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#TribeThursdays with Sincerely Image

#TribeThursdays with Sincerely Image

This #TribeThursday series cannot happen without mentioning my partner in crime, business and lifestyle, Rachel Pangilinan of Sincerely Image. Sincerely Image is "A lifestyle company that offers creative services for conscious, creative and underrepresented people. Our main focus is to help tell your sincere stories and to capture perfectly imperfect moments" (Sincerely Image) When someone is in their journey and search for their "tribe" there are a few things to look for: A balanced Partnership, aligned missions and values and most of all, being able to automatically absorb energy with their mere existence, which is everything that describes my relationship with Rachel. She is constantly striving to experiment with new choices, methods and places. Her practice in art and design is carefully crafted as she utilizes natural traits of her subjects since she believes their individual traits is what exemplifies their natural beauty. Tune in to today's interview and discover what goes on in the mindset of a creative genius who wears many hats. B: Tell me about yourself R: I'm a daughter to Filipino immigrant parents. I'm a big dreamer. Super impulsive. I like to say that I'm a creative, because I do a lot of different things. I like wearing many hats. I'm a wife to a supportive husband and mom to twin girls, Artemis and Apollo. B: What is the name of your business and what do you do? R: I'm the founder of Sincerely Image, which is a lifestyle service + community for the creative, conscious + underrepresented. I also recently joined the Flow Journal App team as one of their UX designers. Full-time, I'm a graphic designer in the print flyer industry (currently I do the Sleep Country flyers). B:What is the best lesson you’ve learned from being an entrepreneur? R: A few lessons, actually: When things get really busy, don't be afraid to outsource. Protect your brand. Be selective of who you invest your time in.Keep your paperwork organized and set aside a % of your earnings for tax season.Collaborate with others you believe in and who believe in you. Ask for feedback and use it. What can you improve? What should be highlighted? B: What is your mission behind Sincerely Image R: My mission is to support and uplift underrepresented people. I’m talking mothers (of all kinds), BIPOC, POC, LGBTQ, small business owners, lonely trailblazers... B: Do you have a morning routine? If yes, describe it. R: I actually don't have much of a routine going because it varies based on whether my hubby is off work or not! Mainly, it's a lot of baby stuff, making a quick breakfast and then getting myself zoom call ready for my 9-5 WFH job. B: What do you do on days where you feel like you’re having a brain freeze? R: I'll let the off days happen and try not to fight it. If I'm working on something and I feel stuck, I need to stop and just give it time. Ideas don't usually come to me when I'm forcing it. When the time is right, it just flows. "When things get really busy, don't be afraid to outsource. Protect your brand. Be selective of who you invest your time in." B: What is your mission statement? R: To do the best work I can to thrive in my life, to learn life's lessons, raise great humans and to positively impact those around me. B: Who are your biggest inspirations? R: My past self and future self. B: What is one thing you would share to those who want to become a Photographer/UX Designer? R: In these industries, you have to have something to show. That portfolio should be your main focus when you're starting out. Ask yourself, "What kind of work do I want to do? Fashion photography? Get fashionable friends to stand in as your subject. Want to improve how the instagram app is used? Do a case study on it. And once you figure out which direction you want to go, work to have samples of that as proof of what you are capable of. B: What is your social media handle and available contact information? R: @sincerelyimage / @sincerelysevenxo / sincerelyimage.com YOU CAN ALSO PURCHASE EXCLUSIVE SINCERELY IMAGE PRINTS HERE: http://www.sincerelyimage.com/shop Are you a female entrepreneur who wants to share their story and participate in #TribeThursdays? Email us here: hello@blessancaco.com SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER HERE

Tribe Thursdays: Attia Events (Rana & Theresa)

Tribe Thursdays: Attia Events (Rana & Theresa)

Theresa Dang and Rana Attia are not only partners in business but partners in life. I had the opportunity to sit down with them and chat about the vision behind Attia Events, a Wedding and Event Planning Company. We talked about their values and mission for the business, learning opportunities they experienced as Entrepreneurs and their pride and support for the LGBTQ community. They share their inspiration behind their unique designed and executed events and photoshoots and why they chose the non-traditional wedding aesthetics. If you’re thinking about getting into event planning, but not sure of what direction you want to go - this interview just might help you make a choice.

What is the name of your business and what do you guys do? R: We're Attia events and we're a Wedding and Event planning company. We also are involved in the design and decor aspect of the planning.

