Join Digital Sisterhood Network Founder Ananda Leeke at Press Publish Conference on March 28!


Press Publish Conference in Portland

Press Publish Conference in Portland

Greetings Digital Sisters

Digital Sisterhood Network founder Ananda Leeke is heading to Press Publish, WordPress’ first-ever conference featuring WordPress bloggers and the people behind WordPress.com, on March 27 and 28 in Portland, Oregon. While she’s at Press Publish, she’ll lead a session on “Blogging for Obama” that will give her an opportunity to share how she began blogging for personal reasons, evolved into a social media leader for the White House, and learned how to make the most of opportunities that have presented themselves as a result of her blogging adventures on March 28.

She’s also serve as a panelist for Michelle Langston’s session, “A Tale of Two Sites.” During this session, you’ll have a chance to look at her older AnandaLeeke.com web site and blog and learn how Michelle transformed them into a new and improved site that fully expresses her personality and online goals.

In addition to these sessions, you’ll be able to dive into a day of learning with presentations and tutorials led by an amazing group of speakers including Digital Sister of the Year Kathy Cano-Murillo, founder of the CrafyChica.com, on blogging 101, blogging on the go, going pro as a blogger, storytelling, turning your blog into a book or business, writing, WordPress design and plugins, and so much more. Click to see the schedule.

Oh yeah, you’ll get to attend a Friday evening mixer where you will meet your fellow bloggers, receive your attendee packet, and enjoy storytelling by Longreads, snacks, and libations.

Guess what? The generous and groovy Press Publish team is offering a special 40% discount to the conference! Click here and use the special coupon code SISTERHOOD40 to register. One last thing — your ticket purchase also gets you a 1-year subscription to the WordPress Premium upgrade, a $99 value, that you can use on any WordPress.com blog. A coupon code and instructions on how to redeem it will be included in your ticket confirmation email.

See you in Portland!

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Using Your Digital Citizenship to Give Back in July


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Happy July and Happy Digital Citizenship Month Digital Sisters!

This month Digital Sisterhood Network (DSN) is celebrating Digital Citizenship Month and the theme, “Using Your Digital Citizenship to Give Back.” How are you using your digitial citizenship to give back?

Today’s blog invites you to explore who you are as an Evangelista. Check out the Evangelista Profile below. It is an excerpt from Ananda Leeke’s new book, Digital Sisterhood: A Memoir of Fierce Living Online

Photo Credit: Leigh Mosley, www.leighmosley.com

Photo Credit: Leigh Mosley, http://www.leighmosley.com

Evangelista Profile

 An Evangelista is a woman who supports and advocates a philosophy, a values system, a lifestyle, a cause, or a campaign that improves her life and others’ lives.  If you identify with one or more of the Evangelista’s characteristics, please check out the Evangelista Manifesto collage below. Consider making one to jumpstart your writing process. All you need are some of your favorite magazines, construction or poster board paper, scissors, and glue sticks. Look for words, phrases, and images that represent your definition of an Evangelista. Paste them on to your paper. If you need to write some of your words and phrases, use magic markers, crayons, or pens. After you finish the collage, give yourself a few days to look at it. Record any thoughts you have while looking at it. Use them  as writing prompts for your Manifesto. Feel free to use the one contained below as a sample or adopt it as your own.

Evangelista collage by Ananda Leeke

Evangelista collage by Ananda Leeke

Evangelista Manifesto

I am a woman who believes I can be heard, persuasive, enthusiastic, optimistic, passionate, articulate, generous, outgoing, and inspiring when I pursue what matters most. That’s when I am a force. One for others. One for humanity. I am a voice for those who have no voice. The change maker. The advocate involved in supporting a great cause. A woman making a difference. A woman starting something good and helping the planet. A woman making the world a better place for all.

Chakra Connection

Evangelista’s energy is connected to the:

  • Sacral, or second chakra, which corresponds to creativity, pleasure, sexuality, and well-being. It governs the bladder, circulatory system, and sexual and reproductive organs.
  • Solar plexus, or third chakra, which corresponds to willpower, persistence, self-worth, self-confidence, and self-esteem. It governs the stomach, small intestine, liver, gallbladder, and spleen.
  • Heart, or fourth chakra, which corresponds to love, joy, harmony, and inner peace. It governs the heart, chest, lungs, and circulation).

Color Connection

Wear or surround yourself with the colors orange (second chakra), yellow (third chakra), and green or pink (fourth chakra) to connect with Evangelista’s energy.

