A new look & choosing calm in life.

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A NEW LOOK, A NEW DAY
 


Have you met my designer, Renira? She's an incredible artist and over the last year, she has helped me develop the visuals to match my intentions and plans. Thank you Ren for bringing this brand to life, and for enabling this newsletter to be so damn sexy!

As I've created content this last six months, a natural aesthetic and voice has emerged. It takes a team to help cultivate the various angles and faces that an individual becomes online. Every platform requires a different nuance, and every product it's own feel. So welcome to the updated Curated by Komal experience.

We want this newsletter to have an editorial vibe that makes opening it a pleasure. I want the articles we curate and write, and the words I share to by amplified by the visual details. I want this to be a place you enjoy discovering weekly. 

On this path to creating an experience you love, I have a very important question... when would you like to receive your dose of curations? We've been toying with Sunday mornings, and I'd love your thoughts on when you'd like to open this gift from me to you. Shoot a quick reply back to let me know (komal@komalminhas.com).

Now, into the good stuff.

This week, I want to reflect on choosing calm.

You see, I grew up in the midst of a lot of daily chaos. With 10 or more people in our household at any given time, calm was something I never understood. As those of you who have been around for a while know, I've actively chosen to streamline and bring calm to my life these last few months. And I have to say, at times it can make a person like me feel antsy.

Breaking the tendency one can have towards disorder and unrelenting commotion takes significant effort. It can often feel impossible because as soon as calm sets in, the mind searches for reasons to be stressed, to assert chaos once more. But what I wonder is this: If I were to sit through this discomfort and not give into the thoughts that want to make life uneasy again, can I truly find contentment on the other side?

The child in me who lusted after calm and 'normalcy' really hopes so. With my days much more still, I see room for habits emerging, it feels like a natural progression now versus the mournful longing it once used to be. I would lust after enough sleep, I would lust after a consistent food and work-out schedule, I would lust after a life outside of my perceived victimhood.

My reality now is that I have indeed chosen that longed for ideal. My only issue is truly accepting it as my own. Through writing this I'm reminding my self that I am worthy of a whole, loving, full life. This does not mean there will be an absence of hardships, trauma, and pain (alas, the first weeks of this year proved otherwise for us), but rather, that we are grounded more deeply than ever, and are more equipped in our resilience and rooting, to face the turmoil as it comes.

I guess what I'm realizing is that calm and peace are choices we make daily, if not moment to moment. Our responsibility is to create the conditions where these choices are actually possible. To build that muscle for contentment -- to actively choose to level out the rollercoaster.

I'll keep practicing everyday, in hopes of having this habit stick for life.

Here's to cultivating whatever habit you most desire. 

Until next week, when we'll land in your inbox whenever you say it's best (don't forget to reply back!).
 

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MY STORY

If you didn't catch it last week, I'd love for you to watch this video about the rollercoaster that was my last two years. It took a long time to get this video out of me, and I'm really proud of the final product. The response online has been immense with it being viewed over 35,000 times on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram!

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We're sharing another of our favourite instalments of Your Moment of Ambition today, this time all about the complicated, important topic of money, namely the ways that women engage in conversations around money. 

“Part of us wants more (money), and part of us feels guilty or greedy for wanting it. And like we're bad or somehow that makes us, I don't know, less spiritual, less soulful, less authentic, and I think that's total BS." - Marie Forleo

Click here to read the article! 

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Mindy Kaling's Super Soul interview with Oprah, and how her on-screen romantic life on The Mindy Project was revolutionary and transformative. 

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  • One New Yorker columnist is asking, "What does it mean to be a friend and neighbor in a country thick with guns?"
  • Why Donald Trump's suggestion that we all be on high alert for mental illness in those around us is more complicated than it seems, and why focusing on mental illness alone won't eradicate mass shootings in America. 
  • Our friend Prasanna saw an advanced screening of Black Panther and had several on-point thoughts about it. 
  • Viola Davis is asking Hollywood why, if she's the "black Meryl Streep," she's not paid accordingly. 
  • What happens when a farm in small-town Virginia puts up a sign that says, "Resist white supremacy"? 
  • My fiance Mitch has been obsessed with this long read that poses the question: What if China is the first to make extraterrestrial contact? 
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Signing up for the Ellevest newsletter for your weekly financial insights, and checking out their services that support women in investing. They also just launched a new series in partnership with MAKERS called the MAKERS Money Show

It's time to level up.

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The past year I have been working on figuring out how to best tell my story. The issue was, so much of my story was still in process which meant I couldn't really start telling it properly. I was still in recovery. My heart was still broken about leaving New York and Dream, Girl. That chapter had not yet been completed.

Looking back, it's no wonder it's taken me a year to get to this exact moment. I needed to heal, to reconcile, to work on who I want to become.

I tried to get this newsletter out last week, but I couldn't. Pushing send was contingent on creating a 2 minute and 59 second summary of my life these past three years. It's taken me about 10 days to film and edit this thing, and I am so proud to share it with you today.

Now, before you scroll down to the link, I want to fill you in on how this came about, and one of my key focus areas for the year. 

Audience growth is a huge part of my business plan this year. I know for the goals I have in mind long-term, growing the base of people who I can learn from, and who I can create for will be critical to launching my dream projects of the future.

But for me to build an audience that love and support me and who I am inspired to create content for daily, I've had to put in the time to better define the content I make, and to get a handle on my own messaging and story. That's where @mindythelion stepped in for me. Her team and partners focus on enabling organic audience growth specifically on Instagram. We've been working for almost two months on dialling in my content strategy, and helping me better understand who I want to be in the world.

What I've discovered is that I am here to remind you of your own potential. Through my stories, adventures, investments, bites of inspiration, and weekly curated content I want to share with each of you those things that set my soul ablaze -- the things that have helped me become who I am today, and the things that inspire me to become even better.

I'm an investor who's figuring it out. I'm a cancer survivor and health advocate who's taking things day-by-day. I'm a motivational speaker who wants you to jump out of your seat because of the fire I help you discover inside of your self.

I'm here as a mirror for who you've always dreamed to become. Let's get there together.

With love,

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P.S: I'd like to send a massive thank-you to Kylie, Renira, Maddie, Zahra, Julie, Mitch, and everyone else who helped me iterate this over the last few weeks, and the countless others who have supported me endlessly they last three years. Life is long, and we require so much love and support to get us through our hard times, and to help sustain until the light comes back in. Thank you all so much!

this week's video

Beating cancer, leaving my start-up, and rediscovering my life. This was the last three years of my life.

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THIS WEEK:

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We've received some interest from a possible publishing partner for our Self Care series, stay tuned for more here.

In the meantime, let's take a look back at one of our favourite instalments of Your Moment of Ambition: this one's all about social enterprise, and how women are leading the charge on entrepreneurship that makes money AND does good for the world. 

Click here to check out the post!

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we're watching...

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My dear friend Valarie Kaur's incredible TED Talk.

"Love is sweet labour. Fierce. Bloody. Imperfect. Life-giving. A choice we make over and over again."

             

We hosted a small watch party for Valarie Kaur's TED Talk release (watch it above!) and it was fantastic. Ten lovely people (who likely didn't know exactly what they were in for) gathered at our office around the projector and we watched in awe as Valarie called us to give revolutionary love. Afterwards, we discussed our own experiences with revolutionary love. We talked about the theory and practice of loving ourselves, our opponents and strangers. It was an emotional evening, and we're so grateful for our attendees who held space for deeply transformative conversation. 

It's the first of what we're calling the Salon Series, a series of intimate events where we'll gather to watch impactful media and have constructive, meaningful, intimate conversations. Stay tuned for more info! 

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Signing up for the lovely Nicole's weekly newsletter, the Still Here Club, "a Friday morning missive featuring some of the best and freshest voices of our time tackling the things we all think about and go through, but don't talk about nearly enough."

Curated by Komal: The Year of Saying NO!

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This is a taste of my weekly newsletter, which can land in your inbox every Tuesday at 9am! Click here to subscribe.

It's time to start saying no. Well, it's time for me to start saying no. Last week I was feeling so depleted. With a lot of travel, a number of hard personal/family moments, and a few other things compounded, I was done.

I had planned to go to Asheville, NC for an incredible Sikh women's retreat next week with my dear friends Valarie and Jasvir, but something inside me was crying out for me to stay put. So I listened.

The ladies completely understood -- they are like my sisters and reminded me that my saying no and cancelling is actually a revolutionary act for my self. I cancelled another appearance and event I planned to attend in NYC and I felt so relieved.

No is my dear friend right now. No is creating space for me do what I love, to make time for the foundational things I know are going to take my life and work to the next level. No is giving me sanity. 

Many people struggle with finding time for what they need/love/ACTUALLY want to be doing. The answer is easy to say and hard to do: just say no to more things. It's taken me the better part of six years of working to learn this. You see, saying yes is what got me into the incredible events I've been to, the amazing moments that have transformed my life. 

But there's a season for everything, and my season of always saying YES is over. My yeses moving forward will be mindful. Intentional. Soul-filling. My yeses are going to start to mean something again.

No is clearing the space in my life for what matters for me most. Right now, that's creating excellent content, being is a nurturing daily routine, and giving myself the time of day I deserve.

What will 'No' do for you?

Let me know with a quick reply, komal@komalminhas.com.

With love,

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PS: We are launching a new written series soon called The Truth About Self-Care, where we get real about how the concept of self-care has evolved into something that no longer serves us.

Before brands began using #selfcare to sell us stuff and before the term brought to mind images of almost exclusively affluent white women, Audre Lorde was forging a new path for us to radically and wholly love ourselves, even if it wasn't always easy or comfortable to do so. We've decided to be part of correcting the course and start finding our way back to that path. Stay tuned for part one coming at you in the next few weeks, right here in the newsletter!
 

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Building off of this week's letter, I share why saying NO is key to success and building the life and career you want.

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THIS WEEK:

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It's the last instalment of Your Moment of Ambition! This week, we're wrapping up the series by asking ourselves what the way forward for female founders is. What can we all do to make sure that important contributions to business and society are being made by the people who look, think, and live like us, too?


Click here to check out this week’s post to find out!

P.S. Get ready for a brand-new series on a brand-new topic coming your way soon! 

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we're watching...

In honour of Jay Z not winning any Grammys (not that we're bitter about it), we're re-watching his conversation with Dean Baquet for the New York Times. 

"I don't play for the trend, I play forever." 

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we're reading...

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we recommend...

Applying to work for the New York Times's new platform --- The Edit, a newsletter for students. They're looking for fresh, new voices -- that could be you. The application process closes this Friday! 

