Get Ready for 12/8 Digital Sisterhood Radio Interview with Sylvia Wong Lewis


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Celebrate Digital Sisterhood Month 2013 by tuning into Digital Sisterhood Radio’s interview with 2013 Lifestylista Digital Sister of the Year Sylvia Wong Lewis on December 8 from 9:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. EST. Click here to listen to the radio show.

Photo Credit: Sylvia Lewis

Photo Credit: Sylvia Lewis

 

Photo Credit: Sylvia Wong Lewis

Photo Credit: Sylvia Wong Lewis

 

Lewis is the founder of Narrative Network, a legacy and lifestyle blog and media consulting firm based in New York City. She is also a proud alumna of Smith College (2013 Digital Sister of the Year Women’s College), chef, foodie, gardener, genealogist, and Examiner.com columnist. Be sure to follow her on Twitter @sylviawonglewis.

Meet 2013 Digital Sisters of the Year – #DigitalSisterhood 100


Badge Design by Dariela Cruz

Badge Design by Dariela Cruz

Happy #DigitalSisterhood Wednesday and Digital Sisterhood Month 2013!

The Digital Sisterhood Network is proud to announce the 2013 Digital Sisters of the Year. They represent the #DigitalSisterhood 100. Each Digital Sister of the Year truly embodies the theme of Digital Sisterhood Month 2013: “Fierce Living: Too Bold for Boundaries.” To learn more about them, check out the #DigitalSisterhood 100 list below.

The list is organized into seven categories: Creativista, Empirista, Empowerista, Enchantista, Evangelista, Flowista, and Lifestylista. The categories are based on the Digital Sisterhood Leadership Archetypes.

  • A Creativista is a woman who gives birth to creativity (art, books, films, products, services, and webisodes).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A Flowista is a woman who unplugs from her digital life and tech devices for periods of time so she can recharge and take care of herself; and encourages women to unplug from their digital lives by incorporating mindfulness and self-care practices.
  • A Lifestylista is a woman who lives her life as a work of art; expresses it through her passion for beauty, entertaining, fashion, food, home décor, personal style, and travel; and inspires others to live their lives as works of art.
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.

Special Message for 2013 Digital Sisters of the Year — #DigitalSisterhood 100

Please feel free to post the Digital Sister of the Year badge on your blog, web site, and social media sites. The code is also included below.

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Badge Design by Dariela Cruz

Badge Design by Dariela Cruz

2013 #DigitalSisterhood 100 List

1) Creativistas

2) Empiristas

3) Empoweristas

4) Enchantistas

5) Evangelistas

6) Flowistas

7) Lifestylistas

#DSMonth Day 14 Recap: NYC Meet Up at Argo Tea


Argo Tea in Chelsea, NYC

Argo Tea in Chelsea, NYC

Day 14 of Digital Sisterhood Month featured a meet up at Argo Tea (Chelsea location) in New York City. The meet up was organized to conduct outreach to women in social media and technology. During the meet up, Digital Sisterhood Network (DSN) founder Ananda Leeke met with Halana Black, founder of Garlic and Lemons; Christina Soriano, founder of Soriano Designs; and Amy Vernon, a freelance writer, digital strategist, and General Manager of Social Marketing for Internet Media Labs. The group discussed how women can present themselves as a business and brand with multiple businesses and passions. They also shared resources, brainstormed ideas for collaborative partnerships, and identified ways DSN can provide support in their 2013 efforts.

12/14 #DSMonth NYC Meet Up Members: Halana, Amy, and Ananda - Photo by Christina Soriano

12/14 #DSMonth NYC Meet Up Members: Halana, Amy, and Ananda – Photo by Christina Soriano

Photo Credit: Christina Soriano

Photo Credit: Christina Soriano

#DSMonth Guest Blog Post by Nakita Pope, Founder of Branding Chicks


Happy Day 26 of #DigitalSisterhood Month! Happy #DigitalSisterhood Wednesday! Happy First Day of Kwanzaa – Umoja (Unity)!

Today, Digital Sisterhood Network is celebrating the voices of our community by sharing a guest blog post written by Nakita Pope, founder of Branding Chicks. Check out what Nakita has to say about the #DSMonth 2012 theme “Creativity + Great Health = Fierce Living Women.” To learn more about Nakita and her business, visit www.facebook.com/BrandingChicks. Follow her on Twitter: @brandingchicks.