Gemstone Connection

Wear or surround yourself with amber or carnelian (second chakra), citrine or tiger’s eye (third chakra), and aventurine or rose quartz (fourth chakra) gemstones to connect with Evangelista’s energy.

Goddess Connection

Evangelista is connected to the goddesses mentioned below.

  • Oshun, the Yoruba goddess of creativity, and Sarasvati, the Hindu goddess of the arts (second chakra)
  • Al-Uzza, the Arabian goddess of confidence, vigilance, and preparation; Amaterasu, the Japanese sun goddess of royal power; Durga, the Hindu warrior goddess; and Sekhmet, the Egyptian warrior goddess (third chakra)
  • Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love; Erzulie, the Haitian goddess of love; Kwan Yin, the Chinese goddess of compassion; and Venus, the Roman goddess of love, (fourth chakra)

Yoga Connection

Practicing bound angle, downward facing dog, triangle, and wide angle poses (second chakra); bow, boat, warrior one, warrior two, warrior three, sun salutation, and all twisting poses (third chakra); and camel, cat, cobra, fish, sphinx, upward facing dog, and upward facing bow poses (fourth chakra) can help you connect with Evangelista’s energy.

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

2012 Digital Sisters of the Year

2013 Digital Sisters of the Year

Cover Art by Dariela Cruz

Cover Art by Dariela Cruz

Learn More About Digital Sisters of the Year and Digital Sisterhood Leadership Archetypes

Digital Sisterhood Network founder Ananda Leeke’s new book, Digital Sisterhood: A Memoir of Fierce Living Online (available on Amazon for Kindle and as a paperback) 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 your own Digital Sisterhood Leadership Archetypes. The interactive exercises encourage you to journal your thoughts in the book’s notes section.

DSN Founder Ananda Leeke’s June 26th Book Reading in PG County, MD


Guess where Digital Sisterhood Network founder Ananda Leeke will be this week? In PG County, Maryland  (the county she was raised in).
Join Ananda on June 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for an author discussion sponsored by the Women’s Ministry of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 2020 St. Joseph Drive, Largo, MD (located just off Landover Road, Route 202). The event will be held in the Rosemont Room. Refreshments will be served.
Cover Art by Dariela Cruz

Cover Art by Dariela Cruz

She is one of the two featured authors. She’ll be reading an excerpt from her book, Digital Sisterhood: A Memoir of Fierce Living Online. Copies of the book will be available for autograph and sale (cash and credit card payments). To learn more about her book, visit Amazon (available on Kindle and as a paperback).
 

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!

Happy June Digital Sisters: Are You An Empirista?


Happy June Digital Sisters!

This month Digital Sisterhood Network (DSN) is celebrating the theme, “Lean In and Build Your Empire.” How are you serving as CEO of your life in 2014? What does CEO mean to you? What is your empire? How are you building it?

Today’s blog invites you to explore who you are as an Empirista. Check out the Empirista Profile below. It is an excerpt from Ananda Leeke’s new book, Digital Sisterhood: A Memoir of Fierce Living Online.

Empirista - Photo Credit: Leigh Mosley, www.leighmosley.com

Empirista – Photo Credit: Leigh Mosley, http://www.leighmosley.com

Empirista Profile

An Empirista is a woman who thinks of herself as CEO of her own corporation, ME, Inc.; maintains an entrepreneurial mindset; and gives birth to ideas and transforms them into businesses, economies, institutions, networks, and organizations that add value to people’s lives. If you identify with one or more of the Empirista’s characteristics, please check out the Empirista Manifesto collage below. Consider making one to jumpstart your writing process. All you need are some of your favorite magazines, construction or poster board paper, scissors, and glue sticks. Look for words, phrases, and images that represent your definition of an Empirista Paste them on to your paper. If you need to write some of your words and phrases, use magic markers, crayons, or pens. After you finish the collage, give yourself a few days to look at it. Record any thoughts you have while looking at it. Use them  as writing prompts for your Manifesto. Feel free to use the one contained below as a sample or adopt it as your own.

Empirista Collage by Ananda Leeke

Empirista Collage by Ananda Leeke

Manifesto:

I am a woman whose time has come as an entrepreneur, trailblazer, thought leader and pioneer. I am amazing in motion, taking aim, and leading by example. Carpe Diem is my mantra. It helps me start something that matters. It reminds me I got the power. So I own it. I can do what I love and love the rewards. All I have to do is focus, dream it, plan it, and do it. I can take it to the next level when I think outside of the box, act boldly, spark a change, and have fun. Being confident and taking risks makes me unstoppable. I build, adapt, develop diverse perspectives, plot the future, and even make mistakes. I own my tomorrow now!