Curated by Komal: Just do it. You'll feel better once you do, I promise!

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This is a taste of my weekly newsletter, which can land in your inbox every Tuesday at 9am! Click here to subscribe.

I have noticed a trend emerging the last few weeks... Sunday/Monday roll around, and I question whether I'll make a vlog for the newsletter that week. Then inevitably, whether it's late in the day, or I've taken the decision to have a gap week, I still make the video.

At times, I have this illusion that the greater my audience, the more accountable I will feel to create, post, and share. The issue with that idea is that it makes me believe I need to wait for something better to do what I know I'm meant to do -- to speak, to create media, and to share. There's a part of me kicks in just in time and reminds me that only through consistency will I make the impact I dream of, and only through consistency will I get better at my craft, and only through consistency will I be able to serve the audience I do have -- all of you.

Whether these musings, vlogs, lists of articles, and Instagram posts ever see more than a couple hundred eyes is starting to matter less and less each week. You see, I'm committed to creating for myself. For that part of me that needs to be heard, seen, understood, and expressed. For my younger self who wishes she had a corner of the world (now internet) where she could just let go. 

That's what this newsletter, and these nooks in the internet I'm creating are -- my personal sanctuary to just be me.

I'm writing this as a reminder that no amount of eyeballs, external demands, or expectations will ever matter more than your internal drive and desire to create. Last September, I hit an inflection point where the pain and regret of not creating surpassed the judgement I held towards myself for wanting to create. Everything we make out of KoMedia is a direct reflection of all that is within me that needs to come out.

So yah, I'm letting go of the excuses that make these videos such last minute affairs, and am committing to myself and all of you to put a little extra love into these vlog episodes so I can continue being proud of the content we create for you: our incredible audience.

Now I want to throw a question to you -- what do you wish you were creating for yourself and your work on a daily? How can you go about starting to do that? Let me know if you want to, in a quick reply back (komal@komalminhas.com).

Until next Tuesday at 9 am,

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the vlog

This week I'm in Alberta with family getting a solid chunk of wedding planning complete. I also put out my back, but feel more positive than ever -- this unlikely combo led to a reflective episode about why I chose speaking, and content creation as a career path. Enjoy!

THIS WEEK:

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Welcome to another instalment of Your Moment of Ambition, the series exploring what it means to be a female entrepreneur today, written by KoMedia staff writer Kylie Adair.

This week, we're talking self-sabotage. We get into the uncomfortable reality that women are prone to sabotaging their own success (often without even realizing it!) and the social factors that have conditioned us to do so. Also, this week's episode features an interview with yours truly! 

Click here to check out this week’s post!

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we're listening to...

Oprah Winfrey's SuperSoul Conversation with the one and only Maya Angelou. So many beautiful, meaningful, heartfelt stories packed into 30 minutes, and its only part one of the interview!

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we're reading...

  • A year since the women's march, a record number of women are running for office in the United States. This week, we're reading their stories.
  • In a groundbreaking move, the chief executive of a major investment firm is letting founders know his company's support is dependent on their ability to not only make money, but to contribute meaningfully to society. 
  • There is a reckoning taking place at USA gymnastics. Here is the incredible testimony from Olympian Ali Raisman against serial abuser and former head doctor, Larry Nassar, and here's a bit about why former head coach John Geddert was suspended this week. 
  • The 30-year-old founder who just announced a $40 million funding round and is changing the face of success in Silicon Valley. 
  • The ways in which Oprah already runs the world, presidential candidate or not. 
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we recommend...

Applying to work for the New York Times's new platform for students, The Edit, a newsletter for students. They're looking for fresh, new voices -- that could be you!  

Curated by Komal: On showing up for each other & wedding planning after surviving cancer

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welcome!

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Last night I landed in Vancouver and my mom’s flight was cancelled. We were supposed to meet at the airport, grab a rental car, and head to my aunt’s house in Surrey, but instead, I grabbed a hotel downtown and had a much needed heart-to-heart with one of my best friends and bridesmaids, Zahra. 

Sometimes all we need is a little time with, and help from our friends. 

I find that early January is always a hard part of the year for me. It marks the anniversary of significant losses in my life and it was exactly a year ago that my optic neuritis hit and we were forced to move from Brooklyn back to Ottawa. This year our family also faced a few very tough and tragic situations that have brought us closer together, but that have asked a lot of us emotionally. What I’m most proud of is our individual willingness to show up for one another and to ask for help when we need it.

It’s not something we’ve always been good at, but seeing the actions of the ones I love the past few weeks reminded me that I need to do the same for myself.

So last night I did just that. As soon as I landed I called Z and asked if we could rendezvous. What ensued was a much needed, much enjoyed time of connection. Zahra knows me in and out, and there were a few moments where she told me just what I needed to hear, and encouraged me in knowing that what I am doing and pursuing are indeed right.

At times I feel like I’m in an echo-chamber when it comes to work and my goals and next steps. With Dream, Girl, Erin and I had the joy of having each other — a cofounder to go through the highs and lows with, and to brainstorm and scheme with. When you’re building a vision, that sounding board from someone equally invested in the process and outcomes as you are, is a massive help. Now, I am steering this ship alone, and that is equal parts intimidating, wonder-inducing, freeing, and hard. So having friends who can mirror for me the progress I’m making, and that validate that I am on the right track is hugely helpful.

Sometimes we forget that we can ask the ones we love for help, validation, and to remind us of who we really are. But that’s why we choose the communities we do — to lift us up through the good and bad, to show up relentlessly, and to give us the love we need, and to be recipients of the love we want to share in the world.

Today, I am in deep gratitude to my friends and my family. When you really think about it, what a blessing it is to have a chosen community to do life with. What a privilege it is to show up for people fully, and have it reciprocated in your own times of need.

I encourage you today to reach out to someone you love who you may need to hear from, or who may need to hear from you. I have a feeling it will make your day that much better.

With love,

- Komal

PS: This week on the vlog I talk about wedding planning after surviving a severe illness or trauma, check it out and share with someone you think may need it. It’s a unique but not so uncommon experience that can take people by surprise. I hope this video helps someone in a similar situation feel seen.

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the vlog

Join me each week to see the behind-the-scenes action at KoMedia. This week, I chat about wedding planning after surviving a serious illness or trauma. 

"Infuse that sense of value you now have in life into every moment of the days that you're planning." 

THIS WEEK:

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Welcome to another instalment of a series we're publishing called, Your Moment of Ambition.

This week, we make the case for family friendly corporate culture, and dive into how female founders are filling the gap. 

"To feel like I am setting an example for (my daughter), that she's seeing her mom at a very young age lead calls of tech teams and going to investor meetings and practice pitches. I really hope that growing up she’s going to be like, ‘I can do whatever I want to do. My mom was doing this while living in 450 square feet in NYC.’”
 

Click here to check out this week’s post to find out more!
 

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we're watching...

A video about my incredible parents, who led the effort to raise $200,000 for a new trauma room in Grande Prarie. So proud! 

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we're reading...

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Applying to work for the Hydropothecary Corporation, a fantastic company I'm invested in. And they're hiring!

Curated by Komal: Planning for 2018!

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welcome to 2018!

This is a taste of my weekly newsletter, which can land in your inbox every Tuesday at 9am! Click here to subscribe.

2018 is already off to a memorable start for many of us. A New Year isn't automatically going to make life better, but it does allow for an opportunity to reflect on how you can improve your overall life, habits, and wellness. All that, and let's be honest, who doesn't love a pause.

Over the last week, I've done a deep dive into planning 2018 both professionally and personally. I worked with my team and advisors to crack into exactly how I want to feel this year, and started uncovering who I want to become this year. 

2018, for me, is truly a blank canvas. I am starting anew with my health, overall wellness, with my spiritual practices, with my company, and for Mitch and I, this is the year we get married and become a family. 

This year will be defined by two words for me: alignment and consistency. By putting in place the habits and practices I know will help elevate my life, and through doing them consistently, I know I will come through 2018 even more deeply connected to my self, and my love for those around me. 

That is true success. When these parts of my life are cared for, my career, impact, and all those other metrics we have been conditioned to measure ourselves by, will naturally come into order.

This is a radical departure from how I used to live -- constantly running and trying to prove myself to the world. That way of 'being' served me to a point, and now that I've recovered from being unwell, I am looking for a new way of being, and 2018 will be that personal experiment.

I'm so excited to have you join me for the ride.

Make sure to check out this week's video where I reflect on the Golden Globes (I filmed it before Oprah's speech, so forgive my lack of coverage of her amazingness!), and where I share how I intentionally planned for 2018, and the practices and tools I used to do so. Also, don't miss out on our recommendation for the week -- our incredible friend and designer Renira's art is up for sale on her website. Don't miss it, it's stunning!

Signing off with love, until next Tuesday at 9 am,

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Click through to see my post about the impact Oprah's word had for me last night.

the vlog

This week, I take you through my intentional planning process for 2018 and my thoughts on the Globes! 

THIS WEEK:

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Welcome to part sixteen of a 20-part series we're publishing on Medium called, Your Moment of Ambition.

This week, we're talking women in STEM, why it's still a topic of discussion and what the path forward is. 

Click here to check out this week’s post!

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we're watching...

Oprah's Golden Globes speech, because what ELSE would we be watching?! (But also her backstage press conference was just as good.) 

"Do the work that comes straight from the soul of you, from your background, from stories that you've grown up with, stories that bring you passion, from stories that you not just yearn to tell but that if you don't tell them they won't get told." 

We're also watching this fantastic video about my parents, who led the incredible Sikh community's fundraising of $200,000 for a new trauma room in Grande Prairie. They're always my #1 inspiration! 

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we're reading...

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Checking out our dear friend (and designer of my new website coming soon!) Renira's newly launched web shop, which features some of the most gorgeous paintings we've ever seen. 

Curated by Komal: That's a wrap! Thank you 2017!

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The holidays are here, as is my final newsletter of the year!

Wow. When Kylie and I embarked on this journey back in September, I wasn’t quite sure what would unfold. From keynotes, to workshops, to putting out more content in the last few months than I personally have in the last few years — 2017 has been incredibly fulfilling and a true reflection for me of what I can survive.

2017 encompassed (productivity-wise):

All this alongside hitting the lowest low of my life when I was struck with painful neurological illness, subsequently moving my life from New York City back to Canada, and finding my self, my health, and my voice again.

2017 made me decide and discover who I really am. It showed me that I truly am powerful beyond measure.

I’m giving myself a pat on the back for simply making it. Showing up for life every day is no small feat, and I want you to remember that. Life will always have highs and lows. It’s our job to make the most of all of it. To bask in the beautiful chaos of it, and to come out with deeply rooted love of self and those around us. To keep dreaming every single day.