Photo Credit: Nakita Pope

Photo Credit: Nakita Pope

Guest Blog Post by Nakita Pope, Founder of Branding Chicks

I love the Digital Sisterhood Month theme of Creativity + Great Health = Fierce Living Women. It’s something that resonates with me in a very real way, because I see the relationship between the two everyday in my life. In my heart I am an artist and creator, among other things. I’m blessed that part of my creative outlet IS my and people actually PAY me to do it! When I picked up my first box of crayons I never imagined that I would be able to do the thing that made my heart happy for the rest of my life. Although being creative is what I do for a living, no matter what you’re doing, you can bring creativity to it. But, you have to be healthy in order to have that metaphorical clean slate for creativity to show up.

There are so many aspects of your health. In my experience, being able to keep a sense of balance in my life is what creates the mental wellbeing that allows me to live, create, work, and love powerfully. As a soloprenuer, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with my endless list of things to do …. especially when I wear all of the hats.

However, creating and maintaining that balance is important and necessary for me. It’s what keeps me sane and when I feel most like myself. The biggest lesson I’ve learned is that I am the only one that can create that balance for myself. My mental health is not nearly as important to anyone else as it is to me, so I had to find ways to keep the joy in my work and my life. On those long lists of to-dos?….are also fun things. Yes. I make it an actual task that gets checked off on my list. Whether it’s a pedicure, a call to someone I love that I haven’t spoken to in a while, or to draw something just because I want to, it goes on the list! That way, I actually get to see the balance I’m creating for myself in a very tangible way daily.

When I neglect to do it, I notice the difference in how I deal with my clients, how inspired I am, and ultimately how FIERCE I am. Maybe my method won’t work for you, but I encourage you to look for ways to take care of yourself not only mentally, but physically. We as women have a tendency to take care of everyone but ourselves, but it’s that commitment to being powerfully whole that can allow you to have even more to give and more to create!

 

#DSMonth Guest Blog Post by Pen of The NetworkFAM


Happy Day 26 of #DigitalSisterhood Month! Happy #DigitalSisterhood Wednesday! Happy First Day of Kwanzaa – Umoja (Unity)!

Today, Digital Sisterhood Network is celebrating the voices of our community by sharing a guest blog post written by Pen, the co-founder of The NetworkFAM. Check out what Pen has to say about the #DSMonth 2012 theme “Creativity + Great Health = Fierce Living Women” and what it means to her and her business. To learn more about Pen and her business, visit www.thenetworkfam.com. Follow her on Twitter: @loudpen.

Guest Blog Post by Pen, Co-Founder of The NetworkFam

Photo by Cacha

Photo by Cacha

I first came across the Digital Sisterhood Network via Twitter during their weekly #DigitalSisterhood Wednesday celebration and was immediately intrigued. I was interested in learning more about The Digital Sisterhood Network because I live and breathe all things digital both personally and professionally, not to mention, I am all about networking with other digital savvy women. Recently, the fabulous founder of The Digital Sisterhood Network, Ananda Leeke invited me to write this post about what this month’s theme “Creativity + Great Health = Fierce Living Women” means to me and my business.

My company is called The NetworkFAM and it encompasses several different businesses that all work together to promote diversity in fashion, art, & music. Through Cacha` Management and Pen PR, we provide models, stylists, make-up artists, and designers with management, public relations, social media marketing, event and photo shoot production. Our publishing company, 158TH & BROADWAY produces our blogs de la Pen, Cacha`, and The Blogging PR Girl. 158TH & BROADWAY also includes our digital publication, Flavor Magazine NYC and our web series “The Chronicles of Cacha` and Pen”; both of those projects will be released in 2013.

“Creativity + Great Health = Fierce Living Women” is essentially an equation that gives one the recipe for success in life. In essence, this month’s Digital Sisterhood theme is a life lesson to me. As you can see, my business does many things because my business partner, Cacha` and I wanted a company that would allow us to be as creative, independent, and successful as possible.

We are all about being creative, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and being fierce living women. Therefore, I feel that we embody this month’s Digital Sisterhood theme and it is a mantra that we also live by. As female entrepreneurs in the digital realm, we constantly have to be creative when approaching prospective clients, the media, or sponsors and partners. When we have to pitch to these various entities, each pitch has to be tailored and targeted to its audience or else the pitch will be ignored.

