June 18 DC Event: Digital Sisterhood Book Signing/June DSN Meet Up


Cover Art by Dariela Cruz

Cover Art by Dariela Cruz

Calling DC/MD/VA Digital Sisters!

Join Digital Sisterhood Network (DSN) founder Ananda Leeke for her Digital Sisterhood book signing on June 18 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Lettie Gooch, 1517 U Street, NW in Washington, DC. The book signing event is also serving as the June DSN Meet Up. Click here to learn more about her book and to register for the event.

If you are unable to attend, you can purchase the book on Amazon for Kindle or as a paperback. It is a great summer read!

Thank you for the support!

Digital Sisterhood Network Lean In Circle Update


Greetings Digital Sisters!

Happy International Women’s Day!

Today we thought we would give you an update on the Digital Sisterhood Network (DSN) Lean In Circle that DSN founder Ananda Leeke launched as a part of Digital Sisterhood Month in December 2013. Before we dive into the update, we thought you might like to know what inspired Leeke to “lean in” and create the Circle.

BlogHer interview with Sheryl Sandberg

BlogHer interview with Sheryl Sandberg

She read Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, over the course of one weekend last year. She found Sandberg’s book filled with several golden nuggets of wisdom she could use in her life and share with other women. Reading the book inspired her to write and submit a case study entitled “Lean In and Listen to Yourself” for the Hot Mommas Project that was included in her book, Digital Sisterhood: A Memoir of Fierce Living Online.

Several months later, she attended the 9th Annual BlogHer Conference and listened to Sandberg’s interview with Lisa Stone, BlogHer Co-Founder and COO. Her key takeaways from the interview included:

  • Believe in yourself.
  • I am unapologetically a feminist (inspired by Mellody Hobson, President of Ariel Investments and one of my virtual mentors from the 1990s).
  • Reach for any ambition.
  • Ask yourself what would you do if you weren’t afraid, and then reach for those ambitions.

At the end of the interview, Sandberg challenged audience members to write what they would do if they weren’t afraid on paper signs her LeanIn.org provided, take photos with the signs, and tweet and post the photos on LeanIn.org Tumblr. Check out the statements Leeke wrote below.

Ananda Leeke at BlogHer 2013 Conference with her Lean In statement

Ananda Leeke at BlogHer 2013 Conference with her Lean In statement

Writing these statements helped her get clear on what she really wanted to do with her passion, gifts, energy, and time. That experience inspired her to establish the DSN Lean In Circle as a support group for Washington, D.C. area women seeking greater accountability on their dreams and goals in 2014.

Launch of DSN Lean In Circle at Teaism in DC, December 2013

Launch of DSN Lean In Circle at Teaism in DC, December 2013

The kickoff meetup for the Circle was held on December 15 , 2013, at Teaism, a woman-owned tea café. Seven women attended the meetup. As they sipped tea and ate Asian-inspired food, they discussed their reasons for joining the Circle, Lean In experiences, 2014 goals, and expectations for the Circle. At the end of the meetup, the group selected their 2014 meeting dates, established its January discussion topic, and agreed to invite a small group of women to join the group in January with the caveat that it would be closed to new members after the next meeting.

During the January meeting at The Mediterranean Spot, a café owned by a wife and husband team, two new members joined the Circle. Members gave updates on their 2013 top accomplishments and challenges, discussed their 2014 goals and accountability needs, reviewed a list of education meeting topics, finalized 2014 meeting dates, agreed to create a Facebook private group since most members were not using the Mighty Bell web site, and decided to post Facebook group status updates about their goals, challenges, success news, and requests for assistance on Thursdays.

The group returned to The Mediterranean Spot for its February meeting. Challenges and how to overcome them were the main topics of discussion. Group members listened to each other and provided constructive feedback and resources for each member’s challenges.

Judyth Weathers, Ameriprise Financial Advisor

Judyth Weathers, Ameriprise Financial Advisor

The March meeting will be held this weekend. It will feature Judyth Weathers, an Ameriprise Financial Advisor, as the education speaker. Weathers will give a talk on “Financial Wellness for Women.”