I can honestly say there were moments this year when I didn’t think I could simply do life. Where I wished I didn’t have to wake up. But I did. I woke up every day. Through the shit and the light. 

I want you to know that you can do it to. You can make it through whatever that hard thing is that is on your mind today. You can survive your break-up. You can reconcile your life in the face of your illness. You can heal that relationship you want to be better. You can start that company you’ve always been afraid of building. You can. And if you decide to, you will. 

At the end of the day it’s up to you. The power of the human spirit is limitless. We can survive so much. We can let our trauma’s become the light that sustains others. The world needs more of this. It requires more courage, more grounded confidence. More of you.

If you need permission to make 2018 your year, take this as your green light. I would have no greater joy in the world than to see you rise, to see you unleash your light on this world.

Because you matter. Always. Especially on the days when you think you don’t.

So here’s to wrapping this year up with some moments of reflection and joy, of nostalgia and eggnog. Here’s to making the best of what’s left in 2017, and to making 2018 the year of you.

Ready? I sure as hell am.

Watch this space — we’ll be back in action Tuesday, Jan 9th. Until then, keep it classy my beautiful friends.

With love,

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If you’re down to give me a gift this week, I’d love to hear from you. What have you liked about this newsletter so far, what’s been you favourite part, and what would you love to see more of? 

I want this to be a space you and I co-create together, and your feedback is key to making that happen. Shoot me an e-mail with whatever comes to mind. I can’t wait to hear from you!

the vlog

Join me each week to see the behind-the-scenes action at KoMedia. This week, we head to Mexico for a family vacation, and some reflection on 2017 and the future with Mitch!

THIS WEEK:

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Welcome to part fifteen of a 20-part series we're publishing called, Your Moment of Ambition.

This week, we explore feminism in the corporate world. Is it possible?

Click here to check out this week’s post to find out!

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we're watching...

The beautiful story of an acid attack victim, the Toronto doctor who changed her life, and the ripple effect the story has had on the community. 

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we're reading...

  • Salma Hayek's "Harvey Weinstein is My Monster, Too". We can't stop thinking about all the beautiful, meaningfully representative films we could have seen all these years, films whose (female) creators couldn't break through Weinstein's evil. His influence (and the influence of men like him who have yet to be uncovered) is so far-reaching, and has impacted us culturally, without our knowing, for decades. It's mindblowing and heartbreaking. 
  • Who will mourn Teen Vogue? Just as the magazine was becoming more culturally relevant than ever (thanks to the fabulous Elaine Welteroth), Conde Nast decided to shut down its print version. 
  • 2017 may have been a disaster of a year politically, but it was a great year for television
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we recommend...

Donating to the Ottawa Shoebox Project, an initiative that donates gifts to women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness over the holidays. It's a really impactful project with a goal to "enhance self-esteem and reduce feelings of isolation for women in crisis."

WE'RE PLANNING...

After a few months of travelling and event planning, Kylie and I are hunkering down to do the everyday work, and to plan for the impact we want to make in 2018. Stay tuned! 

Curated by Komal: That Time I Saw Michelle Obama + Full Circle Moments

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My brain is tired.

There is something extra-exhausting about the process of creating something new. Whether it be art, business, or work projects — getting started, developing the strategic focus areas, business plans, social and distribution strategies, and everything else involved requires a high energy input. So as I write this week’s essay, I have a bit of a brain fog.

As entrepreneurs, it’s our responsibility to show up fully every single day. We have to stick through the routine and ‘slog’ of doing the work day-in and day-out, especially through the most ambiguous times. If we don’t, or if we give up too soon, we risk not bringing our greatest dreams, plans, projects, products, and hopes to life. That is quite possibly the worst fate for innovators and creatives. A dream that goes unrealized.

This may sound contradictory coming from me. I mean, I did have to take a good chunk of this year off to recover from being sick, being depressed, and being exhausted. To this I say: when we have the energy, inspiration, and motivation, it is our obligation to use it. Being sick taught me I cannot take life for granted. What I have today, may be up in the air tomorrow.

The fact that I have the privilege of good health again is a miracle to me, and so I am uncovering how best to leverage my gifts in this world from this place of wellness. Will I pump the breaks when necessary? Absolutely. But right now, I feel good, and this ’tiredness’ I know comes from a release of pent up dreams that I’ve been waiting a long time to release. 

Now, here’s a story about the other reason I’m so tired:

Last night, I had a full circle moment. A friend suggested I check out a conference in Ottawa this weekend, and as I perused the agenda I noticed a familiar name, ‘Elizabeth Nyamayaro’. This is a women I have been following for years, and is the woman who created the #HeforShe movement through UN Women. On a whim, I sent her an email to go for dinner. She replied yesterday, countering with drinks. I accepted and joined her at her hotel bar.

Now the photo I shared a few weeks ago of me and Meghan Markle was taken at the #HeforShe unveiling in NYC in 2014 where Emma Watson gave her unforgettable speech (if you watch closely, you’ll see me in the video at 8:14!). 

After that day, I dreamed of meeting the head of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka (previously the Deputy Prime Minister of South Africa). She was speaking on a panel a few days later at another event in NYC so I went and was running late (as usual ;-)). So I put it out there in my mind: “Universe, God, whoever is looking out for me. Of all the people who could be outside this venue when I turn this corner, can you make sure she’s one of them?” As I turned the corner, I saw three people. Phumzile, her assistant, and someone she was speaking with.

My heart started racing.

I had an audacious idea I wanted to share with her. You see, this all happened before Dream, Girl came into my life, before I produced a feature-length documentary, and before I had anything more than stars in my eyes. I pitched her on letting me embed with Emma Watson as a documentarian to chronicle her journey around the world with UN Women, and I shared that I had a corporate partner who could potentially fund it (I had just come back from India on a sponsored trip where the company showed interest in supporting more of my work). 

She didn’t call me crazy, and she didn’t write me off. She acknowledged my passion, and directed me to Elizabeth, the lead of the initiative and the woman who managed all the #HeforShe ambassador relationships.

The next day Elizabeth and I got on a call. She heard me out, and told me that Glamour UK would actually be reporting on Emma's travels, but that I should consider Meghan for the project as she was also travelling with the organization. After we hung up, I sent a quick follow-up and then was swept up in the whirlwind that was Dream, Girl. I followed #HeforShe from afar in the years that followed, until my fall tour stop in Waterloo last year where I discovered Waterloo was one of the universities that took on the 10x10x10 pledge as part of the movement.

When Elizabeth and I spoke, we discussed different projects and ideas. I shared with her the story about our phone call. She remembered. We both laughed. Some time later on in the conversation, she shared some info on a potential documentary and I offered strategic advice. As I reflect back on that moment, the circle feels complete.

My ability to reach out to the people I am pulled to connect with is my version of ‘creating’. Connecting, media creation, and movement building are at the core of my soul. I know I’ll be working on something incredible with Elizabeth soon (there’s a big idea brewing that Kylie and I will bring her way soon). Last night (and this morning, as I watched her speak), I was reminded of the power of dreaming.

Elizabeth shared with me that she plans to run for office in her home of Zimbabwe when she finishes her time at the UN. I looked at her in that moment when she told me and knew it would become reality. She spoke truth to her greatest dream, and with such conviction that the I know the gears are already in motion literally and spiritually, to ensure it happens. 

I can’t wait to celebrate with her when it does. 

My lesson from this for all of you? Don’t stop dreaming, and doing the work guys. You never know why some things happen (or don’t) until much later. Keep putting in the work, and be patient so you can eventually find out why. I’m sure it will be pure magic.

Signing off until next Tuesday at 9 am,

With love,

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the vlog

This week on the vlog I got to see the ultimate mom in action, aka MICHELLE OBAMA! *swoon* 

Check out our new office, and what Rupi, Rakhi and I thought of the event!

THIS WEEK:

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Welcome to part 14 of a 20-part series we're publishing called, Your Moment of Ambition.

This week, we dive into all things social entrepreneurship and explore why women are statistically leading the charge for taking people, planet AND profit into account. 

"It’s a model that challenges internal conflicts women often have about being paid for things they’re really passionate about." 

Click here to check out this week’s post!

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we're watching...

Tracee Ellis Ross wrote a children's book for the handsy man, since so many are struggling to understand what's professional (or even legal): "No, I won't sit on your lap. I shouldn't have to say this crap." 

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we're reading...

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Donating to the Ottawa Shoebox Project, an initiative that donates gifts to women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness over the holidays. It's a really impactful project with a goal to "enhance self-esteem and reduce feelings of isolation for women in crisis."

WE'RE PLANNING...

After a few months of travelling and event planning, Kylie and I are hunkering down to do the everyday work, and to plan for the impact we want to make in 2018. Stay tuned! 

Curated by Komal: On Family Healing

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Here we are in Mexico. My family leaves tomorrow and I am in deep gratitude for the fact that we could spend this quality time together. 

Our first full-on family vacation in my adult life was last February (2016). Shortly after we arrived home, I was diagnosed with cancer, and thus began my unravelling. The thing about illnesses, trauma, and life in general, is that is doesn’t just happen to you, it also happens to everyone around you. So for me, this trip is a milestone. We all made it. We all supported each other through some epic highs, and painful lows. The last almost 20 months have held a lot of life for all of us, and my appreciation for us all being able to be here together, happy, healthy, and connected, is one of the greatest gifts I could ever have asked for.

The night before last, as we sat on the balcony of my brother’s room listening to the crashing waves, I looked at my family and made an acknowledgement aloud. “I’m so proud of us for our resilience,” I said. We fist-bumped one another, and smiled. 

I believe one of the most critical things we can do for each other is to acknowledge the depth and range of life lived. Often, we forget that everyone we meet and know is fighting their own battles. There is always so much going on under the surface. Letting someone know you see their struggle, that you acknowledge their courage, and the painful beauty of their life, can be the greatest act of kindness and connection you can offer.

It was my dream to really unplug on this holiday. To be present and immersed in whatever emotions, moments, and experiences arose. I’m proud to say I’ve done that. It hasn’t been easy, and this vacation hasn’t just been happy (although it has been truly truly truly amazing). There have been tears of release and awe. There have been mornings of self-doubt and sadness. There’s been anger. But what I knew coming into this trip was that it’s in the moments when we stop that our hearts and minds can finally breathe and release. The discomfort is part of the release, and often leads to so much joy — I’ve experienced this just in these past five days.

As we roll into the holiday season, it’s easy to get lost in the chaos of parties, and presents. But also take a second (or a few days) to pause for you. To spend deep and powerful time with those you love, and to remind them that they matter, and that you see their life in all it’s messy brilliance.

