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If you love heart-centered entrepreneurs who are passionate about community building and giving back, you have to check out this week's #wingwoman, Alice Lam! Alice is the creator of Volly, a website dedicated to help volunteers connect with non-profits in need. She also runs a store, Tigerstedt Flea Pop-Up Market, in Crescent Heights, and she has been a driving force for good and unity in our city of Calgary. In our interview, Alice shares how she loves seeing people find their own community, how she believes that building successful friendships take time and should not be rushed, and how the customers and female entrepreneurs at her store are her heroes. Continue reading to learn all about Alice!

1. What makes you happy?


Helping people find their passion project. Seeing people find their community.


2. What advice would you give your younger self?


Don't worry so much about what other people think of you! Don't try to conform, just be you!

3. If you could magically solve one problem in the world, what would that be?


Affordable Housing. Everyone deserves to have a roof over their heads while not paying 100% of their income.


4. How did you find your purpose?


Through trial and error! I just realized I had unlimited energy when it came to community building initiatives.


5. What is your biggest pain point in building relationships?


Well during covid it is the ability to build in person relationships! But in general, I would say giving adequate time. We live in such a rushed society. We don't often give space to forming relationships organically.


6. What have you learned from past friendships that didn't work out?


That it's ok and relationships come and go. Just because it isn't working out now, doesn't mean it won't in 10-20 years. You never know what can happen. I have seen this through my dad's relationships. As annoyed as he may be with some people, he never fully walks away from the friendship. Some people always come back around. Give people the time to grow and find themselves.


7. Who are your SHEros (AKA female heroes)?


Honestly the customers of our store. They boldly call out inequity and also make conscious effort to change bias and racism. The female entrepreneurs I have met that have done so much to stick up for one another is so inspiring. I also love all the young entrepreneurs I have met that are looking at business models with a social element. I respect that so much!


8. What podcasts/books are you listening/reading right now?


I am so bad for reading/ podcast listening but if I have time, I choose Heather Macmahan, she is hilarious, or the China History Podcast (I am obsessed with history and it helps me with my Chinatown tours), or "how I built this" - a great story for people who want to take the leap and need some inspiration to start that dream project. They talk candidly about failures which I appreciate. There really is no such thing as an overnight success.


9. Where can we find you?


For my day job Certusdevelopments.com / for volunteering @vollyapp / for our shop @tigerstedtflea

Wine, not - we've got another #wingwoman of the week, meet Nicole MacKay! Nicole is a wine writer, consultant, and a marketing specialist. She's a Spanish Wine Scholar and holds a Level 3 Certification from the Wine & Spirit Educational Trust. When she's not busy sipping and writing about wine, she is spending time with her 5-year-old twins. In our interview, Nicole shares how being present plays a big role in her day to day happiness, how she believes nurturing our family relationships is just as important as nurturing our friendships, and how it's important to appreciate the journey of becoming, as that's where all of our growth happens. Continue reading to learn all about Nicole!


1. What makes you happy?


Progress and my children. I realized a long time ago that I seek encouragement - simple things like a pat on the back or an ‘atto-girl’. But being a self-employed freelance writer, those moments are rare. So, I’ve taken to looking at a reply to an email as positivity. Or an approved pitch from a publication, which is huge! Without appreciating those moments, I would dwell on what else I could be doing to keep the wheel turning. And if I’m dwelling, then I’m not entirely present when it’s time to focus on my children. Being engaged with my children and knowing that I’m putting my focus into being a mom when it’s most important, and not thinking about work or ‘what-ifs’ is when I’m most happy and at peace.


2. What advice would you give your younger self?


To appreciate the journey. The end goal is instilled in us from a very early age when we get asked ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?’. It’s assuming that when you’ve reached a goal, you’ll be happy. But the journey to becoming whatever it is you want to be, is where we learn and grow and become who we are.

3. If you could magically solve one problem in the world, what would that be?


The relationship between government and our food industries. I’m no expert, but it seems pretty blatant that politicians are making money from the meat, dairy and fishing industries so that unethical and inhumane practices can continue. If that money was used for good, world hunger and water scarcity would not exist.


4. How did you find your purpose?


I’m still finding it! My goal was to always be a stay-at-home mom (which I am, to 5-year-old twins). But I’ve discovered that I need something for myself as well. For the past 5 years, I’ve used my wine industry experience and passion for writing to facilitate an income that provides freedom and flexibility for me to be there for my kids when they need me. Will I do this forever? Who knows! But it’s a purpose for right now, which is all I can ask for.


5. What is your biggest pain point in building relationships?


Insecurity. The ability to sell myself or my work has always been challenging. It’s something I continually struggle with.