PS: Read Lisa Bonos’ Washington Post article, “A year after ‘Lean In,’ these are  Sheryl Sandberg’s truest believers.” It features a quote by Leeke.

Happy March, Women’s History Month & IWD Day: Finding Your Digital Tribes


Empowerista Digital Sisters of the Year Photo Collage

Empowerista Digital Sisters of the Year Photo Collage

Happy March, Women’s History Month, and International Women’s Day Digital Sisters!

This month, Digital Sisterhood Network (DSN) is celebrating the theme, “Finding Your Digital Tribes.” The phrase “Digital Tribes” refers to online communities that empower you. What online communities empower you?

Today, we would like to introduce you to Empowerista, one of the Digital Sisterhood Leadership archetypes. An Empowerista is a woman who creates and curates content, shares information and experiences, connects with others and establishes positive relationships, and builds and participates in communities that empower her and others.

Badge Design by Dariela Cruz

Badge Design by Dariela Cruz

During Digital Sisterhood Month 2012 and 2013, the women listed below were named Empowerista Digital Sisters of the Year. Take a few minutes to learn about them. They are great Empowerista virtual mentors.

2012 Digital Sisters of the Year

2013 Digital Sisters of the Year

Cover Art by Dariela Cruz

Cover Art by Dariela Cruz

Visit Amazon.com to read about and purchase Ananda Leeke’s Digital Sisterhood: A Memoir of Fierce Living Online (available for Kindle and as a paperback). The book includes a list of the 2010, 2011, and 2012 Digital Sisters of the Year. It also features an appendix that helps you explore and identify Empowerista and the six other Digital Sisterhood Leadership Archetypes. The interactive exercises encourage you to journal your thoughts in the book’s notes section.

Photo Credit: State.gov

Photo Credit: State.gov

PS: Celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8 by participating in the U.S. Department of State’s #WeAreCourage campaign. Visit Instagram or Twitter and post a photo of your woman of courage with the hashtag #WeAreCourage.

Happy February: “Tapping Into the Magic of Your Heart”


Happy February Digital Sisters!

This month, Digital Sisterhood Network (DSN) is celebrating the theme, “Tapping into the Magic of Your Heart.” Click here and listen to DSN founder Ananda Leeke introduce the theme and share her poem, “Loving Me” (published in her book, That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery).

The podcast also includes a breathing exercise that is intended to help you relax, become still, and reconnect with your heart. What does tapping into the magic of your heart mean to you?

Photo Collage of Enchantista Digital Sisters of the Year

Photo Collage of Enchantista Digital Sisters of the Year

Today, we would like to introduce you to Enchantista, one of the Digital Sisterhood Leadership archetypes. An Enchantista is a woman who taps into the magic of her spirit as she focuses her energy, opens her heart, trusts her intuition, embraces her fears, and shares her gifts in service to others. Click here to listen to a short podcast that explores the meaning of an Enchantista.DSoftheyear300 During Digital Sisterhood Month 2012 and 2013, the women listed below were named Enchantista Digital Sisters of the Year. Take a few minutes to learn about them. They are great Enchantista virtual mentors.

2012 Digital Sisters of the Year

2013 Digital Sisters of the Year

Cover Art by Dariela Cruz

Cover Art by Dariela Cruz

Visit Amazon.com to read about and purchase Ananda Leeke’s Digital Sisterhood: A Memoir of Fierce Living Online (available for Kindle and as a paperback). The book includes a list of the 2010, 2011, and 2012 Digital Sisters of the Year. It also features an appendix that helps you explore and identify Enchantista and the six other Digital Sisterhood Leadership Archetypes. The interactive exercises encourage you to journal your thoughts in the book’s notes section.

Happy New Year: Tips on Creating A Digital Wellness Plan


Happy New Year and Happy Digital Sisterhood Wednesday!