I’m excited to take in the next 24-hours before my family leaves, and the next 48-hours before Mitch and I head home. We appreciate this pause (and all of you) so much.

Love,

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the vlog

This week's vlog is extra special. Join us for some behind the scenes from the most incredible night: that time I hosted Rupi Kaur's Ottawa book tour stop and the ONLY Q&A on her whole tour!

"I can't believe that this year started with me losing my vision and being more sick than I'd ever been, and that 11 months later, I can be here right now after hosting this incredible event." 

THIS WEEK:

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Welcome to part thirteen of a 20-part series we're publishing called, Your Moment of Ambition.

This week, we're talking about money, something women are socialized not to do. We get into why many women are uncomfortable starting money conversations, and why we need to change that narrative. 

"Part of us wants more (money), and part of us feels guilty or greedy for wanting it. And like we're bad or somehow that makes us, I don't know, less spiritual, less soulful, less authentic, and I think that's total BS.” - Marie Forleo

Click here to check out this week’s post!
 

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we're watching...

This Australian politician proposed to his partner during a same-sex marriage debate, and we're definitely not still crying thinking about it, we just have something in our eyes. 

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we're reading...

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we recommend...

Supporting the Cut from the Same Cloth campaign. It'll be a collection of essays by hijab-wearing British Muslim women, and we can't wait to see it come together!

WE'RE PLANNING...

After a few months of travelling and event planning, Kylie and I are hunkering down to do the everyday work, and to plan for the impact we want to make in 2018. Stay tuned! 

Curated by Komal: On Meghan Markle and Identity

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I want to note that this week's essay came to life after reading Meghan Markles' reflection on being biracial for Elle (More Than An Other).

A few years after Mitch and I started dating, my mom asked me a question that stuck with me.

My mom was skeptical about us being a mixed race couple (like many Punjabi-Canadian parents are when dating outside of our community). Ma had just met Mitch and his family for the first time at our university graduation, and we ended up having another one of those heart-wrenching conversations that still brings tears to my eyes when I think about it. She asked, 

'What about your kids?’ 

‘What about them?’ I replied.

‘Don’t you think about how hard it will be for them to grow up never fully understanding who they are?’

Now, I have to admit, hearing that felt like a gut-punch. She struck a nerve. It’s not that I had never thought about it before (Mitch and I talked about it often), but hearing it from Ma in that moment felt so different. My sense of self as a child, and now as a woman, is deeply rooted in my Punjabi culture. In that moment, I could hear in her voice her fear for our kids and their lack of rooting in one culture -- a worthy fear to hold.

I grew up in the Gurdwara singing shabads every Sunday while my mom played our traditional drum, the tolkey, beside me. I lived for Diwali, Vaisakhi, and any other chance to perform (aka lip-sync and dance to Bollywood music) in front of all the aunties, uncles, and kids in our community. I love wearing my saris on stage, I love speaking my broken Punjabi, and diving into what Sikhism means to me more deeply every year of my life. 

What will my kids’ understanding of faith, culture, my language, and so much more look like? Will their struggle to understand their identity as bi-racial children with no real blueprint to cultural understanding leave them wanting? Will they resent Mitch and me for it?

The moment that Ma asked me that question will stay with me for the rest of my life, and that question will likely be reflected back to us in many of Mitch and my parenting decisions. What I do know is that they will be so immensely loved and communicated with that we will work through the ups and downs of their (likely many) identity crises together. Day by day, year by year, with our extended mixed-race couple community that happens to be both strong in numbers, and strong in love, we will be uplifted as a family.

This morning, waking up to the official engagement of Prince Harry and our future Princess Meghan made my heart smile so big. My children are going to grow up with a biracial member of the Royal Family. Yes, the influence, impact, and role of the monarchy is diminishing, but this is an institution that colonized much of the world and destroyed many cultures along the way. This is somewhat of a full-circle moment to have a mixed-race woman join the royal lineage.

For my future family, it means my kids might grow up not feeling so othered. It brings tears to my eyes as I write this. 

Thank you Meghan Markle and Prince Harry for falling in love, and letting that love be a revolutionary act for so many. 

I should also mention that my Mom and Mitch are now thick as thieves (and we are so happy for the love and support of our families everyday!). We’re actually heading to Mexico on Wednesday for a family vacation with my parents, brother, sister-in-law, and nephews. In the meantime, I’m writing this mid-flight to Toronto to head to see Michelle Obama make her first Canadian appearance with PLAN Canada and the Economic Club of Canada (all of the world-changing women!!). Thanks to the President of the EC, Rhiannon Traill, for generously inviting me. Can’t wait to fill you guys in next week with my feet in the sand in Mexico.

Until then,

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That time I met Meghan at the UN — this was after the viral Emma Watson speech for HeforShe, it was an amazing adventure getting in to the event. I’ll save that for another time!

the vlog

Join me each week to see the behind-the-scenes action at KoMedia. Here's a look at my trip to LA for Summit! 

THIS WEEK:

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Welcome to part twelve of a 20-part series we're publishing called, Your Moment of Ambition.

This week, we make the case for crying at work. Seriously though, studies show that emotional intelligence and vulnerability are not hinderances to business success -- in fact, they can help you lead in more authentic, inclusive and ultimately high-growth ways.

"The important thing, before you invent something, is to practice empathy."

Click here to check out this week’s post on LinkedIn to find out more!
 

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we're watching...

I had the incredible privilege of introducing Rupi Kaur to Sophie Grégoire Trudeau following our event on November 11. Rupi and Sophie sat down ahead of the #16DaysofActivism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign to talk about healing from violence against the body. It's a profound conversation -- you can watch part of it here. 

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we're reading...

  • Maria Contrera's bid to take over the Weinstein company is comprehensive and empowering.
  • Is it still emotional labour if you're being paid? Emilie Friedlander says yes, that women do a ton of emotional labour at work. 
  • We're a little late to the party on this Shondaland roundup of the 52 amazing things that have happened in the world since Trump took office (just over) 52 weeks ago. 
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we recommend...

Donating to the Code-Switched Indiegogo campaign. It's a coming-soon sitcom about group of South-Asian Americans in Chicago, and we so want to see this project come to life!

WE'RE PLANNING...

After a few months of travelling and event planning, Kylie and I are hunkering down to do the everyday work, and to plan for the impact we want to make in 2018. Stay tuned! 

Curated by Komal: On Preparedness and Fear of My Potential

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Hey guys,

Yesterday I did something I have never done before. I went out after the first snowfall of the year, and played in the snow with Mitch, and get this… I was happy about it.

I used to have a deep hatred for the winter months. Likely because of the sun setting at 4:30 pm, the cold, the lack of vitamin D — not to mention how sad I would get (thank you seasonal affective disorder). But this year, I hold an intention of enjoying this season. Of embracing hibernation, of buying some cross-country skis, and doing the one thing that had held me back from fully embracing winter: dressing for the weather.

You know, I realized something, going outside sucks when you don’t have the appropriate gear. So last night, I pulled out my Skida apparel (that I picked up in Vermont), donned my parka, and zipped up my insulated winter boots. We hung out outside for about an hour, and I was so joyful about it!

There’s a key to a full life here folks: preparation is a requirement of joy. Just as the winter months require us to dress to stay warm, our work and everyday lives require us to schedule and incorporate time for preparation.

I’ve noticed that areas where I am lacking preparation in my life are keeping me from fully enjoying life. My anxiety skyrockets when I’m about to take a stage unprepared, my mood changes when I eat food that I am sensitive to but choose to grab because I failed to prepare — the more we prep, the more we can be present in every moment of our lives.

What usually scares me about preparation is that I am afraid of my own potential. Humans have a tendency to self-sabotage, and I am not immune to this tendency. There are areas in my life that I want to be better in, but I’ve realized my lack of preparation is actually rooted in a deep fear of who I dream (and am destined) to become.

Being her might change my life too much, being her asks my current self to sacrifice too much, being her means that I won’t have any other excuses for not living the life of my dreams. But I have a feeling none of these excuses are true — they are ego rearing its head hoping I’ll stick to the status quo.

This is my call for preparation. I am committing to loving winter, to preparing appropriately to enjoy this season that can leave me feeling shitty. I also commit to showing up for myself more fully everyday and committing to preparing better for the things that I know will elevate me even more.

What we resist persists. But what we offer our time and attention to transforms for our benefit.

What are you hoping to improve in your life through preparation? Reply back with what’s on your mind (komal@komalminhas.com).

Until next Tuesday, 

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the vlog

This week's episode is part two of my trip to New Orleans for TED Women! 

THIS WEEK:

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Welcome to part eleven of a 20-part series we're publishing called Your Moment of Ambition.

This week, we're talking female entrepreneurs' success rates. Statistically, female entrepreneurs are more likely to succeed than their male counterparts.

Click here to check out this week’s post to find out why!
 

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we're watching...

This Cards Against Humanity campaign video -- you should watch the video because it's great, but to sum it up, the company bought a plot of land on the US-Mexico border and is prepared for a legal fight with Donald Trump to make sure that his wall isn't built. For $15, you can buy a small piece of the land and be part of the fight. If we had a holiday gift guide, this would be #1. 

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we're reading...

  • This interview with Radhika Jones, the new editor in chief of Vanity Fair and the first Indian-American woman to take the helm of a major American magazine. 
  • This article about a new web-series called 195 Lewis, which centres around "black women loving other black women." 
  • Caroline Madormo's musings on why she's intentionally avoiding overnight success. 
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we recommend...

Donating to the Code-Switched Indiegogo campaign. It's a coming-soon sitcom about group of South-Asian Americans in Chicago, and we so want to see this project come to life!

WE'RE PLANNING...

After a few months of travelling and event planning, Kylie and I are hunkering down to do the everyday work, and to plan for the impact we want to make in 2018. Stay tuned! 

Curated by Komal: Rupi Kaur in Ottawa & Why Conversations Are My Thing

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On Sunday night, I hosted Rupi for her final book tour stop in Ottawa. I shared the stage with her and interviewed her for the only Q&A on her 13-stop fall tour.

It was incredible.

I am at a loss for words right now. Sunday night was unexpected. Even though I was planning it for almost three months, and so many people I love were there, I felt in brand new territory. You see, my dream is to create and host my own talk show. And Rupi and her incredible manager, Rakhi were generous enough to allow last night to be my first step in that direction.

Conversation makes me come alive. Dialogue and words of impact are my tools for change and amplification. When I was sick, this idea kept coming up over and over again, and I couldn’t escape it. In fact, I didn’t want to. I just knew I had to figure out the how. 