Chakra Connection:

Empirista’s energy is connected to the:

§  Root, or first, chakra which corresponds to survival issues including food, shelter, money, and financial independence. It governs the feet, legs, bones, and spine.

§  Sacral, or second chakra, which corresponds to creativity, pleasure, sexuality, and well-being. It governs the bladder, circulatory system, and sexual and reproductive organs.

§  Solar plexus, or third chakra, which corresponds to willpower, persistence, self-worth, self-confidence, and self-esteem. It governs the stomach, small intestine, liver, gallbladder, and spleen.

§  Third-eye, or sixth chakra, which corresponds to intuition, imagination, wisdom, and the ability to think and make decisions. It governs the eyes and base of the skull.

Chakra Colors

Chakra Colors

Color Connection:

Wear or surround yourself with the colors red (first chakra), orange (second chakra), yellow (third chakra), and indigo blue (sixth chakra) to connect with Empirista’s energy.

Gemstone Connection:

Wear or surround yourself with garnet or ruby (first chakra), amber or carnelian (second chakra), citrine or tiger’s eye (third chakra), and lapis lazuli (sixth chakra) gemstones to connect with Empirista’s energy.

Goddess Connection:

Empirista is connected to the following goddesses mentioned below.

§  Atira, the Pawnee Native American goddess of the earth; Coatlicue, the Mexican goddess of the earth; and Gaia, the Greek goddess of the earth (first chakra)

§  Oshun, the Yoruba goddess of creativity, and Sarasvati, the Hindu goddess of the arts (second chakra)

§  Al-Uzza, the Arabian goddess of confidence, vigilance, and preparation; Amaterasu, the Japanese sun goddess of royal power; Durga, the Hindu warrior goddess; and Sekhmet, the Egyptian warrior goddess (third chakra)

§  Tara, the Tibetan goddess of wisdom (sixth chakra)

Yoga Connection (Click here to search Yoga Journal’s web site for instructions on how to do each pose):

Practicing mountain, warrior two, standing forward fold, and bridge poses (first chakra); bound angle, downward facing dog, triangle, and wide-angle poses (second chakra); bow, boat, warrior one, warrior two, warrior three, sun salutation, and all twisting poses (third chakra); and bridge, child’s, downward facing dog, shoulder stand, and standing half forward bend poses (sixth chakra) can help you connect with Empirista’s energy.

Badge designed by Dariela Cruz

Badge designed by Dariela Cruz

During Digital Sisterhood Month 2012 and 2013, the women listed below were named Empirista Digital Sisters of the Year. Take a few minutes to learn about them. They are great Empirista 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’s Digital Sisterhood book (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 the Empirista and the six other Digital Sisterhood Leadership Archetypes. The interactive exercises encourage you to journal your thoughts in the book’s notes section.

AnandaLeeke.com logo by Madelyn C. Leeke

AnandaLeeke.com logo by Madelyn C. Leeke

If you are in Washington, DC on June 18, plan to attend the DSN June Meet Up and Book Signing for Ananda’s Digital Sisterhood from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Lettie Gooch, a high-end specialty boutique for women, 1517 U Street, NW, (located on 15th and U Streets, two blocks from the U Street/Cardozo Green/Yellow Line Metro). Click here to register for the event.

 

Attend April 23 DC Digital Sisterhood Breakfast Meet Up: Chai, Creativity Conversations & Community at Teaism


Logo by Dariela Cruz

Logo by Dariela Cruz

Calling Digital Sisters in DC, Maryland, and Virginia!

Have you ever celebrated Digital Sisterhood Wednesday?

Drop by the DC Digital Sisterhood Meet Up: Chai, Creativity Conversations & Community and meet Digital Sisterhood Network founder Ananda Leeke on April 23, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Teaism, a woman-owned tea house, 2009 R Street, NW, Washington, DC (located just off the corner of Connecticut and R Streets, two blocks north of the Dupont Circle Red Line Metro; exit on the Q Street side). Click here to register to attend on Eventbrite.

Photo Cedit: Teaism.com

Photo Cedit: Teaism.com

Teaism offers some of the best chai tea in DC and other yummy teas and beverages. The breakfast menu is AWESOME. Click here to learn more.

PS: Read this “Are You A Creativista?” blog post for clues on prizes you could win at the April 23rd Meet Up.

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.