We also seek to stay healthy because if we are under the weather then we can’t work which leads to missed opportunities that are crucial to a start-up like ours. As far as being “fierce living women” Cacha` and I want to be more than just successful, we want to be icons. Therefore, we are always seeking to be innovative, informed, and on the pulse of “what’s next”. So be on the look out for The NetworkFAM because we believe that “Creativity + Great Health = Fierce Living Women!”

#DSMonth Day 11 Recap: DC She Writers Meet Up at Teaism


Teaism Instagram Collage featuring Valerie Trammel and Ananda Leeke

Teaism Instagram Collage featuring Valerie Trammel and Ananda Leeke

Day 11 of Digital Sisterhood Month (#DSMonth) was celebrated at Teaism, a woman-owned tea house located at Penn Quarter in Washington, D.C. Cups of ginger zing tea and dark chocolate salty oatmeal cookies kept the DC She Writers Meet Up energized on a cold Tuesday night. Valerie Trammel, a new D.C. resident and communications and marketing professional (formerly the Director of Cultural Affairs for the City of Wilmington, Delaware) and Ananda Leeke, #DSMonth founder, discussed their creative journeys, favorite books, social media tools for writers and communications professionals, 2012 lessons learned, 2013 plans, and The Power of Memoir by Linda Joy Myers. They also met and chatted with a creative meet up group of women and men knitters who organized themselves via Twitter. The night ended with a ride home provided by Uber DC courtesy of digital sister Mazzie, a DC knitter.

Visit SheWrites.com to learn more about the women writers community.

#DSMonth Day 8 Recap: Photos and Videos from #DSStyleSalon


Check out photos from the Digital Sisterhood Month’s Salon Series on “DC Style: Past, Present, and Future” that was held on December 8, 2012, at the Tenley-Friendship DC Public Library.

Brea Ellis & Rosemary Reed Miller

Brea Ellis & Rosemary Reed Miller

The Salon Series on “DC Style: Past, Present, and Future” featured a discussion on DC style during the past 30 years, a fashion and style blogger town hall on the present trends in DC style, and a conversation with DC designers on the future of DC style.

Blogger Town Hall Speakers Krystin Hargrove,  Monica Byrd, and Deb Vaughan

Blogger Town Hall Speakers Krystin Hargrove, Monica Byrd, and Deb Vaughan

Brea Ellis and DC designers Philissa Williams and Katherine Martinez

Brea Ellis and DC designers Philissa Williams and Katherine Martinez

The speakers included:

#DSStyleSalon audience

#DSStyleSalon audience

Philissa Williams and her mom & Ananda Leeke

Philissa Williams and her mom & Ananda Leeke

Brea Ellis, a fourth generation Washingtonian and the founder of What I Wore: tip to toe, a personal style blog, and Digital Sisterhood Network founder Ananda Leeke served as moderators. Click here to read Brea’s blog recap about the Salon Series.

Photos and Videos (for videos — turn the volume up on your computer, lap top, tablet or digital device up — low audio recordings)

  • Click here to see the event photos on Flickr.
  • Watch video of Brea Ellis and Rosemary Reed Miller – Part One.
  • Watch video of Brea Ellis and Rosemary Reed Miller – Part Two.
  • Watch video of Brea Ellis and Rosemary Reed Miller – Part Three.
  • Watch video of Krystin Hargrove.
  • Watch video of Monica Byrd.
  • Watch video of Deb Vaughan.

#DSMonth Day 7 Recap – Yoga and Gallery Field Trip


Photo Credit: Embrace with Faith Hunter

Photo Credit: Embrace with Faith Hunter

Artist Kesha Bruce and Ananda Leeke

Artist Kesha Bruce and Ananda Leeke

Day 7 of Digital Sisterhood Month featured a lovely yoga class taught by  Shawna Renee at Embrace yoga studio (owned by Faith Hunter) and a visit to the Morton Fine Art gallery to see Kesha Bruce and her amazing art work. I have been a fan of Bruce’s works for several years. I discovered her work online and adore her blog. For more information, visit Bruce’s web site: keshabruce.com.