Laura-Jean Bernhardson

Events

Art for Self-Care When Times Are Tough (In Person)

Art-making can truly heal your soul. It’s gotten me through some of the toughest times in life, and I love turning others on to it as a form of meditation and self-care.  I believe mental health self-care is vitally important for entrepreneurs. We don’t typically have the same kind of safety nets that corporate employees have, and we take huge financial and personal risks to make our businesses work.  This watercolour workshop is designed to

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Events

Art for Self-Care When Times Are Tough (Online)

An art practice can truly heal the soul, so my lovely friend Karla and I are hosting free monthly online workshops to invite people to paint along with us in a beautiful hour of connection, self-care and creative exploration.  This session is not about results or technique, although through practice you will undoubtedly improve your technique and surprise yourself with your results! This is about using the practice of art-making as a chance to disconnect from

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Events

LCCS Meet-Up: Be Bold, Be Seen, Be Heard

This is a different way to network. Our focus is on building relationships and looking for ways to mutually support each other. We share ideas, knowledge, resources, and referrals, as well as emotional support.  It’s interactive, open-hearted, open-minded, creative, and a place for learning and practicing. ​ May’s theme is “Be Bold, Be Seen, Be Heard” There will be a mini-workshop led by Laura-Jean on showing up in your marketing strategy and why it’s important.

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Mindset

Boldly Showing Up Online – Are you ready to do it?

Too many women entrepreneurs are hiding out online! Are you one of them? They’re afraid to post selfies. They don’t like the way they look in pictures and videos. They don’t know how to take a good selfie, or what to say in a video. And they hope they can get away with never having to learn how to do it. I wonder how much of it is conditioning? Are men holding themselves back in

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Mindset

Confidence – What a Game Changer!

I met Ann DeLuca a while back at a networking meeting, and she told me she was a Confidence Coach and had written a book called The Confidence Recipe. It stuck with me because my confidence was in a bit of a slump at that time. After having taken a few years off for some major health and family stuff, I was not getting my coaching business back to where it was before my break.

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Business Coaching

Selling That’s Authentic, Easy and Truly From a Place of Service

“How do I sell without being salsey?” This is the most common question I’ve gotten over the decades. You aren’t alone if you feel nervous and awkward about “selling”. Tons of people have that creepy, pushy, used-car-salesman association and I SO get it! I was SO afraid of selling when I started my knitwear business in the early 90s. In fact, I worked at the store my sweaters were sold at, and when customers were

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Life and More

Can I Just Get Away With This For The Rest of My Life?

That morning, January 1, 2022, I woke up suddenly to the phone ringing. The palliative nurse was calling to see if I needed more painkillers for my dad. I jumped up from the mattress on the floor of his room, to check on him, and he wasn’t breathing. Still warm but no life there. I told the nurse he was gone. She said she’d come right away. Looking up at the corner of the room

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Business Coaching

What has “the lid” on your life?

I did a simple exercise with my clients at the last Space to Create Day, organized for my Unfuck Your Business Club. We took a look at that one obstacle that pops up all the time when we’re trying to do something great. Try reflecting on this yourself, right now. Think about the last time you came up with a groundbreaking idea. You probably envisioned it in all its brilliance, and then something popped into

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Life and More

A Brief 25-Year History of My Fashion Career

When I realized that 2019 marked my 25th year as a fashion entrepreneur here in Toronto, I pulled out all my old photos and articles and took a trip down memory lane. Looking back, I can’t believe all the things I’ve done and all the ups and downs my business has taken me through over the years! As an entrepreneur, one thing you can definitely count on is constant change. Staying adaptable and doing what

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What a Difference a Year Makes!

This morning I found a journal I had been planning in around this time last year. At that time, I was working almost full-time at Fresh Collective, my main business. My coaching business was a very part-time side hustle that was very promising, exciting and growing – but I was working on making the time to devote to growing it while keeping everything else going smoothly. Sound familiar? So many entrepreneurs get stuck here. Either

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