T: Yeah, Design is something we’ve added recently since it was something I'm more focused on, but overall it's weddings and events. What’s the story behind the name “Attia Events”? How do you pronounce it?
R: Attia (AH-Tee-yah) after my last name. A lot of people thought It was just “Tia”, so I’ll have people come up to me, thinking it’s my first name and say “Hi Tia.” And I'm like, “No, it’s AH-tia, but you know, close enough.” In the end, I want this to be MY company. Before me and Theresa were partners in this, I knew I wanted this to be my “legacy” you know. In that sense, I would be able to die knowing that my name was under this company. Just from its name alone, it creates its own identity. I commend you both for creating such creative campaigns, reaching out to other business owners and executing collaborative projects. What made you want to initiate these projects? R: We’ve always thought about it, even like from the very beginning. It's always been about collaboration over competition for me. T: There's enough to go around for everyone. Why not support each other and grow together, you know, in this little tiny industry that we're in. Tell me something about yourself. R: I guess a fun fact would be business-related. When I was doing my post-grad at Humber, I told myself and everyone around me that I was never going to touch weddings in my life ever because I hated it. And I remember telling myself “I don’t know too much about weddings - it’s not my forte. This is just not what I see in my future.” But something switched in me. I guess as I got more experienced in the industry and left school, it helped me become more open minded to weddings. Now! I can't see myself ever NOT doing weddings. Even if, even if it's a small spectrum of the company in the future. I will always have a little piece of my heart attached to weddings. B: That's great! And I love that! It just really comes to show that you've come a long way. You've completely evolved and established who you really want it to be. It's not even just weddings that you weren't going after. It's those relationships that you were establishing. I feel like that really shows throughout the world you both have created. Okay. Theresa, your turn! T: Before joining this business, and even before meeting Rana, I was a very insecure person. Like, I don't think it showed that much, but inside, I just never knew what I really wanted. I was confused about who I was, who I wanted to be with in terms of my sexuality and stuff. I realized after meeting Rana, she was the right person for me. She helped me become the person who I was meant to be. I'm so much more confident in who I am now, what I want to do. Also, joining the business helped me realize how creative I actually am. All of my previous jobs were very corporate and behind a computer screen. She gave me the opportunity to explore my creative freedom with her. She’s always supporting me, even when my ideas are really ridiculous. She's like, “Why not! Just do it! And let's see where it takes us.” For the first time in my entire life, I just feel 100% good. I've never felt like this in my life and I'm actually happy with where we're going and with who I am. What is the best lesson you've learned from being an entrepreneur? T: I think one of the major things is that you shouldn't be afraid to put your work out there. In the beginning sometimes you have to kind of do work for free. Especially when you’re trying to get more exposure and get your name out there. We did a lot of free work and helped others; wedding planners, and other photographers. We even put our own money into producing photoshoots to shoot content. That was our way of networking and developing more partnerships.You just have to do free work sometimes. Yeah, it sucks. but it's not like you're putting less value on your work. I think at the beginning that's like the best way to make connections. That's what helped us grow the most. I don't think it's devaluing yourself, but then once you know your worth, then you better price your services right.You just have to get your name out there. R: I think one lesson we both learned. Well, when I started the company on my own at first, I was just playing by the rules and thinking about what my audience will like, or what kind of content should I create? What kind of website should I have to satisfy the market and what I think other people will like in order to come and join us. T: Yeah like what a typical wedding planner should do R: Yeah! It was all based on what I think other people would like. But as we progressed throughout the years, I realized that's not the way I want to go and I'm not going to be happy because that's not who we truly are. We're trying to actually show who our true selves are. A lot of people are always going to have something to say about you, regardless of how much you try to please the world, they're always going to have something negative to say about you. So why not just do what you want to do and just BE HAPPY. What is your mission behind Attia Events? T: I guess you could say that our real mission is to just connect authentically with art, with people while having fun. We just want to celebrate all love with no judgment and have fun while doing that. R: Yeah! Just letting others look at us as a whole and know right away that this is a company where they will automatically BELONG into. Knowing that we're partners not just in business, but we're also partners in life. Just seeing that and knowing that, they’ll say “Okay, this is the company I want to work with.” To be honest, the wedding industry STILL has a lot of growing to do. This past summer, there was an article that came out about a videographer who didn't accept the same-sex couple client because they didn’t