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Getting Real About Social Entrepreneurship

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I haven’t been writing a lot lately. In fact, I haven’t been doing much of anything, which is completely intentional. Here's why — and how. Social Entrepreneurship, Give It To Me, Facts, French, Writing, French People, French Language, France, Being A Writer

Why I've given myself permission to stop achieving

I haven’t been writing a lot lately. In fact, I haven’t been doing much of anything, which is completely intentional. Here's why — and how.

#ThrowbackThursday to that time that I got to take a float plane from Vancouver to Cortes Island to speak at Social Venture Institute. Float Plane, Fear Of Flying, Social Entrepreneurship, Life Purpose, Vancouver, Dreaming Of You, Island, Islands

I conquered my fear of flying

#ThrowbackThursday to that time that I got to take a float plane from Vancouver to Cortes Island to speak at Social Venture Institute.

#ThrowbackThursday to that time I got to interview Eileen Fisher on stage in front of hundreds of womxn and decided it was a great idea to wear my bedroom slippers because it was a "fireside chat." I then realized I was wearing slippers while interviewing fashion icon EILEEN FISHER! #NailedIt Bedroom Slippers, Social Entrepreneurship, Fireside Chats, Life Purpose, Eileen Fisher, Dreaming Of You, Stage, Interview, Fashion

That time I interviewed Eileen Fisher in my bedroom slippers

#ThrowbackThursday to that time I got to interview Eileen Fisher on stage in front of hundreds of womxn and decided it was a great idea to wear my bedroom slippers because it was a "fireside chat." I then realized I was wearing slippers while interviewing fashion icon EILEEN FISHER! #NailedIt

#ThrowbackThursday to that one time I saw an incredible woman — Jocelyn Macdougall — emceeing an event on Cortes Island and had a feeling that she was my long-lost friend, so I "super-friended" her over lunch by creepily telling her that I thought we should be friends forever.   Not only did we go on to co-host two Conscious Company Leaders Forums and four World-Changing Women's Summits, but we've recently co-founded the Firefly Alliance together. Oh yeah, and we're also friends forever… Long Lost Friend, Fourth World, Social Entrepreneurship, Tell Her, Life Purpose, Throwback Thursday, I Saw, Friends Forever, Dreaming Of You

That time I "super-friended" Jocelyn Macdougall

#ThrowbackThursday to that one time I saw an incredible woman — Jocelyn Macdougall — emceeing an event on Cortes Island and had a feeling that she was my long-lost friend, so I "super-friended" her over lunch by creepily telling her that I thought we should be friends forever. Not only did we go on to co-host two Conscious Company Leaders Forums and four World-Changing Women's Summits, but we've recently co-founded the Firefly Alliance together. Oh yeah, and we're also friends forever…

As the founder of a company, how do you know when it’s really time to step away?  entrepreneurship, CEO, founder, social entrepreneur Social Entrepreneurship

How I Made the Difficult Decision to Step Away as CEO

As the founder of a company, how do you know when it’s really time to step away? entrepreneurship, CEO, founder, social entrepreneur

#ThrowbackThursday to that time a prospective investor told me, "You girls have a cute idea, but there's no way it will ever work."  Fast-forward to raising over $700,000 and going on to sell the company two years later.  Talk to me about people doubting you and then you going on the prove them wrong.  . #purpose #purposefullife #purposefulbusiness #consciousbusiness #socialimpact #globalimpact #followyourheart #letsdothis Social Entrepreneurship, Life Purpose, Investors, Your Girl, Talk To Me, Raising, Dreaming Of You, Let It Be, Sayings

Proving Prospective Investors Wrong

#ThrowbackThursday to that time a prospective investor told me, "You girls have a cute idea, but there's no way it will ever work." Fast-forward to raising over $700,000 and going on to sell the company two years later. Talk to me about people doubting you and then you going on the prove them wrong. . #purpose #purposefullife #purposefulbusiness #consciousbusiness #socialimpact #globalimpact #followyourheart #letsdothis

If I could go back and do it all over again, I would do these things differently from day one. Plus, the best thing I ever did as CEO. Social Entrepreneurship, Consciousness, Mistakes, Big, Business, Knowledge, Store, Business Illustration

The 3 Biggest Mistakes I Made When Starting My Conscious Business

If I could go back and do it all over again, I would do these things differently from day one. Plus, the best thing I ever did as CEO.