This month, the Digital Sisterhood Network (DSN) is focused on the topic, “Creating Your Digital Wellness Plan.” In an effort to help you incorporate more digital wellness moments in your life, we have included an excerpt from Ananda Leeke’s new book, Digital Sisterhood: A Memoir of Fierce Living Online (available on Amazon as a Kindle download and a paperback book). The excerpt provides tips on how to create your own digital wellness plan. We hope you find these resources helpful. Please be sure to visit the DSN web site tomorrow for a blog post about living as a Flowista, a woman who unplugs from her digital devices from time to time.

Cover Art by Dariela Cruz

Cover Art by Dariela Cruz

Excerpt from Appendix C of Digital Sisterhood by Ananda Leeke –  Copyright 2013 by Madelyn C. Leeke.

 
Creating Your Digital Wellness Plan
A digital wellness plan is a gift you give yourself to help manage your time online with mindful self-care practices. Mindful self-care practices encourage you to slow down, become aware of how you spend your time online, and identify and take small steps towards having a healthier digital life. Examples include breathing exercises, journaling, massage, meditation, physical movement (walking, running, yoga, and aerobic classes), rest (naps and a good night’s sleep), setting time boundaries, and using time management tools (HootSuite, TweetDeck, and an editorial calendar) to schedule your blog and social media posts.
TIP 1: BREATHE!
 
  • Before you begin thinking about your digital wellness plan, find a comfortable seated position in your chair. Come to the edge of your chair and place your feet flat on the floor. If you are wearing glasses or shoes, take them off to relax. Create hip width distance in between your legs. Take a deep breath through your nose and exhale it through your mouth. Notice how you feel. Now do it SEVEN more times.
  • When you breathe intentionally and deeply, you invite yourself into the present moment.  The more you breathe intentionally and deeply, the more open you become to PEACE.  When you have PEACE, you are free to IMAGINE. Your imagination helps you DREAM. Your dreams help you CREATE and INSPIRE others in your blog, business, career, and family.
  • Four Takeaways from Breathing: Breathing creates Peace. Peace helps you Imagine. Your imaginations helps you Dream. Your dreams help you Create and Inspire.
  • Breathing Exercise: Take SEVEN deep breaths. Inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth to release any stress or pause any thoughts or to do lists you carried with you into this moment.
TIP 2: BREATHE AND WRITE WHY YOU NEED TO PRACTICE SELF CARE IN YOUR DIGITAL LIFE.
  • Take SEVEN deep breaths. Inhale and exhale through your nose. Ask yourself why you need to practice self-care in your digital life. Use the next 10 to 20 minutes (or more if you need it) and a piece of paper, journal, smartphone, iPad, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer to write or type your response to the following writing prompt: “I need to practice self care in my digital life because _________________ (fill in the blank).”
TIP 3: BREATHE AND WRITE WHAT YOU NEED TO PRACTICE SELF CARE IN YOUR DIGITAL LIFE.
  • Take SEVEN deep breaths. Inhale and exhale through your nose. Ask yourself what you need in your digital life to practice self care. Use the next 10 to 20 minutes (or more if you need it) and a piece of paper, journal, smartphone, iPad, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer to write or type your response to the following writing prompt: “To practice self care in my digital life I need _______ (fill in the blank).”
  • Feel free to include the amount of time you need on a daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly basis to unplug. Consider taking sabbaticals or vacations from your digital life, too!
  • Share the types of activities you can do to rest, relax, and recharge.
  • Identify one or two people in your life that you can ask to be your accountability partner. An accountability partner is someone who will gently remind you to practice self care in your digital life.
  • If you can, give yourself a start date for launching your digital wellness plan.
Just in case you need more suggestions for creating mini unplug moments, I have included a list of my favorites below:
  • Before you get out of bed, incorporate breathing exercises into your morning routine by taking SEVEN deep breaths. Place your hand on your heart as you inhale and exhale through your nose.
  • Establish FIVE minutes of “soothing your soul time” at the end of your day. UNPLUG from your electronic devices. Start with playing your favorite music. As you listen to the music, take SEVEN deep breaths. Inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth. As you exhale, release any thoughts, stress, to do list items, or emotions that may prevent you from being in the present moment.
  • While you’re working during the day, UNPLUG from your electronic devices and take a THREE minute break by inhaling and exhaling through your nose three times.
  • During your morning and evening commutes, UNPLUG from your digital devices and take FIVE deep breaths (inhale and exhale through your  nose) before you turn your car or motorcycle/scooter, start to bike, or when you sit down on public transportation.
  • Before answering your phone, take a deep breath (inhale and exhale through your nose).
My Final Thoughts
Remember to be patient with yourself as you make changes in your digital life. Take baby steps. Celebrate your victories, no matter how small or big they are. Enjoy your digital wellness journey!