support same sex marriage. There was a lot of backlash from that. That article helped companies realize that they should be changing things around and making things more inclusive to others. We want to make sure that everyone feels represented. We want to show that you’ll have a great time with us and we're going to have a really great time planning your wedding or your event. B: This is why I believe event planning companies like Attia Events need to be amplified. We always need to think of ways to get your name out there in the transactional world. I always think “What can I do to get this brand, or my friend’s brand OUT THERE?” R: I honestly completely agree with that. Especially with us. Especially when our friends are just starting out, even something really small. For example one of our friends just started a spice blend company Moms Masala. He's leading a kickstart. You want to support your friends and you want to support somebody that is doing something really good. Even if you can't financially support them, just spreading the word is just as impactful. In the beginning, when we started, it felt so nice to get such positive feedback from the people that you knew. You remember the people that supported you from the very beginning and it's such a nice feeling. Next question. Do you have a morning routine? If yes. Describe it? BOTH: *laughs* Um, not really. R: We kind of just get up. We're doing this new thing where we're intermittent fasting and don't eat until 12 and just have water. But most of the time, we have no routine. We know what we're doing throughout the day. Sometimes we'll sit together and plan out the day, especially if something important is coming up. Then we know we have a lot to do and need to work together. We'll think of a to-do list for the day and keep ourselves and each other accountable. Other than that, honestly, not really. T: We like to go with the flow a lot and if we do plan something, we like to do it at the beginning of each week and write it in the calendar day by day. Then as long as we achieve our goals during that week, then like, we're fine. We don't need to keep to a tight schedule. R: We're very flexible in that sense because I like to work more in the daytime whereas Theresa likes to work at night. So sometimes we don't have the same schedule. Sometimes we work at different times. What do you do on days where you feel like you're stuck? T: At that point we just don't do anything. We don't ever want to force ourselves to work if we can't think of something or if we're not in the mood, because that's when we start to dread it and it's not fun anymore then what's the point right? So if we ever had a day like that then we just chill out and watch TV and relax a bit until we feel like we're ready to relax your brain and then get our thoughts together and then start working again. Who is your biggest inspiration? R: Truthfully, I was thinking about this. I don't know if I have any specific ones. For me at least. I look a lot at wedding planners around the world that are not just in Toronto. I like to look at what else is going on that's not in my own bubble and what we know here in Toronto, because what we have here is so different from a big wedding planner let’s say in Australia, or even Vancouver. I look at other countries for inspiration, to force myself out of my own bubble. When I look at Toronto, our trends tend to blend in together and we all seem to have the same stuff. T: For me, I never really followed the wedding industry, so I don't have much inspiration from there. But honestly I really like art. Viewing the variety of different pictures. I love their use of colors and design. I use that inspiration and apply that to what we're doing when we're designing. Even like, when we watch movies and TV. The other day we found inspiration from Rihanna’s Fenty fashion show, Savage, on prime! B: I always find that your content always stands out. There’s something about your style of events and design that makes your audience want to vicariously live through it. It's like a temporary escape. T: I never just want to blend in because that's not who we are. I think we're quite quirky as a couple. We want to show people who we are. So it's nice when people notice that we are a bit different in a good way. B: What is the one thing you would share to those who want to become an event planner? Or event planning company or a design company. R: This goes a little bit back to what Theresa was saying before, how it was like a lesson learned. One of the lessons learned is working for free, if you can, in the beginning, build up your portfolio, build up your experience. I went to Humber College to do a postgrad in Event management, but then I also did my WPIC, which is the wedding planning certificate. To be honest, I don't know if both of them are necessary. It depends on what you want, which spectrum you want to go into, if you want to go into weddings, definitely get your WPIC. I think this is the kind of industry where experience overtakes education. It's the kind of industry where you can't really learn it from books. You have to experience something and to be able to talk to people in an industry and shadow them. From there, the people you’ve assisted and worked with, they can start to recommend you to other wedding planners that need assistance. From there, your name kind of gets thrown around a lot. I’ve also met up with a lot of event planners as well. I feel like that experience really shows what kind of execution style you're going to be able to do for your own company when you finally start it. What is your social media handle and available contact information?
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BUSINESS TOOLS you didn't know you needed until NOW!

