What is it that empowers you most?
The faith in myself that I’ve developed over the years. I’m brave and I take risks that don’t always work out, but I’ve learned over time that no matter what happens I will always land on my feet. Even though I have had struggles, I believe that I can get through them and be more than okay again.
What is it that you love most about yourself?
Exploring new ways of showing up in the world is a passion of mine. I am constantly changing, evolving, and growing and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
What makes you feel most beautiful?
I’ve felt most beautiful right when I’m finishing a hot yoga class or crossing a 10k finish line, thinking “look at what my body and my soul just accomplished!”
Who is your biggest role model and why?
I’m inspired by women who take time for themselves, believe they are important and think that self-care is a right, not a luxury. My students in the Compose Yoga community are my role models - many are just beginning their yoga journey. They show up week after week to local classes or practice with me online and they are dedicated to giving themselves time to discover who they are, on and off the yoga mat.
Who are your favourite cultural heroines and why?
Jane Jacobs, an American-Canadian activist who devoted her life to studies in sociology and urban planning. She was a proponent of active community life and was influential in the field of urban design despite never achieving any higher-level education. She raised the ire of powerful men in her era and despite them trying to reduce her to being “just a housewife” she persisted. Jane advocated for equal pay for women and insisted that cities should be designed not for cars, but for people.
If you could pick one fictional female character to be for a day who would it be and why?
Matilda - from the book or the musical. “Even if you’re little, you can do a lot.”
What is your biggest life goal?
To be present in every moment and to be the best version of myself that I can be.
What is your biggest accomplishment?
When I became unexpectedly divorced in my mid-twenties, I realized that I have the power to choose how I react to events that unfold. I am so grateful that I decided to choose mindfulness over continuing to live my life on autopilot.
What is your favourite quote?
“Always be a first-rate version of yourself instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.” –Judy Garland
If you could tell your 12-year-old self one thing what would it be?
You are enough, and there are more important things than being well-liked.
Feminism means: that there is no ceiling on what we can achieve. I believe that as women we are powerful because of our gender.
Chantelle is a Yoga Entrepreneur in Rural Manitoba, Canada