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Personal Development: A New Focus

Post from Friday, May 8, 2020

Friends and Artists,

On our search for a new normal, we have found ourselves in a time ripe for self-reflection. As we experience new waves of uncertainty it can really help to take a step back, take a deep breath, and turn all focus inwards. Self-care and personal development are the keys to investing in yourself so that you can thrive regardless of what life may bring your way.

Rather than just waiting for good things to happen, we can challenge ourselves to step up and make it happen. We have a unique opportunity to further explore ourselves, our values, and what motivates us. Learning to appreciate and accept our philosophies and aspirations brings a greater self-awareness. This improves our focus, bringing clarity to our own strengths and decision-making. This is healthy for our interpersonal skills, too! Personal growth allows us to create more fulfilling relationships by helping us embrace empathy, listen carefully, and build trust.

Finally, perhaps the most relevant benefit to personal development is having greater resilience. Life is full of tough times, and while practicing self-development can’t prevent all bad things from happening, it does help us deal as they come. It boosts our confidence and our ability to stay calm and in control when crisis strikes. We may not always cross the finish line exactly how we envisioned, but we do experience a richer and more rewarding life when we practice looking inward.

In the coming weeks, we will continue to be a source of hope, inspiration, and moral support. For more information about our mission, visit our website, or contact us at And remember: you got this!


The SWCA Team

And now for this week’s top picks…

ARTS | Art Sale at the Boulevard

Art on the Boulevard has nearly 70 works of art on sale now! Simply select “Upcoming Events” on the lefthand menu, then click “Visit the Exhibition” in the upper righthand corner to view.

View Available Artworks

MUSIC | Encore Podcast Series

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra looks back on past performances through special interviews and never-before-released recordings. Dive in for a unique perspective into the minds of the artists behind the music.

Listen to the Podcast

THEATRE | A Collaborative Production of The Importance of Being Earnest

On May 5th, the Magenta Theater launched its one-of-a-kind production of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest.” This video features a compilation of clips filmed at home by the entire Magenta team!

Enjoy the Show!

DANCE | New Online Dance Program

Visit Groove Nation’s website for a special 20-minute Private Intro Lesson + 2 weeks of Live Interactive Online classes FOR FREE. Limited to the first 30 registrants – Act fast!

Online Registration Form

LITERARY ARTS | Open Mic Poetry Night

Ghost Town Poetry invites you to a Zoom edition of Open Mic featuring Linda Strever, winner of the Lois Cranston Memorial Poetry Prize. Tune in at 7 pm on Thursday, May 14th to experience live poetry from home.

Event Details & RSVP

HEALTH & WELLNESS | Free At-Home Workouts

Looking for a solid, no-frills, gimmick-free workout? Fitness Blender is offering access to over 600 free workouts, including a lower-body set done with resistance bands and a no-equipment-required, high-intensity interval training cardio workout.

Find Your Next Online Workout

LOCAL BUSINESS | Popcorn, Get Your Hot Buttered Popcorn!

Kiggins Theater’s special to-go concessions bar is open Wednesdays and Fridays from 5 pm – 7 pm, and Saturdays from 11 am – 1 pm with popcorn available in “Hunker-Down” sized bags… approximately the size of six large popcorns!

Enjoy Snacks & Movies at Home

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