3 strategies to deal with the haters Social Entrepreneurship, Troll, Survival, Internet, French, French People, French Language, France

How to survive your first internet troll

3 strategies to deal with the haters

#ThrowbackThursday to that time when multiple people in my life advised me to try to go to one of the top 5 business schools, but I really wanted to go to an alternative business school instead. I followed my heart and didn't take their advice and was SO happy. . Fast-forward to graduating from Presidio: I loved the program so much, and it set me on the path I am on right now. Social Entrepreneurship, Business School, Life Purpose, Schools, Dreaming Of You, My Life, Alternative, Advice, Heart

That time I went to an alternative business school despite everyone's advice

#ThrowbackThursday to that time when multiple people in my life advised me to try to go to one of the top 5 business schools, but I really wanted to go to an alternative business school instead. I followed my heart and didn't take their advice and was SO happy. . Fast-forward to graduating from Presidio: I loved the program so much, and it set me on the path I am on right now.

#ThrowbackThursday to that time I cold-emailed John Mackey (after finding his email on the Internet). I asked him to be on the cover of our first magazine and he said yes, which put us on the map and thus changed the trajectory of my entire life. Tell me about a time someone told you yes and changed the course of your history. Social Entrepreneurship, Life Purpose, Dreaming Of You, Told You So, Internet, Cold, Magazine, Let It Be, Map

That time I cold-emailed John Mackey

#ThrowbackThursday to that time I cold-emailed John Mackey (after finding his email on the Internet). I asked him to be on the cover of our first magazine and he said yes, which put us on the map and thus changed the trajectory of my entire life. Tell me about a time someone told you yes and changed the course of your history.

Next time you're upset something didn't happen the way you planned, ask yourself this question for instant relief. Social Entrepreneurship, Ask Me, Hard Times, Disappointment, Help Me, This Or That Questions, How To Plan, Shit Happens, Simple

One Simple Question That Helps Me Reframe Disappointment in Hard Times

Next time you're upset something didn't happen the way you planned, ask yourself this question for instant relief.

#ThrowbackThursday to that time I got fired from my job by email at 1:00 am on a Friday and the next day decided that meant I was supposed to start my own company. What are some of your experiences where a closed door actually turned out to be a blessing? Social Entrepreneurship, Life Purpose, A Blessing, My Job, Meant To Be, Dreaming Of You, Friday, Fire

That time I got fired from my job by email

#ThrowbackThursday to that time I got fired from my job by email at 1:00 am on a Friday and the next day decided that meant I was supposed to start my own company. What are some of your experiences where a closed door actually turned out to be a blessing?

#ThrowbackThursday to that one time in high school when I was nominated for homecoming court. Spoiler alert: I didn't win a crown, and the entire thing was humiliating. Here's how that experience, as well as Brene Brown's FFT mentality, informed the launch of my business. | social entrepreneur | female founder | purpose-drive business High School Homecoming, Homecoming Queen, My High School, School S, Social Entrepreneurship, Brene Brown, Purpose, Product Launch, Wisdom

What Brené Brown and My High School Homecoming Humiliation Taught Me About Launching My Business

#ThrowbackThursday to that one time in high school when I was nominated for homecoming court. Spoiler alert: I didn't win a crown, and the entire thing was humiliating. Here's how that experience, as well as Brene Brown's FFT mentality, informed the launch of my business. | social entrepreneur | female founder | purpose-drive business

What burnout felt like for me as a startup founder — and 3 things that helped me through it. | Meghan French Dunbar | social entrepreneurship | female founders | prevent burnout | purpose-driven business | conscious business | CEO Social Entrepreneurship, Feeling Stressed, 3 Things, Burns, Purpose, Felt, French, Feelings, Business

Here Is the Difference Between Feeling Stressed and Being Completely Burnt-Out

What burnout felt like for me as a startup founder — and 3 things that helped me through it. | Meghan French Dunbar | social entrepreneurship | female founders | prevent burnout | purpose-driven business | conscious business | CEO

#ThrowbackThursday to that one time when I got asked to do my first big public speaking gig and I decided I needed to wear a f*cking power suit, so I went to Marshalls and bought the cheapest suit that I could find (in the juniors department). I felt miserably uncomfortable the whole time I was speaking. Talk to me about all the stories you've told yourself about how you have to change to fit in with business-as-usual. Suits Meghan, Cheap Suits, Social Entrepreneurship, Public Speaking, Marshalls, Throwback Thursday, I Tried, Talk To Me, Told You So

Ladies, you don't need to wear a power suit to be a successful business leader.

#ThrowbackThursday to that one time when I got asked to do my first big public speaking gig and I decided I needed to wear a f*cking power suit, so I went to Marshalls and bought the cheapest suit that I could find (in the juniors department). I felt miserably uncomfortable the whole time I was speaking. Talk to me about all the stories you've told yourself about how you have to change to fit in with business-as-usual.