Ashley is a student and stay at home mom of two boys in Walnut Creek, California. She is working towards her doctorate in psychology to help women who struggle with postpartum depression. In the minimal spare time that she has Ashley writes for and curates content for her blog A Vodka Kind of Mom.
Chantelle Andercastle is a yoga entrepreneur in Rural Manitoba. She works to adapt to new situations and loves the challenge. Through her Compose Yoga community she works to help women find self-care success through yoga, meditation and goal-setting.
Jaclyn Leskiw is a wedding and boudoir photographer in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Who took a chance on herself and her business to create Jaclyn Leskiw Photography so she could follow her passion and her dreams.
Jennifer David is an empowerment mentor, intuitive holistic healer, life coach and entrepreneur in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. David has created an digital space for empowerment, motivation and evolution through jenniferdavid.ca.
Natasha Helwig is a Certified Life Coach in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Broken Heals in 2011 out of a deep desire to provide much needed support to women who have experienced heartache, dating abuse, toxic relationships and trauma. In 2016 she published the book Random Notes from a Broken Girl.
What is it that empowers you most? I love challenges! What is even better is when you succeed against all odds. And this feeling is what empowers me because throughout the journey I would have pushed my own limits and learned more things about my personality and what I’m capable of.
What is it that empowers you most? The fact that I can make a difference in the life of another, that someone's life can be better because I am here is powerful! I have the power to change my world and the world at large! By being generous and audacious!
What is it that empowers you most? Knowing that it’s normal to feel fearful even, or maybe especially when I am being brave. When I can hold space for uncertainty and discomfort without seeing those as a signal to stay small and silent, I am empowered to use my voice.
What is it that empowers you most? Surrounding myself with like-minded women. I love sitting and talking with other women who are chasing their goals and dreams. I love to feed off their energy and allow it to fuel my next step, whether it’s for my own personal growth or growth of my business.
What is it that empowers you most? The easy answer is inspiration. But inspiration isn't necessarily easy for me to find. To me, creativity is one of my greatest tools - or weapons. And inspiration unlocks my creativity. If I can't access my creativity, I actually feel weaker and can even feel depressed.
What is it that empowers you most? Working (and living) in an environment of full trust. I am very fortunate that I get to be part of building a business with my husband and a team of people who share our values and passion for what we do.
What is it that empowers you most? I am wildly empowered every year when I am working in Kenya on our Distribution Trips. Knowing that the hard work throughout the year is benefiting so many and that great change is being made in our programs.
What is it that empowers you the most? There are a few things that I find empowering, but what empowers me the most is being able to take care of myself and make my dreams come true. I am proud to be an independent woman, and know that I am able to do everything for myself.
What is it that empowers you most? I feel empowered when I am working in a team that relies on my expertise to accomplish or create a plan. I love feeling that I am the "expert in my field" in the room. As a Registered Dietitian I love collaborating ideas with the health team to create a plan to help our patient.
What is it that empowers you most? Knowledge, dreams, and imagination. I think the more equipped we become with knowing ourselves, each other, and facts about the universe, the better off we'll be in leaving a positive impact on those around us. A whimsical spirit too, I find empowering because it allows me to see beauty, stories, and magic in everything around me.
What is it that empowers you most? I’m empowered by other people who are pushing the envelope, challenging the status quo, and achieving great things. You know you’ve met one of these people when you can literally feel their energy. Whether it’s a simple conversation or collaborating on a project together, I feel most alive when I spend time with people like this.
There are just as many visible social inequalities as there are invisible social inequalities. Many racialized groups are left out of the mainstream fitness industry making facilities inaccessible to all groups.
If you’re a woman you’ve likely been told at least once in your life, “that’s not very ladylike” or “you should act more like a lady”. Be it because you’ve been caught swigging straight from the wine bottle, your sailor’s mouth has run rampant, you didn’t smile politely enough, wore a skirt a little too short or you just simply chose not to conform to the dainty stereotypes of women that society projects on all of us.
