10 with a 10 is a weekly interview series featuring strong women who run their gigs like a boss.
I've posed 10 questions, stopped laughing and crying long enough to snap a Polaroid and will be putting their interviews up every Monday to promote their hustle with a wide community that should know about them.
1. What do you do and what does it give to people?
I’m a Holistic Nutritionist and also work for Greenhouse Juice Co. I give people my passion for health and balance so they can achieve the goals they've set out to achieve. I work to be a positive light in someone’s day and if I can bring just an ounce of health knowledge into their lifestyle, I’m a happy lady.
2. What’s a piece of advice you consistently find yourself giving out but find hard to take yourself?
You have the ability to change your situation. That if something isn’t feeding you positively, then get rid of it.
In the last decade of my life I have moved to four different major cities, lived overseas and taken on some adventurous feats, so that kind of change isn’t foreign to me. Yet, there is something so different about change in your mind, heart, relationships, communication, and perspective. That kind of change is incredibly hard and is easier said than done.
3. How do you rely on others to make you better?
"As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another." Prov. 27:17
I rely on people to inspire, empower and encourage me, as well as give me an outlet to spill over the love that God has given me.
I seek out mentors who are further down than road than I am in things I want to accomplish to see how they got there.
On the lighter side, I rely on my relationships to remind me not to take life so seriously. There’s times you just need to forget about life, eat a steak sandwich, drink a bud in the park and have a laugh.
4. Someone gives you 50 mill. What’s the FIRST way your life changes?
I’d motor it to the bank, then to my parent’s house to pay off my debt (Bank of Dad closed for life!). Then I immediately high tail it to the airport to travel the world.
5. What has compelled you forward more than anything else?
To challenge myself to be continuously ambitious in my career, my relationships, and God. Ambition for me encompasses the desire to see myself and the people around me grow and develop into who we were created to be.
I want to look back at this time in my life and know that I tried all I could. Even if something didn’t work out, I want to be proud of myself for trying.
6. Do you like when people ask you, “Where do you want to be in 5 years?”
Ya I do, even though instinctively I want to hate it because it’s so stereotypical, but it helps me think long term. I’m always curious about other people’s responses as well. We’re all working towards a bigger picture and it’s intriguing to know what makes other people tick.
7. If someone was handed a script of your inner dialogue this week, what would it say?
I could easily lie on this one, in all honesty it's a big heaping pile of questioning myself, talking to God, and pep talking myself out of the self doubt hole. There’s that natural tendency to be self deprecating and it’s the constant prayer that helps me to be battle those thoughts.
And, of course, throw in some, “What the hell was that person thinking when they got dressed this morning?” for good measure, haha. I like to people watch and wonder what other people are thinking or doing with their day. Don’t do that too much in Toronto though, you may lose hope for humanity, haha, JK.
8. Are you spontaneous?
I am, but I wish I was more. Within the structure of my work week I feel like it’s zapped. Last year I went on a road trip with three friends from Vancouver to LA and there was zero agenda, we just came and left as we pleased camping along the coast. It was one of the best trips of my life and we met some of the most memorable people because of it. Being spontaneous is incredibly freeing.
9. Are you failing differently each time?
It varies, but each time can all be dwindled down to the tripping over the same core issue. I never look at things as a fail, they’re opportunities to grow and develop from, but through my past, I can see how one root issue can really leak into so many situations even in the slightest. There's the classic notion that we all learn from our mistakes, clearly I'm still learning! I wouldn't ever let it get in the way of trying out the next opportunity that comes my way.
10. Paul Newman or Robert Redford?
Paul Newman, the babe.