Bright Nights {Networking for Creative and Mission-Driven Solopreneurs}

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Brightside Coworking

6018 SE Stark Street

Portland, OR 97215

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Join us for our monthly night of networking for mission-driven and creative solopreneurs. Each month, we'll start with casual mingling and then feature a guest speaker to share insights about a topic relevant to all solopreneurs, whether they run holistic healing, counseling or coaching practices, creative solopreneur ventures, or side hustles.

This month, acupuncturist Kate Kirkham, L.Ac. of Hearthside Healing will offer a talk called Building Resilience with (Everyday) Mindfulness, in which she discusses how she shares techniques and strategies on how to engage your senses to reduce anxiety, feel calmer and more present and face daily challenges with more energy and grace.

In this talk you’ll learn:

    • Why mindfulness? (What is it?)
      Engaging your senses, using this awareness to help you feel calm. In addition you become aware of mental, emotional, physical discomfort… awareness teaches you where the work is (in order to have self awareness you must have self-compassion)… as you truly become aware of the discomfort, turn towards it, learn how to address it… “hello sadness…” (and stop using so much energy to cover it up…or addictive behaviors like drugs, alcohol, and screen time) “what if we met what’s inside of us with curiosity and love?” (Dr Solomon)

    • Why resilience? (How are mindfulness and resilience related?)
      Becoming more aware of our bodies, the world around us and our emotions allows us to LISTEN to what we need in our lives (i.e., noticing when we are hungry, versus pushing through it and then feeling worse, grumpy at those around us).

      Benefits of using mindfulness to build resilience -- better health, better sleep, less stress, better relationships, maybe if you’re lucky better sex!

    • Ways to incorporate mindfulness into your life (What does that look, feel, smell, sound, taste like?)
      Taking time in nature daily if possible… something as simple as looking up at the stars when you take out the garbage, compost or recycling at night. Being aware of the change of seasons.

      Meditation, guided meditation is OK! Easy, simple and short …At Portland Insight Meditation Community their intro to mindfulness class asked us to bring mindfulness into two daily activities (ie brushing your teeth, every time you do this you allow your breath to deepen, really be aware of the taste of the toothpaste, the sensation of brushing, the way your mouth feels afterwards)

This short talk will be followed by a brief Q&A and more mingling.

We really strive to make this night more about networking and connecting and giving you space to mingle and time to connect. Please come by 6:30pm if you want to mingle and, if you want to stay later, join us for more conversation and networking.


6:30pm to 7pm
Mix and mingle

7pm to 7:30pm
Start discussion on everyday mindfulness by acupuncturist Kate Kirkham, followed by a Q&A discussion.

7:30pm to 8pm
More mixing and mingling

These informal, small events are FREE but limited to 15 people.

This event is designed to offer festive, casual networking without too much formal talking. If you've ever been to an event and found yourself thinking, "I wish the person with the microphone would wrap this up," this event is for you.

WHAT: Small-ish networking event for solopreneurs and holistic practitioners

WHEN: Monday, November 18, 6:30pm to 8pm

FREE (but please register)


Brightside Coworking
6018 SE Stark St.

WHY:To meet other inspired professionals and learn tips on how to grow your business

HOW: Show up ready to be motivated, open your mind to fresh approaches for your business, and connect. Come for as long as you can.

Space is limited to 15. Register today.


Kate Kirkham
Owner of Hearthside Healing

Kate Kirkham, LAc, continues to practice acupuncture (for 15 years now) at her home based business, Hearthside Healing, that she shares with her husband of 17 years, Jon Keyes, LPC. Kate and Jon have two kids and have lived in Portland’s Montavilla neighborhood for seventeen years.

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