This Saturday Oct 20th, 2012 in Toronto, Motivational Speaker, Blogger and Radio Personality Nova Browning-Rutherford will be hosting “In The Meantime” – How to Cope With Life’s Transitions, an upbeat, interactive and oh so honest workshop on LIFE’S TRANSITIONS and HOW to cope with them. Guest speakers Tara Muldoon (F-You: The Forgiveness Project) and Qiana Conley (Cue The Creatives) will be a part of the panel for this informative afternoon.
For full event details click here
While our schedules didn’t permit us to do an interview with the lovely Mrs Browning-Rutherford, our friends over at Titika Activewear had the opportunity to talk with her, check out their interview below…!!!
[via Titika Activewear]:
We recently had a chance to chat with the lovely Nova Browning Rutherford — a beautiful and powerful motivational speaker, national radio personality, author, mentor and activist.
Nova has created high-energy workshops, training sessions, retreats, and seminars on a range of topics, all dedicated to providing individuals with the guidance and tools necessary to reconnect with their authentic selves in order to lead more joyful, meaningful and creative lives!
She’s amazing, she is the founder of But I Love Me More and she has helped countless women throughout her journey.
With that being said, you can check out our interview with Nova below!
1. Was there a particular breaking point for you, that caused you to come to the realization that you had to love and empower yourself first, before catering to others? Or did a series of events, over the course of your early twenties and prior to that time period result in you walking on the path that you’re currently on?
Breaking, break down and break through! Life hit me hard in my early twenties. A series of events took me down for the count and I stayed down for 4 years.
In that time, I still was the person who attracted positivity, opportunity and who people looked to for guidance. When I came out of my depression, I knew I could never return and taking care of myself — with no guilt — was a sure way to do that.
Women nurture by nature so we need to be sure will fill ourselves up, otherwise, the we become resentful towards the ones who need us when there is nothing left to give.
2. Taking all of your experiences as an educator and life coach for women into consideration, what have been some of your most profound experiences, career-wise?
Being a mentor in L.A. changed my life. Once a year, 75 women — mentors and students — took part in a retreat in the California mountains. It involved 4 days of ripping our hearts our and putting them back together. A lot of tears and a lot of “a-ha” moments. We came from very different places but the feelings were the same. Each year, I left some hurt on that mountain and I know they did too.
3. North America, Europe and the rest of the developed world make up the most advanced and privileged civilization in human history. Never before have women had more social, religious, economic and political rights, opportunities and generally speaking, life is great. With that being said, why do so many women feel powerless, fearful, insecure and belittled in this day and age?
There is a saying, that if a tree’s roots aren’t deep, then the tree will topple when the winds begin to rage. When the roots are deep, the tree can weather any storm.
The storm is media, tabloids and the comparison game. The storm is a distorted body image and abuse and parents not being around. Heartbreak, betrayal and i-thought-I’d-have-it-figured-
Time deepen roots. Mentors deepen roots. A community, life experience, an unwavering support system and being honest, quiet, reflective and honest with your self deepens roots.
4. What are some of the most notable challenges that you have faced, as far as your career is concerned?
Leaving the music industry — my first love — was the first challenge. The second, was the level of vulnerability needed to connect with readers. I had to tell my truth, my story that no one knew, over and over and over to strangers. But the more I did it, the more someone had an “a-ha” moment, then more I was healed.
5. How did you first come across Titika Activewear and how does our brand parallel the “But I Love Me More” lifestyle?
Myself and Titika co-founder Courtney Brooke go way back to our teenage years in London, Ontario. It’s incredible to see her vision grow exponentially in a few short years! Titika is about celebrating life where you are today, and the idea of But I Love Me More is to celebrate where you’ve been — even the hard parts and know that without those bumps (or ditches) in the road, you wouldn’t be you!
“In The Meantime”
- How to Cope With Life’s Transitions
291 King St. @ John (inside Dazzling Lounge)
Tickets: $10 (via paypal and at the door)