10 with a 10:
I ask Q's of a 10, snap a Polaroid and share it with ya'll.
This week, let's give it up for Jennifer Choy! Toronto-based wardrobe stylist and fashion/beauty writer, is doing what I love most right now - TRAVELING. This time to Southeast Asia, but really, this girl's always on the go.
1. What do you do and what does it give to people?
I’m a freelance fashion stylist and writer. Honestly, I don’t think I give people anything substantial. HAHA! I’m not saving lives here, right?
I give people something beautiful to gaze at when it comes to my creative styling. I don’t do a lot of personal styling but I will on occasion and I love seeing people instantly gain this enormous boost of confidence when they see how great they look in something I’ve put together.
When it comes to my writing, I focus mainly on fashion and beauty because lets be honest, that’s really all I know. I love sharing fashion advice/tips and injecting a bit of my characteristic dry humor into it. I think the fact that I do what I do is a little bit out of the ordinary so when people tell me I inspire them (which is NOT often), that gives me a sense of satisfaction.
2. What's a piece of advice you consistently find yourself giving out but find hard to take yourself?
Don’t be so hard on yourself. Hands down.
I’ll throw that advice around left, right and centre but the minute I fail at something, I feel like someone should just let me rot. Dramatic, right?
And on that note, I will say that when I do give out that advice, I really mean it. I’m not just saying it to get you off my back. I just can’t apply it to my own existence.
3. How do you rely on others to make you better?
Even though I’m probably super jealous of people who have seemingly perfect lives, I use those same people to inspire me to work harder. I love meeting people who are better than me. The people who kick my ass in all aspects of life are the ones I want to be around because it makes me feel like a total loser and THAT, my friend, is what makes me want to get my shit together.
4. Someone gives you 50 mill. What's the FIRST way your life changes?
First, I would give a good chunk to my parents because I’ve terrorized them for so many years and they deserve it.
I would use the rest of the money to travel. I know that’s a bit of a cliché thing to do if you won a million dollars, but there is literally no better way to spend your money. Seeing the world is an incredible experience and I would hate to croak one day having only seen Boston, Massachusetts.
I’ve always had this ridiculous dream of opening an animal sanctuary, too. Maybe I’d throw that one in there.
5. What has compelled you forward more than anything else?
I think it’s a mix of ambition, success and money. I want money but I'm not motivated by the prospect of using hundred dollar bills to wipe my ass. I want to live comfortably and be able to support my parents one day.
I love creating things and I’ve seen a huge improvement in my work since I started several years ago. I think seeing myself get substantially better at my craft is motivation. You know when you start going to the gym again and you don’t see any results for two weeks and then all of a sudden, you’re like, "WOW! My arms are noticeably more toned and my stomach looks flatter." Seeing those results motivates you to continue. That’s how I feel about my work. Maybe that’s a dumb comparison but it’s true!
6. Do you like when people ask you,
"Where do you want to be in 5 years?"
Not really because I have no idea. I know I don’t want to be in the same place I am now because that means I’ve experienced zero growth.
I don’t have this clear, concise path I’ve outlined for myself. I love fashion so hopefully I’ll still be working in it to some degree but I don’t rule out any massive life changes.
I feel like opportunities always pop up that aren’t part of your original plan and somehow you end up doing something you never gave any thought to. I like that idea of just going where the wind takes you. I don’t like thinking about the distant future because you never know what’s around the corner. What if I run into some hot, Balinese man tomorrow and he tells me he wants me to move to Bali and run a yoga retreat with him? I’d be totally down!
STOP ASKING ME THAT QUESTION!
7. If someone was handed a script of your inner dialogue this week, what would it say?
I need a nap.
Holy shit, what am I doing with my life?
Hmmm, I want fried chicken for dinner.
I need to conquer the world today.
Wow, I love this new blush!
Awww, I love my friends.
My cat is SO cute I can’t even handle myself right now!
What can I do to change the world?
WHO KILLED THERESA HALBACH ON MAKING A MURDERER?
8. Are you spontaneous?
This is an interesting question because I’ve been known to do stupidly spontaneous things but never to the extent that I’m risking something major in my life. I’m spontaneous but not at the same time. I don’t even know how to answer this question.
I would say that I’m more spontaneous than my sister though…
9. Are you failing differently each time?
Yes! My take on it is if you fail at the same thing continuously, you’re not learning and you’re not getting better, AKA, you’re a goof.
It’s okay to fail and I would know. I’ve made so many mistakes over the years but I’ll be damned if I let the same mistake happen twice.
10. Paul Newman or Robert Redford?
Paul Newman! He’s a babe!