BUSINESS TOOLS you didn't know you needed until NOW!

Sometimes finding the right tool can help you save a ton of time, which is key for operating a business. If hiring specific people with a specific skill set isn’t in the budget then these tools might help you achieve great content and organized time management skills. Check them out below: Ubersuggest - is a tool that provides insights in strategies that are working for others in the market for comparison. It gives you the opportunity to look at your other competitors’ analytics and see what’s working for them. Canva - Not a graphic designer? Then this tool is for you canva is a content design tool with thousands of templates that you can utilize for your website, social media, presentations, ads and more! Trello - this is an organized management tool that you and your team can utilize to track and plan Projects and their progress. Planoly Is a scheduling tool for Instagram and Pinterest. This tool helps with plan and schedule content, hashtags, geotag and It also allows you to sync to your Facebook business page. Clip drop is an app that can extract any image you capture and paste it on your computer screen. It uses the state of AI to provide the best quality extraction. PSD mock ups - this is a tool that has templates to help create a personalized design mock up images to present to your clients Loyalty free image sites - These sites provides loyalty free images that you can utilize if don’t have time to plan a photoshoot. ivorymix.com Scstockshop.com Styledstock.co Pixabay Style Stock Society Pexels Unsplash Stocksy - photos at a good price TONL- diverse options Foodiesfeed Lightroom App - a great photo editing tool for your content where you can also customize presets. Illustrations (If you’re not a graphic designer) - open peeps Blush.design Drawkit.Io Undraw.co Fresh-folk.com Humaaans.com Air table - Easy to use online platform for creating and sharing databases. You can store, organize, and collaborate on information about projects ex. Employee directory, inventory etc. Description - THIS is a great tool to transcribe videos and audio files (podcasts) into text. It also has the ability to edit text and screen record. For more tips, make sure to subscribe to our newsletter
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Last minute DIY gift ideas to give your mom on Mother's day

Last minute DIY gift ideas to give your mom on Mother's day

So you have about less than 24 hours to figure out what to get your mother, and Amazon or any online delivery services may not be an option anymore. Here are some DIY gifts you can quickly put together. Oh, add some flowers on top of that. 1. Chillin' with Chilli Oil Grab some olive oil, chili oil and voila! You have an easy to make Chili oil. Here's a recipe by Chili Pepper Madness to follow. 2. "Treat yo-self" Spa Kits - It can be a manicure set, a post-bath care kit. Basically a kit where mama can enjoy true "me" time. Throw in some lavender body lotions, nail polish, manicure tool kits, and a bottle of wine to set the tone. 3. Plan to plant a plant - Grab a small pot and twine from the dollar store or even an extra mason jar you have to spare, and buy soil and a pack of seeds and plant a couple of them deep within the soil. Take your twine and wrap it around the neck of the pot/mason jar and tie a bow. To add an additional touch, create a label/write a sweet note. 4. Preserves to preserve - Make mom a strawberry jam or any kind of preserve jam. Here's a simple recipe you can follow by Lord Byron's Kitchen. 5. The way to a mother's heart is...Food - You can make cookies, cakes, or any kind of dish. What matters is that she will be full. Here's a decadent chocolate cake recipe by Slaylebrity.

5 Ways to Balance WFH and Being a Full-Time Parent

5 Ways to Balance WFH and Being a Full-Time Parent

Regardless of how your method of parenting looks like, it's still pretty exhausting to be responsible for taking care of another human life. We are responsible for thinking about feeding schedules, naps schedules, creating activities (especially developmental activities right?), spending time with our kids, socializing, etc. So, how are we supposed to balance Working From Home and taking care[teaching, playing, socializing] or our kids? Here are some tips that might help! 1. Create a schedule - Remember the 4th trimester? Remember when we lived in a daily schedule? For some, it might be a while since some of our kids are all grown up, but this is no different. Make sure you create an hour by hour schedule and stick with it. That way a specific time-frame is dedicated for either JUST work or JUST the kids. 2. Designated workspace - It might be a little tough trying to check and respond to emails in the middle of the living room, which might also be the kid's playroom, and where they watch TV. Your workspace can still be in the living room, but make sure you have your own space for just work. Get a desk, or laptop support, accessories, and possibly an accent chair to put in the living room. That way you don't have to be too far away from the kids, but far enough to still have your own bubble to work in. 3. Take advantage of "Nap Time" - This is the time where the little ones are passed out for maybe 30 minutes minimum. Take advantage of this time and use this time to either get a deep hustle into your workload or other things you need to catch up on like working out, eating meals for yourself, or even catching up on the news or TV shows. 4. Set your boundaries - Make sure your company knows your "working hours" that way communication and work can be efficient. Make sure you're also implementing these working hours on yourself as well. It's tough to ignore that *ding* sound when you receive emails so put your phone on do not disturb off working hours. (Add app, search)* 5. Hire or ask for help - Make sure you ask for help when you need it. If you have a partner, make sure they do their share on helping out with the kids. There are also different services that can assist you with certain admin activities like virtual assistants, copywriters, marketing professionals, and more. These services can assist in making the workload more efficient with your time.