Join @DigitalSisterhd & Ananda Leeke for 10/23 #DigitalSisterhood Book Twitter Chat at 9pm EST


Happy Digital Sisterhood Wednesday!

Digital Sisterhood Network (DSN) is launching the #DigitalSisterhood Wednesday Question of the Day (QOTD). It is based on Ananda Leeke’s new book, Digital Sisterhood: A Memoir of Fierce Living Online. Many thanks to our digital sisters Julie Diaz Asper and Xina Eiland for brainstorming the idea.

Today’s QOTD is: Who are the digital sisters that have influenced you the most?

Ananda Leeke and her mother, Theresa B. Leeke

Ananda Leeke and her mother, Theresa B. Leeke

This morning, Ananda shared an Instagram photo of her digital sister. Guess who it is?

Her mother, Theresa B. Leeke. Click here to read how her mother has influenced her digital journey and life. Listen to the audio blog too.

Photo Credit: Twitter.com

Photo Credit: Twitter.com

Also, join Ananda for the #DigitalSisterhood Book Twitter Chat and a deeper discussion about this topic tonight from 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. EST. Follow @digitalsisterhd and use #DigitalSisterhood to participate in the conversation. HootSuite.com, Tweetchat,com, and Tweetgrid.com are great tools for tracking the discussion.

9781491706398_COVER_FQA.inddYou can purchase Digital Sisterhood on Amazon.com.

Women Are Talking About The Power of Digital Sisterhood in October & November


Logo by Dariela Cruz

Logo by Dariela Cruz

9781491706398_COVER_FQA.inddWith the release of Digital Sisterhood Network (DSN) founder Ananda Leeke’s new book, Digital Sisterhood: A Memoir of Fierce Living Online (available on Amazon), women are talking about the power of Digital Sisterhood online and offline this month. In Chapter 14 of Digital Sisterhood, Ananda writes,

“Digital Sisterhood is the feminine currency women use to create relationship wealth through the connections they make, conversations they have, communities they build, causes they support, collaborative partnerships they establish, and commerce they engage in with women they meet online and offline. The relationship wealth of digital sisterhood is based on what women care about and their shared interests and experiences. This wealth supports women as they stand in their own power and reclaim themselves online and offline. When they do so, they move with a power not seen before. It is rooted in women being fully,

P – Present when they

O – Own their lives as

W – Women who believe they have

E – Everything they need to live out their

R – Revolution of authenticity.

When all women know their investment in themselves and each other, they will yield a high return!”

What do you think about her definition?

What is your definition of Digital Sisterhood?

Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Check out the list of upcoming events sponsored by DSN, 85 Broads Boston, Everywhere, Spelman College’s Digital Moving Image Salon and Art of Genius Creative Technology Series below that women are participating in to discuss, explore, and learn about the power of Digital Sisterhood.

 

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SPECIAL NOTE: Digital Sisterhood Month (#DSMonth), the fourth annual celebration of women in social media and tech, will be held December 1 through December 31. This year’s theme is “Fierce Living: Too Bold for Boundaries.” During #DSMonth, DSN will announce the 2013 Digital Sisters of the Year, a dynamic group of 100 digital diva leaders known as the “Digital Sisterhood 100.”