So that’s where we are at. My incredible team came together to bring the night to life. To Kylie, Maddie, Ariana, Fatima, Renira, Henrietta, our production team (Mylene and David), and everyone else involved — thank you from the bottom of my heart. It’s not easy to bring your dreams to life, but you all helped make it that much more possible.

Yesterday, I took the day off. Rupi, Rakhi and I went to a very exciting lunch, and then I took the girl’s to Le Nordik (an incredible spa here in Ottawa) for some well deserved post-tour R&R.

Guys, do something today that makes you come alive. You are powerful beyond measure, and the more you walk boldly towards your dreams the more full your spirit and life will be.


With love,

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the vlog

Join me each week to see the behind-the-scenes action at KoMedia. This week, I head to New Orleans to attend TED Women and support my incredible friend Valarie Kaur before she closed the conference with her talk on #revolutionarylove.

"Something about surviving -- getting sick and getting better, and exiting a company, two major life changing moves in a year, losing friends and finding love in unexpected places, finding love in myself again. All these things culminate to a very deep knowing of myself and a real lack of insecurity." 

THIS WEEK:

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Welcome to part ten of a 20-part series we're publishing called, Your Moment of Ambition.

This week, we get into what makes feminist corporate culture truly impactful. Can corporations be feminist? How do you distinguish between PR campaigns and legitimately equity-based cultures? Which companies are leading the charge?

Click here to check out this week’s post on LinkedIn to find out!

“If you are in HR, support your company to define leadership and success in broader terms   that include teamwork, collaboration and learning. Women will more naturally rise to fill these roles if these qualities are valued and rewarded."

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we're watching...

This trailer for Code-Switched, a hilarious, coming-soon sitcom about a group of South-Asian Americans in Chicago. Coincidentally... 

we recommend...

Donating to the Code-Switched Indiegogo campaign. We so want to see this project come to life!

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we're reading...

  • Muslim American women tell Broadly what a year of living under Donald Trump has been like. 
  • Quartz's edited Louis CK's public apology to the women he sexually harassed and abused, making it a little less self-serving and a lot more real. 
  • NPR spoke to a scientist who's part of a growing movement of studying the subtle ways racism affects health. 

WE'RE PLANNING...

After a few months of travelling and event planning, Kylie and I are hunkering down to do the everyday work, and to plan for the impact we want to make in 2018. Stay tuned! 

Curated by Komal: Before We Lead, We Must Follow

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Guys,

I am sitting on the floor of my hotel room in LA trying to stretch and write this letter after staying in bed for a good chunk of the morning. I’m at Summit, an incredible gathering of change makers from around the world — I got in yesterday after a life-changing time at TEDWomen supporting my Sikh sister Valarie Kaur. I shared on Instagram about how I pitched Valarie to let me shadow her at TEDWomen as she prepared her talk that would close the conference. I never imagined that it would lead to finding two life-long friends, allies, and sisters. My time in New Orleans changed me and showed me that in order to lead, at first we must follow.

Every leader at one point or another (and most, throughout their careers and lives), has someone they look up to that they deeply admire. We lead, in part, as a result of being filled with inspiration by another. We cannot lead without seeing the courage and bravery of those who have come before us and feeling the call to model what we’ve witnessed while adding our unique purpose to the mix.

At this moment in my life, I am in a season of following. As I look to cultivate my voice, work, impact, and purpose, I am looking to those who inspire me most. I have begun to reach out to them, offering my service to ensure they continue to rise and change this world for the better. In exchange I receive their wisdom, and I have the privilege of witnessing them in all their greatness in moments of impact.

I saw Valarie speak a year ago in Brooklyn on the Together Live tour. It changed me to see a Sikh woman take centre-stage and share our history with the world. She has been working tirelessly to shine a light on the hate crimes committed against the Sikh and Muslim communities since 9/11, and has begun a movement of #RevolutionaryLove that is taking the world (and your televisions) by storm. I had initially booked my trip to TEDWomen as a gift to myself and when I saw that Valarie was speaking, I knew in my bones that I was meant to help her.

While at TEDWomen, Jasvir (one of Valarie’s dearest friends) and I created the conditions she needed to labour a talk of transformative impact. You see, the talk Valarie came into TED with was not the one she delivered on stage. She started from scratch 24-hrs beforehand and brought music and power to stage a day later. Watching her commitment to her message and movement, and witnessing her genius first-hand was life-changing.

I have now seen one of the greatest orators of our time in one of her greatest moments of impact. I will hold that experience dear with me for years to come. I will also elevate my methods, habits, and behaviours to level up based on what I witnessed.

This is what can happen if you just go for it, if you just show up, and if you work against your fear.

I didn’t know many of my fellow attendees going into TEDWomen — in-fact, part of the reason I am in my room writing this while at Summit in LA is because I am also nervous about not having someone here with me (calling myself out!!). Fear is an interesting beast. But I believe she’s often there to remind us of how transformative ‘that scary thing’ will actually be for us. (I have a feeling something magical is about to happen once I leave this room, stay tuned until next week to find out what it ends up being! #facethefear

Take the leap, call the person you’ve always wanted to work with, do the project that keeps you up at night. Just fucking do it! I promise, working through the discomfort and showing up to do the work and following-thru can change your life forever.

I ended up with a forever sister. Who knows what’s in store for you.

Signing off until next Tuesday at 9 am,

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the vlog

Join me each week to see the behind-the-scenes action at KoMedia. This week, Kylie and I head to Boston to give a workshop at Harvard Business School. 

"I want to be a part of having more meaningful dialogues with women who want to make high impact in the world." 

THIS WEEK:

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Welcome to part nine of a 20-part series we're publishing called, Your Moment of Ambition.

This week, dive into the concept of women supporting women. It's a topic we often hear a lot about in women's empowerment spaces, but rarely do we do a deep dive into all the social factors that make women's professional relationships complicated. The good news is that we're definitely moving in the right direction. 

Click here to check out this week’s post on LinkedIn for more!
 

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we're watching...

The Miss Peru pageant quickly became a protest when contestants used their (literal and figurative stage) to shine a light on gendered violence in the country. 

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we're reading...

  • This is Us took a small step toward revolutionizing representation on screen when it featured a Sikh character -- with absolutely no reference to his religion or ethnicity. He was able to simply exist in the story as white characters have always been allowed to do in popular media. (Note here that Valarie made this happen with support from America Ferrera and the team at NBC)
  • What did Alice Kantor do when she realized the UK didn't have a single event aimed at empowering Black British women? She started one herself. 
  • We're loving this profile of Jessica Williams, who has fought for her career and belived in her craft every step of the way. 
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Supporting our friend Lindsey's Indiegogo campaign to fund World Changing Kids, an organization that's building a more empathetic, conscious and kind generation. 
 

WE'RE PLANNING...

RUPI KAUR PRESENTS 
Sold Out: The Sun and Her Flowers with Komal Minhas

Renowned feminist author, poet, multi-media artist and genuine international phenomenon, Rupi Kaur joins me in Ottawa for the launch of her second book, 'the sun and her flowers'. Tickets are now sold out -- thank you so much for your support! 

Curated by Komal: On Mattering and Female Entrepreneurs on a Global Scale

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welcome!

This is a taste of my weekly newsletter, which can land in your inbox every Tuesday at 9am! Click here to subscribe. 

GUYS! I feel a little bit insane. Kylie and I did a seven week check-in with one of our advisors, and I realized how much we've been able to do in such a short period of time.

We've relaunched as a team (hey Kylie and Maddie!), I've delivered two keynotes, and a workshop (at Harvard!), we've been doing a huge amount of behind-the scenes action, we've planned and are close to executing Rupi's book tour stop + Q&A with me in a few weeks, and we've released eight vlogs, articles, and newsletters!

Phew...

When we first started, as with many endeavours, the workload, and capacity we had as a team wasn't clear. I needed time to get clear about my mission and vision. And everyday I am getting closer and closer to what that is.

I call this newsletter "your weekly dose of inspiration", and I mean it. What's become abundantly clear to me is that I am on a mission to inspire. I want to create content that I wish I had when I was sick and at my lowest, I want to carve out a corner of the internet where we can imperfectly show up, and still be seen, heard, and reminded that we matter.

Because you do matter.

And it's about time someone said it aloud. Last week, my coach and I dove into this concept. The concept of mattering. One of my limiting beliefs is that I have no purpose, or no significance in the lives of the people around me. Last week, I was able to name and face that fear with lightness, I laughed so hard when Raz (my coach) and I were talking about it, because in that moment I felt the true and real absurdity of it.

How dare I think that I don't matter. How dare I think that what I've endured and survived doesn't matter. How dare I think that I have no significance when I am so deeply loved by so many people. I do a disservice to their love by thinking any less of myself.

That's what I want to remind you of today. You matter. To your family, your friends, your partner, to your dog. You matter to your colleagues, and you matter to your truest self. Your lived experiences matter so much.

And let's not forget that scientifically, you are by definition matter.

You are an incredible being, and the love you give is the love this world needs. It's the love that you'll ultimately receive a thousand fold.

I believe that totally and fully.

So yes, things were hella murky when we first started back up in September, and I'm sure many of you weren't sure what would be landing in your inbox every week, but this is what I know for sure: I only know how to give you exactly what I have to give -- what I mean by that is, my capacity for b/s is really low. So what you get here every week is exactly where I'm at, what I'm reflecting on, and learnings and growth that I hope will benefit you as well. It's also a total reflection of the amount of love I've been given in my life, and a lotta that love is coming from each of you. And for that, I thank you.

Tomorrow I'm off to New Orleans and LA for two conferences I registered for as gifts to myself earlier this year. I am ready to be inspired, so I can keep paying it forward.

Wish me luck!

Signing off, until next Tuesday at 9 am,

With love,

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the vlog

Check out my keynote at Start-up Day on the Hill! I had a blast meeting so many inspirational entrepreneurs who are crushing it. Loved sharing my story with such an entrepreneurial audience.

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Welcome to part eight of a 20-part series we're publishing on Medium called, Your Moment of Ambition.

While we're totally amazed by the 1,200 women per day starting businesses in the US, we can often focus too heavily on that number, when women in countries that have been labelled 'developing' are actually starting businesses at higher rates than American and Canadian women. This week, we celebrate some of those entrepreneurs, and the women (like Mariama Camara!) who devote their lives to getting startup funding to them. 

Click here to check out this week’s post!
 

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Anab Jain's TED Talk about the need to connect tangibly with our future selves and societies is so powerful -- her call to action energizes me to continue my mission of building a long-term legacy company.

"We have a chance to write ourselves into a future we want." 