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Wedding Planning 101: Common Mistakes to Avoid

Wedding Planning 101: Common Mistakes to Avoid

No matter how prepared you are for your big day, mistakes are inevitable. However, a lot of these mistakes can be avoided. These issues shouldn't be something you have to deal with on your wedding day. Which is why a professional should be running the day for you. Story time! We did a wedding a two years ago for a client and we spent the week before the wedding trying to connect with all of the vendors. However, the Cake Vendor was unreachable. We've sent emails, left countless voicemails - there was even a point where their phones were out of service and we had no way of contacting them. We tried calling them a few more times the night before and the day of and I knew from there that was going to happen. However, chasing a cake vendor wasn't a priority, my BRIDE and GROOM were my priority. Now, the ceremony has finished, and here we are setting everything up at the reception hall, and all the vendors have arrived and set their stations up except for the cake vendor. They were still a no show. So it came down to two final decisions. We either use the additional desserts that was ordered to create some kind of substitute for the cake or we drive down to the cake shop to try and rectify the situation. There were pros and cons to both decisions, but I went with the decision that would make my bride happier (she wasn't too pleased with the lack of professionalism from this cake vendor) and that was to get the cake. Thank goodness she had me as her wedding planner, because I was able to drive to this cake shop and do whatever it takes to make sure that there was a cake in my car when I make my way back to the wedding. You wouldn't want one of your guests or anyone in bridal party of family dealing with a situation like this, spending time away from your big day, so leave it to the professionals to deal with these mishaps! You're spending so much money on your big day, so you deserve to enjoy every single minute of it! Here are 9 Common Mistakes to avoid when planning a wedding! 1. Hire a professional to run the day! We get it, wedding planners aren't cheap. You definitely do NOT have to hire a wedding planner from the beginning. If you're a bride who has the ability to plan you're own wedding, then big applause to you! However, hire someone a month before to bring all your vendors together, run the show and troubleshoot! That way you can spend that month preparing yourself as a bride and spending time with family. 2. DIY: Yay or nay? It's not always the best idea, however some people are really talented when it comes to arts and crafts. If you plan on creating your own decor pieces, then we recommend you start EARLY. That way, if it does not work out, you can quickly look into other alternatives. Don't settle for last minute centrepieces you won't be happy with (example: getting a random glass jar and throwing fake flowers or candy in it). 3.Music - We recommend to our clients to hire a DJ because how do you know what guests would want to dance to? Some songs make the dance floor a ghost town and will bring people straight to the bar, overwhelming the bartender and forcing the reception coordinators to provide insufficient service. 4. Alcohol and preventing overspending - You have different options. You can request to be charged on consumption, that way you pay for what actually gets consumed by your guests. You can also limit certain drinks from the bar for example: Martinis, premium liquor etc. Or you can find a venue to bring your own alcohol. Then, whatever is not consumed can be returned. 5. Booking Venue before finalizing certain details - Make sure to set your budget and create a guest list. Some venues cannot accommodate more than a certain amount of people. So, if you're planning to invite 250 people and your venue can only accommodate 200, then that would be 50 awkward conversations you might have to have. 6. PLUS ONE policy - If you’re inviting a guest that doesn’t know anyone at the wedding, give them with a +1. It’s nice to enjoy the event with someone you can enjoy it with. 7. Impulsively sending your save-the-dates - Be mindful of certain time frames throughout the year. For example, December is a really bad month and thanksgiving to send out SAVE THE DATES, which may get lost within the piles of holiday cards and mail. 8. If you received a gift, say thank you. - It's always polite to thank those who made the effort to show up to your big day and provide a gift on top of that! Make sure to reach out and say THANK YOU! 9. Wedding Photography - I have witnessed way too many situations where couples blame the photographer for photos that didn't turn out the way they imagine. However, that was it, they left their vision to their imagination and didn't bother to provide instructions to the wedding photographer. To avoid miscommunication, provide a shot list and details of your expectations to your photographer ahead of time. Doing this will prevent this disappointment from happening. *PROMO* EMAIL US TODAY TO BOOK YOUR DAY OF COORDINATOR! CONTACT: blessanca.manalang@outlook.com

Hello, My Name Is...

Hello, My Name Is...

Welcome to the Blessanca & Co blog! My name is Blessanca, Founder of Blessanca & Co. This blog is like a window looking into how life is operated through my perspective as a mom, entrepreneur, wife, girlfriend of girlfriends, a fury-mom, city girl and more! There are different kinds of women out there in the modern world. We have The Mother, The Career Girl, The Animal Lover, The Entrepreneur and more! Blessanca & Co is about providing a platform for all types of women; creating experiences and resources for these women. We may be based in Toronto, but soon, Blessanca & Co will be an online platform that will be accessible to everyone and anyone around the world! Even though we're here to share our wisdom with you, we hope we can learn from you too! We want to get to know you too and hear your stories, thoughts. Let's connect, collaborate and enjoy each other's company!