This case has been popping up everywhere and I've felt so many different emotions reading everything thus far and I needed to vent. I hadn't clicked on anything when I first started seeing it because things like this give me such a heavy heart but it needs to be read, and it needs to be talked about.
I'm bringing back #FierceFemales in a different capacity and I wanted to bring it back with one of the fiercest females in the public eye today. On Monday, June 1st, 2015 Caitlyn Jenner, formerly Bruce Jenner, graced the cover of Vanity Fair Magazine with nothing but poise and grace.
I don't want flowers, I don't need flowers, but I deserve those flowers. I have always had an incredible example of love to look up to my entire life. My parents still act like they fell in love yesterday.
Being a hard worker is in my blood. I constantly surprise people with my work ethic, mostly because I think some older generations assume that all millennials are selfish, lazy and entitled. Truth is, we ARE selfish but not in the way you may think.
Apologies as I have not posted in a while, life has been crazy and I have moved to this fancy new website! I don't usually do personal posts but I felt the urge to share recently. I feel like talking about the quality of life and how each individual has the choice of making the most out of life.
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The talented Rupi Kaur does it again. Indian-Canadian poet and artist Rupi Kaur has a beautiful way of breaking up her books that flows effortlessly and it's truly amazing how each poem speaks right to your damn soul.
Desperation leads Hal to temptation when she receives an invitation to the funeral and will reading of Mrs. Westaway. She goes with intentions of lying her way into a fortune and ends up finding family and murder after her mother's death.
The highly acclaimed, provocative New York Times bestseller—a personal, eloquently-argued essay, adapted from the much-admired TEDx talk of the same name—from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, award-winning author of Americanah.
A smart, pointed, and ultimately inspirational read from one of our most beloved funny folk. In a perfect world... We’d get to hang out with Amy Poehler, watching dumb movies, listening to music, and swapping tales about our coworkers and difficult childhoods.
Over the last year I've tried add books to my shelves that will better educate me on social issues. I found knowledge in self-help books, poetry books, essay books and most surprisingly a teen novel. Below are just five of those books that I think everyone should have on their shelves.
I would like to start off by saying I read this book over about 8 hours. An "easy read" doesn't seem like the proper term but I guess it is also classified as a young adult novel and I'd like to think my reading skill is above that...
Okay, so, first of all this book is one of the most quotable books I have ever read. I loved every second of it. The layers that Jodi Picoult has created with this book are flawless. You get the POV for four characters plus a short story written by one of the characters sprinkled on top. I am going to say that like The Pact this book took me to a dark place.
Usually I go to the book store with a purpose, I know what I want to get and I get it. In the past year or so I have allowed myself to browse more and I have come across a couple gems by accident. "The Painted Girls" by Cathy Marie Buchanan is definitely one of them. I am only about half way through but I needed to write about it. Now I'm not saying you need to be a ballet dancer to understand this book but at times it certainly helps. Even I had trouble visualizing the dance combinations and steps written on the pages before me. However, understanding these steps are not imperative to understanding the story.
It has been such a long time since I have been this into a book. Maybe because I feel so passionate about the topic of Racism and how I hate it so much. If it made a difference to me what colour people's skin was I wouldn't have made friends with so many beautiful people or learned about so many amazing cultures or places.
For those of you who loved the fun loving characters of the Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants books by Ann Brashares you will enjoy Sisterhood Everlasting. The characters have aged 10 years and a lot has changed. Life goes on and people grow apart due to the challenges and changes of life. This book was incredible. The the girls of the sisterhood began to separate in the fourth book as the girls struggled to stay in touch with each other through busy lives and long distances.
From Queensland, Australia is indie pop singer-songwriter Amy Shark. Previously Shark released her debut EP Night Thinker with hit single "Adore". She recently released her first full-length album Love Monster featuring lead single "I Said Hi".