Also, I was so moved by this interview with Selena Gomez and her best friend and kidney donor, Francia, who Selena says "saved her life".

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  • We've all heard stats about the lack of girls' education worldwide, but what is there to actually do about it? Danai Gurira tells us where to start

  • Not entrepreneurship per se, but we're loving that for the first time ever, there's an Indigenous woman running for the President of Mexico
  • Proof that Western companies who try to exploit non-Western markets are increasingly irrelevant -- this is where female entrepreneurs around the world come in.
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we recommend...

Applying for this job at the New York Times, where they'll send you to 52 countries over the course of a year. The deadline is today! 

WE'RE PLANNING...

RUPI KAUR PRESENTS 

Sold Out: The Sun and Her Flowers with Komal Minhas

Renowned feminist author, poet, multi-media artist and genuine international phenomenon, Rupi Kaur joins me in Ottawa for the launch of her second book, 'the sun and her flowers'. Tickets are now sold out -- thank you so much for your support! 

Curated by Komal: Men as our Allies

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This is a taste of my weekly newsletter, which can land in your inbox every Tuesday at 9am! Click here to subscribe. 

This week's focus is men as allies. We chose this topic a few weeks ago, and in light of the incredible courage, and pain we've witnessed across our collective social platforms through women sharing their experiences with sexual harassment and assault via #metoo, I felt compelled to get some thoughts on the male response (and lack there of) down in the newsletter.

Writing this letter hasn't been easy. One reason being, I don't really know how to define 'allyship' anymore. I used to think that a personal declaration, and having men call themselves 'feminists' was enough, that's no longer the case.

The past two years of my life have opened my eyes to my own intersectionality and that my lived experience is starkly different than many of the people in my life who don't look like me. With this in mind, I personally struggle with how best to be an ally myself, and how to determine my expectations for allies in my life as a woman of colour.

According to theantioppressionnetwork.com, "allyship is not an identity—it is a lifelong process of building relationships based on trust, consistency, and accountability with marginalized individuals and/or groups of people."

It's tough to distill my sentiments about male allyship at this juncture. In large part because of the #metoo movement and the implications for all men. The visibility of the number of women who have been harassed, assaulted, raped, and continuously abused makes me realize how clear we must become about the standards and expectations we hold for men and 'male allies'. It's also had me reflecting on whether male perpetrators and bystanders can even be seen as allies. At this point, everyone has likely been complicit at one point or another with harassment or worse.

I want to share a few examples of posts from males on my feeds that caught my attention. They were two that spoke frankly about their complicity and actions, and who took time to share thoughts on constructive ways forward in educating themselves further, alongside the people around them.

A few days ago, in response to Lupita Nyong'o's piece about Weinstein's harassment of her, a friend of mine shared about a sexually inappropriate encounter he engaged in as a young teenager over 20 years ago. He shared the guilt he's held onto, and that he reached out to the woman he assaulted since then and that they've been able to discuss and reconcile the experience together. A key line stuck out to me: "she paid the primary cost of my sexual education". In this instance I was shocked by his courage. He outed himself and his experience with being someone who engaged in a non-consensual encounter more than 20 years ago, and held space for the true pain caused for his victim and himself. He then went on to reflect on how to enable other male perpetrators to engage with the shame they likely hold, and to use it to fuel this conversation and heal with their victims.

I've read post after post trivializing #metoo, but when people ask, "What came of #metoo?" I will point to the power of the collective of women coming forward, and how they prompted a response like his on Facebook. The kind of post I never would have imagined seeing on my feed -- a man taking accountability for an assault he committed, how he struggled to forgive himself, and how he worked to ensure the woman he assaulted was okay, and how they have since rebuilt their friendship.

Another friend posted about his ongoing complicity in witnessing acts of harassment, and how he wishes he would have spoken up time and again. He commits to speaking up more often moving forward and notes the relevance to him personally as he is a survivor of childhood sexual assault.

These posts have been few and far between on my feed, but I hold space in my heart for the men who have come forward (and will continue to) in the wake of the courageous women who have shared their pain so publicly. 

So what can allyship look like now? Now that we're actually naming the pain, the assault, and the tragedy publicly? How have we changed the expectation and definition? I feel like I've matured and clarified my expectations of it on my own journey these past three years -- it's not just a declaration of being a male ally or male feminist. Instead, it is an everyday call to action for men to be honest and accountable, and to be clear about what accountability looks like with the men around them -- to call their peers and others out and in necessary circumstances, to report them.

Part of the reason this week's newsletter came out a day late is because I wanted to take more time to get these thoughts together. This is such a complex and heavy topic, and deserves so much time and space to be processed by everyone. 

So guys, what are your thoughts here? I appreciate that this is a space where I can voice my thoughts even while they're in process. Shoot me an email at komal@komalminhas.com to share a bit about what this brings up for you, I'd love to expand my thoughts even more.

Signing off, until next Tuesday at 9 am,


With love,

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the vlog

Join me each week to see the behind-the-scenes action at KoMedia. This week, I head to Aylmer for a retreat with my speaking coach Majeed and some other fantastic speakers from across the East coast of Canada and the US.

"This weekend is about me reinvesting in myself, and refining my craft."

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Welcome to part seven of a 20-part series we're publishing called, Your Moment of Ambition.

This week, we dive into how men can be allies to female entrepreneurs, in business and in life. With all that's happening in pop culture news right now, it feels timely to be talking about how men can be better allies, not just in Hollywood but in all industries and around the world. 

"I don’t understand why anyone in modern society wouldn’t want to think of themselves as wanting to support the advancement of women, so it’s sort of a joke to me that there is a controversy about the term."

Click here to check out this week’s post!

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This Hour Has 22 Minutes' powerful take on Harvey Weinstein and the culture of sexual assault in media. Newsflash: It's not only men in positions of power who feel entitled to women's bodies. 

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  • This might be ten days old, but I thought it best to start on a lighter note... who better than Oprah to break your baby news? Here's Mindy Kaling on having Queen O share her pregnancy with the world! 
  • Leave it to Shondaland to succinctly sum up why the whole Harvey Weinstein mess isn't just a result of a few bad men doing very bad things -- it's the inevitable outcome of a pervasive culture of toxic masculinity, and we need to get comfortable with that fact so we can change it. 
  • Griffin Newman and Kevin Smith are two men who were complicit in toxic Hollywood masculinity for far too long, but their actions now are showing steps toward true allyship and provide good examples for other men who want to take similar steps. 
  • Reminder that the President of the United States is also an alleged abuser. His accusers hope he'll meet a similar resistance to Weinstein.
  • If you need a break from all this ongoing shit, a) I don't blame you, and b) I am here to remind you that it's actually psychologically necessary to waste time. 
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we recommend...

Applying for this job at the New York Times, where they'll send you to 52 countries over the course of a year. Opportunity of a lifetime or what?

WE'RE PLANNING...

RUPI KAUR PRESENTS 
Sold Out: The Sun and Her Flowers withKomal Minhas

Renowned feminist author, poet, multi-media artist and genuine international phenomenon, Rupi Kaur joins me in Ottawa for the launch of her second book, 'the sun and her flowers'. Tickets are now sold out -- thank you so much for your support! 

START-UP DAY ON THE HILL!

Here's a look at my speech on the Scale-Up Stage at the Shaw Centre last week!

Curated by Komal: The Power of Women Investors

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This is a taste of my weekly newsletter, which can land in your inbox every Tuesday at 9am! Click here to subscribe. 

Let's talk about money. 

How many of you cringed when you read that? For some, the topic of money causes a knee jerk reaction that leads to avoidance, and sometimes nausea. I want to help transform that feeling.

On Sunday, I stayed overnight with my business bestie Steph in a cottage in Wakefield an hour from where I live. I had been running all weekend. I worked all-day Saturday and needed a breather to regroup and give my brain a break. Steph is always the right person to do this with. Some heart-to-heart chats and games later, we got into the good (and once again, cerebral) stuff -- for us that topic is, how do we build our wealth in meaningful, but high-growth ways?

I've realized lately that this kind of conversation isn't one that's being had enough amongst young people, especially young women. I want to change that. Over the last few years, I have accumulated more wealth, and knowledge about investing, and I've personally invested in six companies. I am an investor -- it's time for me to talk more about it.

Last week I delivered my new keynote talk in Vermont about Redefining Wealth (scroll to 4:50 to see a clip). It's my mission to build and proliferate examples of more diverse, value-driven wealth holders who aren't sexual predators, white men, addicts, or assholes. I want to see more women who look like me, Joanne Wilson, Suzanne West, Oprah, Manjit Minhas, and countless others, coming to the forefront to give the world more positive, meaningful examples of what it means to be wealthy. 

We don't have to fear money. It holds so much potential for impact, love, service, and joy. As my coach Majeed said in our training last week, "Money flows to you because you're valuable, and flows through you to what you value. Ultimately, this makes you more valuable as you invest in yourself, and into things that will have a lasting impact and growth".

For me, my most recent investment is into a new Venture Capital fund out of NYC run by a woman I admire deeply, Lindsey Taylor Wood. The Helm is a VC fund that invests exclusively in high-growth female-led tech start-ups. There's a deeply rooted community aspect to the fund that is unique and meaningful for me as I keep learning more about investing. Check out their profile in Fast Company (+ a photo of me).

I am proud to be a founding member of this fund, and to support it's growth, and long-term impact. I am putting my money where my mouth is. It's time for more women to become investors. It's scary, it's strange, and for some, it's a space that makes no sense, but I'm here to share my experience to help educate and change the ratio

My call to action is to encourage everyone, whether you have $100 or $10,000 to explore what options exist for you to invest in something you love and that can provide a meaningful (read profit and service-related) return. Check out Wealth Simple as a starting point, they can help you build a portfolio in a few quick steps. Next, talk to people in your network or family about what investing could look like for you, and finish with finding your new favourite impact investor (female or otherwise) that you'll check-in on occasionally for inspiration.

Send me what you find at komal@komedia.ca.

Let's build our wealth together and provide more examples of positive wealth accumulation. 

Until next Tuesday at 9 am,

With love,

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the vlog

Join me each week to see the behind-the-scenes action at KoMedia. This week, we head to Burlington, where I give a keynote at the Vermont Women's Fund's annual gathering! 

"It's great to see another woman up there who's doing something really meaningful using an amazing platform, like Oprah Winfrey, the White House. Someone who looks like me, who's saying things like 'get involved in business at the high school level', and to see that magnified in this way was really inspiring."
                                                                         
                                                                - Kiran, an audience member at the event!

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Welcome to part six of the 20-part series we're publishing on Medium called, Your Moment of Ambition.

