Moving past painful memories

Often we have ugly or painful memories and thoughts that interfere with being productive and, more importantly, with happiness. Denial and avoidance are normal protective strategies but only temporarily helpful. They can be destructive if we just stay with them. But dwelling on the negativity of pain and trauma can get in the way of growing. WWN member and Counselor/Therapist Virginia Malmquist be talking about cognitive strategies that can push those thoughts aside while still learning what we need from difficult events at our Thursday, Feb. 21, meeting.

IT resolutions to kick start your New Year

How are your New Year’s resolutions going?  Any of them make it to February?

While you might have already fallen off the  “Lose Weight,” “Fit In Fitness” or “Spend more time with Family” personal resolutions, we have a few suggestions that will set you up for success – we are talking about your IT.  While we re-focus, prioritize and set new goals for ourselves, we should include the same for our technology.

Crystal King from NW Technology will share a few IT resolutions that will benefit your business goals throughout the year at our Feb. 7 meeting. See you at the Gateway Centre at noon.

Habitat for Humanity's Women Build

Hillary Pritchard, Community Outreach Director for Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County, will be our guest speaker on Thursday, Jan. 31. Habitat is a local organization that builds homes in partnership with families earning poverty wages and in need of a safe, decent, affordable home.  

Hillary will be speaking about Habitat’s program Women Build. Women Build provides volunteer opportunities for anyone to make a difference with the Habitat program and learn how to build a home, no experience necessary. The Women Build initiative provides the opportunity for women to take a proactive step in serving their communities by building strength, stability and self-reliance through the construction of decent affordable housing. Volunteers work under the guidance of construction professionals, and also alongside other volunteers and future Habitat homeowners.  

Join us at noon at the Gateway Centre to hear more about Women Build.

What's new with Sustainable Connections' Food & Farming Program

Maressa Valliant, Sustainable Connections’ Food & Farming Marketing Coordinator, is this week’s guest speaker. Maressa will share SC’s rebranded Eat Local First campaign and its new online Food Atlas tool.

Maressa has a wide range of marketing experience, garnered from working with all kinds of organizations from small family businesses to high volume retail outlets. She’s also passionate about creating a sustainable food system, and educating people – especially children – about how to find, prepare, eat and enjoy fresh, local food.

Join us Thursday, Jan. 24, at noon.

Down Payment Assistance

WWN member Brenda Bringhurst is a loan officer with Heritage Bank who has been helping families and individuals secure home loans throughout her career. During our Thursday, Jan. 10, meeting Brenda will speak about the Washington State Housing Finance Commission loan program that provides down payment assistance to qualified buyers.  For those who qualify, this program eliminates the need for a down payment. Come learn more Thursday at noon.

Blazing a trail for legal cannabis

Danielle Rosellison of Trail Blazin’ Productions is our guest speaker on Thursday, Dec. 6. Danielle and her husband, Juddy, were among the first entrepreneurs to files for a license to grow cannabis in Washington after the passage of I-502. Danielle has found herself increasingly involved in governmental affairs surrounding the cannabis industry as well as working to market Trail Blazin’s products and operating as the company’s COO.

Danielle's sincere interest is to help the entire cannabis community, not just her own company, move in a positive direction. She is a founder and current president of The Cannabis Alliance, one of the the largest Washington state’s industry association, and is an Ambassador to the Bellingham Chamber of Commerce.