Sunday, September 27, 2015


Hi Karla,

Lovely to meet with you again today. I just wanted to thank you for an enjoyable and positive networking session.

When I first joined CBWomen you said its not the quantity of the members but the quality and its the truth!!

I am a newcomer but have already met some truly inspiring women.

Thanks for providing this wonderful opportunity

Best wishes,

Saturday, September 26, 2015


Hi Karla,

It was really nice for me to meet you and CBW. You are making a great job promoting this network. 

Sometimes it's hard to restart your life in a new place where you are alone, so I hope to go deeper with you and the ladies to build friendship relations not only by attending CBW events.

On the other hand, please let me know if can I give a hand to you or CBW women with something - maybe with the Spanish or something else.

 Mar Zarco

Friday, September 25, 2015


In fact, I got so involved with the networking session today that I nearly forgot to do the raffle and I did absolutely forget to take the group photo!!

There was so much to talk about after our summer break that was interesting and involving!!

We had a new gal from Denia who is opening her dream baking / coffee shop. There was another new gal who is opening her dream dance studio in the Port of Javea.

We even had a local celebrity looking to keep boredom from her door and investigating around for new ideas to stave off retirement.

Of course there were some regular gals all working on their dreams and inspirations. The connections were electric today. We ran overtime too!!

All in all it was so fabulous, I let down my responsibilities - I wasn't even bossy with banging my spoon and coffee cup!!! Regulars will get that inside joke!!

Report by Karla D.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015


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At the Venus Celebrations this year, I launched the season by gifting the women in attendance with photo shoots. This is my first subject - Alexandra Gold. Shot in the Port of Javea, and on a windy but bright day, I had to stop down my shutter lens and position my model into a mid day sun.

I did get some interesting results... but I want to shoot her again on not so windy a day :)

Why are photo shoots important?

People finding you online instantly make up their minds about you based on your profile and especially the photo you use.

It is vital that you get it right and make a great first impression.

Where to show your face?

Here are ten places where you can include your headshot:

1. Social-networking sites like LinkedIn , Facebook, Ziggs, Ziki, Naymz

The above sites, plus all the other Web 2.0 sites you use for building visibility and connecting with others. It’s a core element of your standard profile.

2. Your e-mail signature

This is a great place to make your e-mails more personal. Of course, with your corporate e-mail, you need to comply with company guidelines.  

3. Your blog

If you have a b log or traditional Web site, you should post your photo (preferably on the homepage). And if you are an author, public speaker or an expert source for the press, include an area where event planners, clients and reporters can download a variety of photos of you in different sizes.

4. Flickr and other photo-archiving sites

This is a valuable resource for sharing images and a great place for you to store all of your professional photos including your headshot and the photos that you have from real-world networking meetings or that were taken when you were delivering a presentation.

5. Web-bookmarking sites like Digg and StumbleUpon

These tools help you store, archive and rate your favorite content on the web and allow you to upload a profile. As with social -networking sites, they provide an opportunity for you to include your photo.

6. Your comments on other Web sites and blogs .

Blog-commenting software like Disqus (pronounced discuss) allows you to upload a profile and photo . Your profile is automatically included when you post comments on Disqus-enabled b logs.

7. YouTube

Include your photo on your YouTube profile and other video-sharing sites you use.

8. ZoomInfo

This is an aggregator that takes content from all over the Web and creates a Web site for you. If you haven’t claimed your profile, go to, claim your profile, clean it up (it likely contains content that is not related to you) and post your headshot. 20 percent of Fortune 100 companies research candidates on ZoomInfo.

9. Skype

It’s great for people to connect a face with a voice. Upload your photo on Skype – especially if you don’t have a webcam to make video calls.

10. Twitter

Include your photo on your Twitter profile. You can also customize you Twitter page with any images and backgrounds you choose.

Friday, September 11, 2015


The Venus Celebrations - the only evening networking event of the season launched with a feast of some home cooking at Bar Mediterraneo in Teulada.

The beautiful Venus women in attendance were deep into sharing during the entire meal.

Our special musical guest - singer extraordinaire - Gill Henry - arrived and had a chat with us before setting up her equipment and microphone in the Salon.

We moved into the Salon and the networking continued. Once Gill was set up - she started to serenade us with positive and powerful upbeat songs that we all knew and could sing along with. It really got our creative juices flowing. The lust for life and fun was upon us!!

It wasn't long before Gill took the tempo over to the dance zone and we were up and shaking off our dinner!!

After a dancing session, Gill entertained us with songs from famous stage musical to the opera.

It was a networking event like no other!!

Thank you to all who attended and I look forward to working with all of you soon. Let's stay connected and make our dreams come true!!

Enjoy the video below...

xxKarla Darocas

Sunday, September 6, 2015


I was having coffee with a lovely new associate at the Javea Golf Course and while enjoying the big fishes and the variety of turtles that inhabit the pond behind the coffee shop, my companion and I started to ponder about the nature of giving and receiving.

The best theories speculate that all women are givers by nature; however I have met many who are only takers too.

I am not really sure how these dynamics come into play in a woman’s life other than perhaps a person who is raised to be giver – ends up one and a spoiled woman as a child just gets accustomed to being always a taker. This is only a theory but perhaps giving and taking are nurtured responses from our family environment or perhaps they are inherent in our nature – or perhaps a woman can learn to be a giver, while others can learn to accept and receive gracefully?

In any case, in building great relationships that will lead to better resources, contacts and personal growth, I believe you have to be both!!

A great relationship is mutually beneficial. In business and social life this means connecting with people who can be mentors, who can share information, who can help create other connections; in short, that means going into a relationship wanting "something".

The person who builds great relationships starts by thinking, "How and what can I give to this other person to help them choose me as a friend?" The wrong way to start a relationship is with, "What can I get out of this relationship?"

She sees "giving" as the best way to establish a real relationship and a lasting connection. She approaches building relationships as if it's all about the other person and not about her, and in the process builds relationships with people who follow the same approach.

In conclusion – with the act of giving comes a reciprocal response and something will be given back to you – if the person you are engaging is on the same page as you – and then you can receive their gifts with grace and appreciation.

Remember the old phrase – “What goes around comes around”? I guess that proverb can apply here very well.