6. What have you learned from past friendships that didn't work out?


I’ve had a lot of friendships just fizzle out, which I think is pretty normal. I’ve struggled with identifying the reason, but in the end, all friendships ebb and flow, grow or disappear. As long as I’m happy with my role and actions, then it’s ok to close the book on that friendship and move on. I’ve also learned that it’s equally as important to focus on family. Our sisters, cousins, and nieces are the people we have in our lives the longest. It’s important to nourish those relationships just as much as our friendships.


7. Who are your SHEros (AKA female heroes)?


My mom - hands down. She’s shown me strength and vulnerability. She’s also shown me when it’s ok to shine but also when it’s time to sit back and support those who need it.


8. What podcasts/books are you listening/reading right now?


The Four Winds is next on my to-read list for my book club. But Circe is the last book I read that I’d recommend. It was weird and unusual, but so beautifully written. I don’t have a ton of time for podcasts, but if I do turn one on, it’s usually Anna Faris’ Unqualified. She’s funny and human and has some pretty epic guests.


9. Where can we find you?


On Instagram @socialsips or my website, www.socialsips.ca

Hot off the press is this week's #wingwoman, meet Rosey Hwang! Rosey is a Copy Queen and a Mindset Coach; her writing has been featured on Medium and Scary Mommy. When she's not helping women say "yes" to their dreams, she's at home with her husband and her two little girls, playing Just Dance, and reading all the books. In our interview, Rosey shares how by following her dream of becoming a writer, she discovered her purpose, how she thrives in getting to know people in small, intimate groups, and how her soul sisters remind her that we are not meant to do this journey alone. Continue reading to learn all about Rosey!


1. What makes you happy?


I am happiest doing what I love, and that's spending time with my girls and husband, writing my heart out and supporting my soul-aligned clients with their dreams.


2. What advice would you give your younger self?


I wrote a blog about the advice I would give my younger self because I have so much I would want to share with that version of me. Most of all, I would tell her to follow her heart and her dreams and stop worrying about what everyone else thinks. I would also encourage her not to take things so personally and to stop procrastinating. Small steps create a massive transformation over time.

3. If you could magically solve one problem in the world, what would that be?


Gender inequality. It's 2021, and it breaks my heart to know that in many parts of the world, girls and women are still fighting for fundamental human rights, and even in Canada, women are getting paid less than men.


We know better, and it's time to do better for ourselves and the generations to come.


4. How did you find your purpose?


I've always known I wanted to change the world, yet I was scared to own my purpose because of the societal conditioning and my own limiting beliefs that said, Who are you to do that? One person can't change the world.


It's when I started recognizing that these words weren't my truth that my life shifted dramatically. Every time we follow our hearts and step into our zone of genius with the desire to support others, we create a positive ripple effect out into the world.


I found my purpose by doing just that. It was always my dream to be a writer so I started by working in Public Relations, blogging, then writing for online publications Like Scary Mommy and Medium. From there, I started copywriting and mindset coaching. Each step helped me realize that my purpose is to help others reach their full potential, whether that's helping their business thrive with captivating copy or creating the life of their dreams through deep-level mindset shifts.


5. What is your biggest pain point in building relationships?


I'm an introvert but also a social butterfly. I love meeting new people and creating meaningful connections. I am great in 1-1 settings or small intimate groups, but big events make me nervous. I'm all about being authentic, and I don't like any pretenses. My pain point is small talk when all I want to know when I meet someone new is what sets their soul on fire.


6. What have you learned from past friendships that didn't work out?


We are all on our own journeys. Sometimes our paths will cross, and that connection will last a long time. Other times the connection is meant to give us a lesson. The lesson is powerful. I learned that integrity, values, and kindness are important to me and something I will never compromise on in friendship. I now only allow supportive friendships with people that are committed to being real and who are compassionate, caring and thoughtful into my life. My friends, aka my soul sisters, mean the world to me, and I believe we were never meant to do this journey of life alone.


7. Who are your SHEros (AKA female heroes)?


My grandma is my SHEro because she was the most incredible woman I have ever known. She spoke her mind freely, loved me unconditionally and had so much strength and compassion. To me, she represents what it means to be a strong, powerful and beautiful woman.


My other SHEros all of the incredible moms out there that are quietly taking care of their families, homes, businesses and themselves like the incredible CEOs and bosses they are.


8. What podcasts/books are you listening/reading right now?


Tea with Rhi with Rhiannon Ward

The Online Business Show with Tyler J. McCall


More Myself by Alicia Keys

The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks - Reading this a second time


9. Where can we find you?


Website: http://www.roseyhwang.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/msroseyhwang/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/roseyhwang/