey would be to know your desire at the core and design it… AND direct it!  It is necessary in this day in time to be sure, certain and arrow straight in knowing your place of passion and purpose, regardless of the rise and fall of an economy! I would conclude in sharing this message with empowering ones belief in recognizing the ups and downs of life as potential opportunities to build character and conviction when pursuing a dream.

*Join Atmah Ja at the Center for Women Thursday March 24th ~ to  *DE~STRESS AND REFRESH
This one hour interactive session explores the mind~body system and how to function more intelligently using the life force with the assistance of breath techniques, subtle movements and stretching.

C4W Member Profile: Laura Olsen

November 12, 2010

What is your profession? Photographer // Laura Olsen Imagery

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? Playing with my two dogs, Calliope and Peanut.  Reading and rock climbing are also two favorite pastimes.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? I have been a part of the C4W as a volunteer and member for about six years.

What inspired you to become a member? My mother told me that there are three kinds of people; the first kind talk about themselves, the second kind talks about others, but the third kind are the most interesting, they talk about ideas.  The Center for Women is a group of women who come together to talk about ideas.  I will always be a member for that reason.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? I now believe in the power of partnership to move all who participate forward.  I always struggled with the idea that to get ahead I had to beat someone else.  I was never good at sports, so the idea of competition was foreign and frightening.  But, through the Center for Women, I have seen time and again that the best way to get ahead is to bring others with you.  Partnership is a beautiful thing.  I am grateful to the Center for creating a community of women who also believe in the power of partnership.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? I am fortunate to have been told as a little girl that I could one day be the President if that’s what I wanted to be.  That was not really a part of my life plan, but still it’s nice to be told.   I have always been artistic and creative.  Women are not only accepted members of the world of the arts, but vital.  I had the fortune of having female heroines that had gone before me and had succeeded in doing great things.  It’s not like that for every girl.  I am grateful that I grew up with a feeling of belonging in the direction that I had chosen.   And to all women striving to make it in a male dominated field I say; Press on!  Because girls will grow into women in your field believing that they too belong equally with the boys.  The world does not disagree with what a girl grows up believing.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? First I must say, when you find and follow your passion success is inevitable.

In economic downturns it’s exhausting to wade through all of the bad news that bombards us.  News media, business meetings, daily banter, sometimes it can feel like things are just terrible everywhere and are not getting better.  One must have energy to plow through the dismal outside world and to focus on the task at hand.  When the task at hand is thriving by living your passion, then you don’t have time to watch the doom and gloom channel.

A passion wakes you at dawn and won’t let you sleep at night. You can’t wait to keep moving forward to see your dreams and ideas come to life.  Energy to get through the day isn’t always effortless, but more days than not it sure feels that way.  Your conversation is enlivened and your demeanor changes. People are naturally drawn to your enthusiasm.  They want to be a part of what you are doing. Success can’t help but find you.

The reality is that not everyone can quit their job and follow their dreams in an instant.  It happens, yes, but not to everyone.  But passion for life can be revitalized in you in the form of a perspective change.  When you stop looking at your job as a job but as something that touches people’s lives, as all interactions have the potential to lift others or drag them down, you then develop a new way of seeing the world.  It’s that perspective change that can begin to bring you success right where you are, even if that’s not where you will eventually end up.

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