Tonight we have our “Office Party” for Company of Women – let the season begin…

As we inch our way towards Christmas, I seem to be in party mode, with lunches here, dinners there. And inch may be the appropriate word, as I can feel the inches being packed on as I eat my way through the holiday season.

But that aside, what I am enjoying is spending time with friends, some of whom I haven’t seen for some time. It has been wonderful to catch up, share a few laughs.. and a few drinks as we get ourselves into the festive mood.

Relationships are all important to me. It is my relationships that feed me, but like a garden, they need to be watered from time to time if they are to survive.

Several friends have lost a loved one this year, making this Christmas especially hard, and my thoughts and virtual hugs are with them, as I am not nearby to do so personally. The firsts are really hard – the first birthday, the first Christmas, the first anniversary.

So as we gather to celebrate the season, let’s remember those for whom this is not the wonderful time we have come to enjoy … and yes, expect.

Let’s take a moment to reflect on what it must be like for the refugees who have made Canada their home but are far away from their war torn country where they still have family; the homeless who are outside in this bitter cold weather, and those who can’t give their children the Christmas they would like because they just can’t afford it.

Donate. Drop a few dollars into the Salvation Army kettle as you pass by at the mall. Giving Be generous.

Anne Day

Anne Day

Company of Women

I have had an eclectic career from running non-profit organizations and being editor of a national magazine, to working for government on women’s issues. In 2003 I launched Company of Women, an organization that supports women in business. A prolific blogger, I also write for the Huffington Post, and several other online publications. I am the author of five books on women and entrepreneurship, and co-author of Good Enough. Embrace who you are. Unleash your brilliance. which is available on In June, 2016 I launched Full Circle Publishing offering one-stop services to get your words out into the world.