This week, we dive into the power of female investors, and why it's so important to have women sitting on both sides of the table. 

“We all want to change the world in different ways, and angel investing is one way you can put your time and money behind making the change you want to see in the world." - Katherine Hague


Click here to check out this week’s post on Medium to find out!
 

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we're watching...

Research shows we'll lose a vast number of jobs to technology over the next decade, but scary as this may seem, David Lee says it's an opportunity to change the way we think about work -- to create human-centred jobs that don't feel like work at all. 

"When you invite people to be more, they can amaze us with how much more they can be."

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  • FastCompany wrote a really great piece that dives into what makes The Helm, the women-centric investment fund I shared about, different. Check out the third photo!

  • Investors are missing out on a huge opportunity in the beauty industry -- a classic example of (largely) male investors underestimating the purchasing power women hold.

  • This woman self-funded her trip to SPACE. Talk about investing in yourself.

  • Buzzfeed’s powerful call to readers to tell them who the Harvey Weinsteins of every industry are. We deeply believe in the power of media, and this kind of inquiry is step one in the effort to create a world where men don’t hold (and abuse) disproportionate power over women. Woody Allen calls this a “witch hunt atmosphere”; we call it progress (shout out to all the women sharing their stores, #metoo). Part of having more women investor's will be a shift in culture -- creating more accountability in spaces where sexual harassment and assault is rampant. 

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we recommend...

If you didn't read this week's Your Moment of Ambition you're missing out on the incredible Natalia Oberti Nogeura's Pipeline Angels -- an Angel Investing Bootcamp. Maybe you're the perfect fit for the fellowship!

WE'RE PLANNING...

Startup Day on The Hill

I'm joining hundreds of other entrepreneurs and changemakers for Startup Canada's Startup Day on the Hill on October 19th, where I'll be speaking about the power of redefining wealth.

Click here to get your ticket!

RUPI KAUR PRESENTS 
Sold Out: The Sun and Her Flowers withKomal Minhas

Renowned feminist author, poet, multi-media artist and genuine international phenomenon, Rupi Kaur joins me in Ottawa for the launch of her second book, 'the sun and her flowers'. Tickets are now sold out -- thank you so much for your support! 

Curated by Komal: Self-Promotion + Integrity as a Precursor to Success

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welcome!

This is a taste of my weekly newsletter, which can land in your inbox every Tuesday at 9am! Click here to subscribe. 

So, this week we have two important topics of conversation. Self promotion. And Harvey Weinstein.

Let's begin with Weinstein. The notorious abuser, womanizer, and stereotypical Hollywood (or any field for that matter) male executive who gets off on using his power to feed his ego, and to harm dozens of women.

I read the original piece in the Times, alongside multiple articles that get deeper and deeper into his abuses, and that show a pattern in how he chose the women he would abuse, and his tactics for manipulation and for getting them alone. He created an entire company built around protecting his reputation and enabling his behaviour for over 20 years and was supported by the film industry the whole time. His films have been nominated for over 300 Oscars, many of the films are likely some of your favourites (they are mine too). How eff-ed up does that feel? 

Yesterday, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, and other prominent actresses came out sharing their experiences with his harassment and assault. Twenty years ago, they had nowhere to go to report him without decimating their careers. One woman learned that even in 2015, with an undercover audio recording of him confessing his assaults, and with the support of the NYPD, it still wasn't enough to tarnish this Hollywood big wig.

But 2017 is different somehow. We have seen case after case of prominent man after man being outed, fired, and at times, taken to trial for their abuses. The timing for victims to be heard, supported, seen, and listened to is now.

So, what would happen if we enabled values-based people and organizations to lead society? What if we funded, invested in, and spent our money on content that is created by soulful, loving, grounded, whole humans? What if we shifted our current media (and societal paradigm), and supported people who weren't assholes?

Now is the time for women and men who hold great values and morals, and who choose not to harm others to be unabashedly seen in all their glory. Now is the time for women to lead the future of entertainment, and to create more of the experiences we consume. 

Last week when I witnessed my friend Rupi Kaur's theatrical release for her book in Tribeca, and felt the energy in that room of mostly female audience members feeling so seen, and having their lives and experiences mirrored to them, I knew I had a front seat to a social transformation. Creators like Rupi, Lilly Singh, Justin Baldoni, Issa Rae, Gina Rodriguez, Oprah, The Rock, and so many others are paving a path towards media we can be proud of consuming.

We represent the next wave of media makers, film producers, authors, poets, and entertainers that must be seen and heard from. It's time to support the self-promotion of people and brands that don't make us feel awful, and who aren't awful. People, products, and media that we can love consuming because we can love and support how they're made. Integrity must become a precursor to success.

Signing off until next Tuesday at 9 am.

With love,

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the vlog

Here's a look at my trip to New York City for my friend Rupi Kaur's book launch! She's been so successful at building an authentic, accessible and connected brand and it was amazing to experience that fully, and to support her launch in New York.

"We are on this ride together. We will build together, and we will rise together. Be unabashedly you, and put that shit (your art, what you are called to create) into the world. Consistently, over time." 
 

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Welcome to part five of a 20-part series we're publishing on Medium called, Your Moment of Ambition.

This week, we're talking about self-promotion. As women, it can often feel unnatural or wrong to brag about our accomplishments. But the truth is, especially as a entrepreneurs, it's absolutely essential -- not to mention good for healthy levels of confidence. 

“We discourage women from being ambitious and so women run up against all kinds of barriers and disapproval when we advocate for ourselves. It’s a huge double standard that we face."

Click here to check out this week’s post on Medium!

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we're watching...

What's your story? Your answer to this question is crucial to meaningful -- and effective -- self-promotion, according to the fantastic Tiffany Dufu

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we're reading...

  • Let's watch Issa Rae build an empire, shall we? #selfpromotionistheonlypromotion
  • We can talk about self-promotion all we want, but what happens when the work you're promoting attracts outright sexism? We're nodding along to this piece about 'making while female.'
  • The Unapologetically Brown Series is a street art project that brings visibility to the important work women of colour have contributed to popular culture and to society. 
  • How the inimitable Rupi Kaur has built a literary movement by staying true to her value of accessibility (it features interviews done at her book launch, check out the vlog to see some behind-the-scenes action!). 
  • What happens when doing the work that feels most right to you means you get slapped with a less than reputable label (in this writer's case, it was "mommy blogger"). 
  • As a white man in the film industry, Harvey Weinstein's behaviour toward women never got in the way of his career, or his self-promotion -- until it couldn't be ignored any longer. His story is exemplary of the world we don't want to live in anymore, and why we're working toward one in which integrity and reputation are precursors to success. 
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we recommend...

Today is National Coming Out Day! This week, we recommend checking out these resources compiled by the Human Rights Campaign. 

Sending love and admiration to anyone who's stepping into their truth today (and every day)!

WE'RE PLANNING...

Startup Day on The Hill
I'm joining hundreds of other entrepreneurs and changemakers for Startup Canada's Startup Day on the Hill on October 19th, where I'll be speaking about the power of redefining wealth.
Click here to get your ticket!

RUPI KAUR PRESENTS 
Sold Out: The Sun and Her Flowers with Komal Minhas
Renowned feminist author, poet, multi-media artist and genuine international phenomenon, Rupi Kaur joins me in Ottawa for the launch of her second book, 'the sun and her flowers'. Tickets are now sold out -- thank you so much for your support! 

Curated by Komal: Embracing the Possibility of Failure

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This is a taste of my weekly newsletter, which can land in your inbox every Tuesday at 9am! Click here to subscribe. 

I am writing this at 1:50 am after coming home from having dollar pizza with Rupi, her family and friends, after her phenomenal book launch in NYC.

We descended on the Tribeca Performing Arts Center early this evening, and I was all nerves and starstruck. You see, on stage with Rupi were going to be five phenomenal women, one of whom was Lilly Singh, aka iiSuperwomanii, a woman I have admired from afar for years, and whose vlogs provided me massive comfort as I faced my battle with cancer last year. The nerves were partially my own, but most were actually excitement for what Rupi was about to do.

Rupi is a New York Times bestselling author -- she's been on the list for over a year. She has sold more than a million books, and is turning 25 tomorrow. Rupi is the epitome of elegance, pure determination and grit, business savvy, unbelievable talent, and so much love. 

I am blessed to witness her take the world by storm, and tonight she levelled up hard. Tonight, we witnessed her light beam through her words into the souls of the audience. Tears, laughter, total and complete connection took place. The Sun and Her Flowers, her second book, is finally here, and Rupi is just getting started.

So why is this relevant to our discussions this week about fear of failure? For me in this particular moment, it's a reminder that even when we think we are failing and bottoming out, the people we love and hold close to our hearts may be lifting us up out of our darkness without us even realizing it.

The front end of this year took me to a darkness I never could have expected. Some of the glitters of hope and light that came through when I was down, were the updates I would receive from Rakhi (Rupi's manager, an incredible director and media force, and a dear friend), and Rupi. Knowing she would be finishing and launching her book, watching her from afar as she embarked on her global tour -- all this gave me solace as I knew I could not do the work I longed to do at that time.

Her success raised me up.

So, although today we are reflecting on experiences with failure, I urge you to think about times when you thought you failed, and to shift that memory and gain a new perspective on that moment. Who around you helped raise you up, directly (like Rupi did for me), or inadvertently (like Lilly's vlogs did for me, which I had the privilege of telling her about tonight)? Remind yourself of the love in your life, and that the choices you make, specifically the media you consume, when you are low, is deeply connected to how you can and will rise.

This right here is why I make this newsletter. Why I've been called to curate content. I want to create for you what I wish I had more of when I was at my rock bottom. What I wish I had when I needed light more than anything else.

This is my gift to you.

Let me know how you're doing this week. Shoot me an email at komal@komedia.ca, and I hope what follows below gives you the burst of something you need today.

Signing off until next Tuesday at 9 am,

With love,

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the vlog

Join me each week to see the behind-the-scenes action at KoMedia. This week, I travel home to Grande Prarie, Alberta and reflect on my body's boundaries when it comes to work. 

"Every time I work to take another step forward, I'm feeling out: What are my limitations? What are my boundaries? What am I working through here?"

THIS WEEK:

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Welcome to part four of a 20-part series we're publishing on Medium called, Your Moment of Ambition.

This week, we dive head-first into failure: why it scares us so much, and why it shouldn't. 

Click here to check out this week’s post on Medium to find out!
 

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we're watching...

Marie Forleo's sit-down with Brendan Burchard, who's a big proponent of the long game -- sustainable, meaningful success. Coincidentally, Kylie and I are also currently reading his book, High Performance Habits

"High performers value wellbeing more than almost any other demographics that we've ever measured." 

