Saturday, March 16, 2013

Goddess Intellect

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In January I posted the blog's first feature of the year. The purpose of these posts is to highlight the initiatives, events and businesses of some of Toronto's young professionals and entrepreneurs. This month I had the privilege of interviewing Goddess Intellect. Check out below for the Q&A with The Collabo (TCB) and Goddess Intellect (GI). 

TCB: In reviewing the “About” section of your blog, you are described as a talk show host, relationship coach, author of Goddess Intellect blog and weekly columnist in Hello Beautiful magazine. Can you tell us about your personal journey into each of these ventures?

GI: I feel like all of these ventures and opportunities are in a way related to each other. Everything that I do is tied into promoting open dialogue, connecting people; building relationships and helping people grow.  Being a talk show host arose from my ability to start and encourage active conversations with others. With respect to the blogging, this venture originally stemmed from me relieving frustration by reading other blogs and posting comments. When I would post my comments and note that they were pretty long, I started to think to myself maybe I should start my own blog. With many of my readers gravitating towards my posts on relationships, this was reassurance that the content was relatable and engaging.  I consider my role as a relationship coach stems from something I do naturally; I truly enjoy listening and helping people. Lastly, my weekly column for Hello Beautiful began from being referred from another blogger to start writing for the magazine.

TCB: For readers that may be new to your blog, how would you categorize or describe the content?

GI: Goddess intellect is my personal journey and thoughts on relationships. The blog is geared towards women but men read the blog as well which I think is great. In fact, I have had males write to me asking if I could write about a particular topic. In general I think what my readers appreciate and respect is that on most topics, with a few exceptions, I can see and understand things from both perspectives. I think they also enjoy the casual style of the blog.  

 TCB: In addition to the blog, Goddess Intellect also offers a variety of workshops. What inspires or propels you to develop workshops? 

GI: Everything I create I have to feel a personal connection to the initiative. Many of the relationship workshops, for example, were derived from things that I have learnt personally and knew would be helpful to others when shared. The Bedroom Eye social which was a past event hosted by Cocoa Bloom Cosmetics and myself, is an example of an initiative that was presented to me and I was happy to be involved in. From past recollections of being misinformed about makeup as a woman of color, I felt connected to Cocoa Bloom Cosmetics being that it is a line designed for all women, but specifically for women of color. Hosting that event was great, as it had a girl’s night out type of feel to it.

Another source of inspiration for my workshops also arises from emails I receive from readers. I receive emails in response to articles I have written on the blog and magazines. Since there is only so much that can be written in an email, I found myself identifying the common themes that I could deliver in a workshop.  I always try to make sure the content of the workshop is relevant to what readers want to know and what would be helpful to them. I think sometimes it may be easier for people to seek advice from an objective perspective. It’s not a matter of them not being able to talk to the circle of friends and family who love and care for them, but rather getting an outside perspective is sometimes easier.   

TCB: Another Goddess Intellect initiative that has been a great success in Toronto and within the United States is the Battle of the Sexes events. I noticed there will be a battle of the sexes tour in the upcoming future. Can you tell us a little bit about this tour, such as which cities it will be taking place in, and a little bit about the decision to expand the initiative abroad?

GI: Battle of the Sexes started from a radio show Ménage a Talk. The premise was three people, each with their own unique personality and perspective, would talk about various topics, such as body image, business and entertainment. When we ventured into doing a live show, we opted to do it in New York, since the majority of the audience and co-host at the time were based in New York.  The first show was called Ménage a Talks live: Battle of the Sexes. That show was a success, and I was later asked about doing a live version in Toronto. In 2012, I did two Battle of the Sexes shows in Toronto shows.

As I started networking, and considering that I have a large US following due to writing for Hello Beautiful which is based in the states, I thought it would be a great opportunity to take Battle of the Sexes abroad. The cities where the live show will take place include Oakland, Atlanta, Washington DC, New York, Los Angeles and Toronto. 

In order to take the show abroad, I have launched a crowd funding campaign. This is when you elicit donations from the public, whereby contributions can be made from an individual or on behalf of a business. I am trying to raise 10, 000 in 45 days. It is a bit nerve wrecking to know whether I will get it, but I didn’t want to put this dream on hold or loose creative control from getting a huge sponsor. People can donate a low as dollar. I also do my best to support entrepreneurs and small business at the show, by encouraging them to be vendors at the Battle of the Sexes pop up shop.  

TCB: Can you tell us what is your desire or goal for readers to take away from reading your blog or attending a Goddess Intellect event?

GI:The goal of Goddess Intellect is to promote better and improved relationship among men and women. I want readers to be more curious and open about their own life and connecting with the opposite sex. 

For More Information on Goddess Intellect check the links below:

Battle of the Sexes Indiegogo campaign:

Tour launch & blindfold speed dating Event link:

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