New, new but not new. Beyoncé and Jay Z have joined forces for their new album EVERYTHING IS LOVE. The album addresses racism in America, their relationship woes and GRAMMY snubs. This is the album the world has been waiting for since the initial OTR tour.
Cardi B. You've heard of her, she needs no introduction! During the 2017 MTV VMA's she made a statement about Colin Kaepernick before intro-ing a musical guest Leaving an impression on so many. Following her on social media you gain access into her life and learn about what made her who she is.
A stunning and effortless sounding voice in Phoebe Bridgers. This indie-pop powerhouse grew up in Pasadena, California and attended a prestigious Los Angeles County High School for the Arts to study music.
Shorter list this year but we’ve got the goods don't worry. Taylor Swift claps back at Kim Kardashian with her latest album Reputation, HAIM has us dancing all day with their new album Something to Tell You and Ed Sheeran is at it AGAIN with his pop hits.
I feel like I post about this guy every day of my life. Hahaha today I won't say much, if you're interested you can read more about him here, here and here. Sneaky bugger dropped Unmake last Friday, the one below is my favourite "Race To The Bottom".
These beauties just announced their tour beginning in October with their new album Signs of Light out on September 9! We may not be getting much new material when they're here in July for Folk Fest but maybe they will sample us some of their new songs... Hinting.
I had the pleasure of meeting A Tribe Called Red when working at Native Communications Inc. and Rhythm FM. I was fortunate enough to congratulate them on their JUNO win in 2014 for Breakthrough Group of the Year.
I'm just going to leave this here... Mumford & Sons teamed up with Senegalese singer and guitarist, Baaba Maal, born in Podor. He is well known in Africa and is one of Senegal's most famous musicians. He is also well known internationally.
Lissie was introduced to me by yet another cousin of mine, I was gifted her second studio album for my 24th birthday. Elisabeth Corrin Maurus, better known by her stage name Lissie, is a singer-songwriter from Rock Island, Illinois.
I think it was about 3 or 4 years ago now that my cousin Ryan (I have like 3 cosins that I use as sources for new music) told me about the Lumineers. I listened to "Ho Hey" and that was it, I was hooked.
Here are some of my favourite songs of 2015! I know I'm late but I wanted to wait until the bitter end in case the Biebs decided to drop another banger... He didn't. These songs aren't "the best" and I don't really care if you like them but here are 50 songs that I played on repeat in 2015!
I thought I had done a full post on them before, but apparently I just mentioned them in a year end round up, Music of 2014. They deserve more than a mention and anyway my favourite song has changed since then.
The love of music for Winnipeg roots band, The Bros. Landreth, began when brothers Joey and Dave Landreth attended their father's gigs as children. They recently released their first album with band members Ariel Posen and Ryan Voth.
I fell in love with Of Monsters And Men back in 2012 when I was checking out bands that were performing at Sasquatch! Festival that year. The song and video for "Little Talks", off of their first studio album My Head is an Animal, was so different and captivating that I needed to know more!
Hey Rosetta! is a seven member indie folk band from St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. The band members include Tim Baker, Josh Ward, Adam Hogan, Phil Maloney, Kinley Dowling, Romesh Thavanathan and Mara Pellerin.
This year I decided to do a top 50 of my favourite songs, and yes there are top 50 songs in here so judge me all you want! Now, this is not a "Best of 2014" list it's just a list of songs I enjoyed in 2014 hopefully you find something you like.
THIS GUY! Okay, so I think Dan Mangan wins for most blogged about musician on my blog for sure. I have seen him three times already and just bought tickets to see him under the new moniker, Dan Mangan + Blacksmith.
Sword and Scale is an internet radio show and website covering the dark underworld of crime and the criminal justice system’s response to it. The show and website were launched January 1st, 2014 and feature stories of murder, abduction, rape and even more bizarre forms of crime.
Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams are funny. They're black. They're BFFs. And they host a live comedy show in Brooklyn. Join the 2 Dope Queens, along with their favourite comedians, for stories about sex, romance, race, hair journeys, living in New York, and Billy Joel.