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  • This woman says she has the key to success -- all you have to do is succeed less. (Or, in more earnest terms, succeed differently.)
     
  • Since Ursula Burns left Xerox, there are no Black women CEOs of Fortune 500 companies. Here, in systemic detail, is why. 
  • We felt super validated when everything we believe about success and building a meaningful, fulfilling life was confirmed by a real-life clinical psychotherapist.

  • What happens when your path to success is blocked by someone else’s actions against your body? (Warning: this piece is about sexual assault.)

  • Lady Gaga had to cancel a tour because of illness that some believe isn’t valid. What does her body’s supposed  failure and recovery mean for her career? (Also check-out her doc on Netflix -- she's phenomenal)
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Backing this Kickstarter project started by our friends Nida and Jonathan -- Impakt is a browser extension that helps you vote with your wallet and make ethical purchases. 

Also, if you're a young, ambitious woman looking for an incredible community and opportunity to connect with like-minded world-changers, apply for the Summit LA Scholarship. I am attending, and would love to see you there!

WE'RE PLANNING...

RUPI KAUR PRESENTS 
The Sun and Her Flowers with Komal Minhas

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Renowned feminist author, poet, multi-media artist and genuine international phenomenon, Rupi Kaur joins me in Ottawa for the launch of her second book, 'the sun and her flowers'.

 

Curated by Komal: Why Representation Matters

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welcome!

This is a taste of my weekly newsletter, which can land in your inbox every Tuesday at 9am! Click here to subscribe. 

This week we're talking about representation.

“You can’t be what you can’t see”. I call an ever so subtle, bullsh*t.

This phrase, often used to justify the need for more representation in media, is not actually reflective of the experiences of many minority media makers and many cross-industry trailblazers who did not have the luxury of 'seeing' what they could become.

A few weeks ago, TIME Magazine released a series of covers with the words FIRST emblazoned on each. You saw the faces of Ava DuVernay, Oprah, Selena Gomez, Serena Williams, and many others taking their rightful places as the firsts in their fields. These women did not have the luxury of waiting for others to become an example for them to rise. These women had to slowly, and steadily, break barrier after barrier to carve out their lane, to stay in it, and to rise to the top.

There are many firsts yet to come, so many leadership positions, entertainment roles, and the like waiting for their ‘first’ to arrive. Until equal representation becomes so pervasive that we have to scour for positions where minority faces have yet to be seen, we MUST be what we can’t yet see. It is our inherent responsibility as minority media makers, entertainers, engineers, business leaders, etc… to find a crack or fissure and to work our way through it until we arrive. Day after day, role after role. Until a few generations from now, the seeds of our trailblazing begin to grow, deeply rooted and affecting systemic change.

That’s why I’m here. That’s why representation matters. This is my gentle reminder that our everyday act of showing up and demanding to be seen is an act of revolution.

This week, I look to Rupi Kaur’s poem of legacy, I look to Colin Kaepernick’s movement and so many the world-over called to #takeaknee. I look to Charles D. King sharing how he became the first black senior leader at one of the leading entertainment agencies in Hollywood and then created his own firm Macro, and won Oscars for his first production, Fences. I look to Clara Villarosa, who ran the largest African American Bookstore in the United States, and who everyday inspires others to trailblaze, and whom we’ve profiled in our weekly Medium series, Your Moment of Ambition.

This week is all about representation. The fact that it’s our responsibility as young, ambitious minority leaders to make space for ourselves in a world that was built on our exclusion.

Tell me what you dream of becoming in an email (komal@komedia.ca). I often find typing it out, and pushing send is the ultimate first step to bringing that imagined reality to life.

Until next Tuesday at 9 am,

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the vlog

Join me each week to see the behind-the-scenes action as I relaunch KoMedia. Here's day two of my trip to NYC and, as always, a quick heart-to-heart! 

"I just feel this really beautiful groundedness in knowing who I am, knowing what my purpose is, and knowing what I have to offer the world." 

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Welcome to part one of a 20-part series we're publishing on Medium called, Your Moment of Ambition.

This week, we take a closer look at the career path of one of Dream, Girl’s most popular characters, Clara Villarosa, and ask ourselves how her (incredibly successful nonetheless) journey might have been different if she’d been able to see herself and her interests represented in popular media.

Click here to check out this week’s post on Medium to find out!

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we're watching...

Charles D. King has banked on the power of representation in film for his entire career --- even while he was a trainee in a media agency’s mailroom. His interview with Complex dives into his deep belief in the relevancy of diverse media, and the work he’s done since an early age to be able to produce it.

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we're reading...

  • Before he was on The Daily Show, Hasan Minhaj was investing the money he earned working in tech support into a self-funded startup comedy and media career, complete with bootstrapped live events and independently produced YouTube videos. Sound familiar? ;)
     
  • We don’t often think about sports as socially impactful media, but what’s happening in the NFL right now (beautifully summed up by these photosZendaya tweeted this week) feels consequential beyond a good Super Bowl ad. We’re loving the NYT’s recent profile of Colin Kaepernick, which dives into how he came to be the activist we see today.
     
  • How Black Girl Gamers are creating a thriving community for, well, Black Girl Gamers that’s safe(r) from the industry’s rampant racism and sexism.
     
  • This Walrus piece which makes the case that the personal essay as a genre isn’t outdated; it's just no longer dominated by white writers. 
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Applying to attend the Obama Foundation's Summit along with hundreds of other civic leaders in Chicago later this month. 

WE'RE PLANNING...

RUPI KAUR PRESENTS 
The Sun and Her Flowers with Komal Minhas

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Renowned feminist author, poet, multi-media artist and genuine international phenomenon, Rupi Kaur joins me in Ottawa for the launch of her second book, 'the sun and her flowers'.

 

Curated by Komal: The Power of Visualization and Amplifying Your Life

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WELCOME! 

This is a taste of my weekly newsletter, which can land in your inbox every Tuesday at 9am! Click here to subscribe. 

This week, our word of inspiration is: visualization.

I’m sitting in an office today working on building the company of my dreams. A few months ago, I didn’t think this was going to be possible. When I was at the peak of my sickness, I didn’t believe I would be able to come back to work and to do what I love. I didn’t think I’d be able to take a stage again, or that I would be able to think of my career in the same was as I did in the past -- I thought my life had changed forever.

In the thick of my burnout and sickness, visualization and dreaming seemed like painful taunts of a life I wouldn’t be able to experience anymore. Dreaming of an imagined future goal or hope felt futile when I struggled so hard to merely wake-up (and not fall over) in the mornings. Yet, slowly, every single day, more and more light came into my life.

Consistently, over time, I went to the appointments I needed to, I managed business logistics to decrease my overall stress, I met with my mindset coach/therapist to overcome my depression, and I did what I didn’t think was possible. I healed.

A few weeks ago, something incredible started happening. I slowly began visualizing my future self living a normal life. I began seeing myself walk onto stages, I began imagining my commute into the city every day with Mitch and dropping him off and heading over to my office and seeing Kylie in the mornings, I began believing in what I once thought was impossible. 

That is the power of belief. That is the power of putting in the work and time to heal and rise. And that is the power that each of us hold to amplify our lives in whatever ways we deem and dream necessary. My life has indeed changed, I've become stronger and more resilient that I had ever thought I'd need to be.

So, what do you dream to achieve? We hope today’s newsletter can plant a few seeds as to how to ensure your visualizations become reality. With slow and steady progress, and a commitment to your personal growth, you will get there

We’re in this together.

This week’s instalment of Curated by Komal includes our weekly series, Her Business: Stories from the Frontlines of Modern Entrepreneurship. This week’s article explores the power of visualization and how to stay accountable to your dreams. What we want you to watch this week is Lena Waithe’s Emmy’s acceptance speech -- she dreamed of taking that stage as a black queer woman, and through her incredible writing of the Thanksgiving episode of Master of None, she made that dream a reality. From there dive into this week’s articles sourced by Kylie, and don’t forget to  get your tickets for my event with Rupi Kaur on November 12th at the Museum of History in Gatineau. We’re over halfway sold out (!!!), and I wouldn’t want you to miss it.

Let us know what you think of this week’s content. (Ps -- you can subscribe to the newsletter here.) What dreams are you wanting to bring to life, and what can we bring your way every week to help you get there? Email me at komal@komedia.ca, I can’t wait to hear from you.

Signing off with love, until next Tuesday at 9 am,

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the vlog

This week Mitch and I head to NYC, and I reflect on what it's like to return to the city I had to leave suddenly after getting sick. There's some major heart-to-heart action in this episode.

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Welcome back for part two of a 20-part series we're publishing on Medium called, Your Moment of Ambition.

This week, we make the case for visualization as a tool for building a fulfilling life. We chat with experts and successful entrepreneurs to learn how putting your dreams out into the universe can manifest great things. 

Click here to check out this week’s post on Medium!

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we're watching...

I was up late watching the  Emmy's last night, and may have shed a few tears because of the level of heart-opening diversity on that stage! At 27, seeing people with my skin colour on that stage winning these incredible awards made me realize, maybe I could do it too. We've been watching Lena Waithe’s Emmy acceptance speech, over and over, but did you also see her earlier Instagram post about visualizing herself at the Emmys as a kid, or how about Ava Duvernay's tweet about Lena's hustle?
 

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we're reading...

  • This Medium piece, which we’re loving because the author describes visualization in a different way -- he calls it decision -- but also because he recognizes how non-negotiable self-care practices are, not only in the doing stage, but also in the dreaming and planning and “deciding” stages.
  • Hillary Clinton in conversation with America Ferrera, on what happens when what you dreamed for yourself (and for your country) doesn’t come to light.
  • This woman’s meditation on what it means to live her life authentically, regardless of the pressure that pervasive Western values have put on her identity.
  • A Dreamer’s account of what it feels like to be given the right to imagine a fulfilling life, only to have it abruptly and unkindly taken away five years later (a personal reflection on the DACA changes in the US).
  • Why the fall still feels like a time for planning and new beginnings, even when there’s no more "first day of school".
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Applying to attend the Obama Foundation's Summit along with hundreds of other civic leaders in Chicago later this month. (Hoping to get my ish together an applying this week, maybe see you there! Also, I took this picture at my first Clinton Global Initiative, still blows my mind.)

WE'RE PLANNING...

RUPI KAUR PRESENTS
The Sun and Her Flowers with Komal Minhas

Renowned feminist author, poet, multi-media artist and genuine international phenomenon, Rupi Kaur joins me in Ottawa for the launch of her second book, 'the sun and her flowers'.