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Combining both of her passions, photography and yoga, this mom of two is a force to be reckoned with - meet this week's #wingwoman, Rikki Mae! Rikki has been a photographer for nearly 11 years, specializing in baby, newborn, and family photography, and she also is the creator behind Our Community Yoga, a virtual yoga studio. In our interview, Rikki shares how important it is to fall in love with yourself first, how she surrounds herself with people who feel like a breath of fresh air, and how she holds a great appreciation for deep instrumental music. Continue reading to learn all about Rikki!



1. What makes you happy?


I find the most joy in my life when I’m being creative. Whether it’s through photography or body movement (I’m a photographer & a yoga instructor), I am my happiest when I’m creating.


2. What advice would you give your younger self?


Love is a two-way street. You will get back as much as you give. But before you can truly give and receive love from another, you must first fall in love with yourself. Truly fall in love with all parts of yourself without judgement. Give yourself patience and understanding. Do the things you love and that bring you joy. Speak your truth. Stop worrying what anyone else thinks! The only opinion that matters is your own. And above all else, allow your true self to shine – the real you.


And once you do this, everything else will just seem to “fall into place”.

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


I’m sure many of the Wing Women over this past year would answer the same – end the covid-19 pandemic! In a heartbeat I would love to give us all back the life we used to have. Or at least a new, slower paced version of it. Good health and happiness to all!


4. How did you find your purpose?


Through self-discovery. It wasn’t something I set out to “find”, sometimes I feel like my purpose found me though opening myself up to the freedom of self-expression and trying new things! Once I found things that really set me on fire creatively, I stuck with them and they led me to my purpose.


Find the things that ignite your soul and then do them as often as you can.


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


Time! Time is limited and as life goes on, you realized that you sometimes have to stop putting in effort with people who aren’t reciprocating. So, I spend my time on the people who bring love and joy to my life, the ones whose company feels like a breath of fresh air.


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


Not everyone is meant to be in your life forever! Some people come into your life for a short while, who show up to test or teach you, to help you grow. There are only a select few who are meant to stand the tests of time. The ones who connect with you on soul level, the ones who get you, support you and help you reach your full potential. These are the ones who stick with you for life. Learning quality over quantity and when to walk away.


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


My female heroes are strong women who aren’t afraid to be themselves and who stand up for the things they are passionate about. The ones who follow their dreams and live an authentic life they love.


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


I am a huge music buff! I don’t listen to many podcasts as I always have some kind of music playing. In my yoga classes, I’ve been playing a lot of piano music and have really grown a fond appreciation for the feelings and emotions that deep instrumental music can evoke.


9. Where can we find you?


Yoga:

www.ourcommunityyoga.com

www.instagram.com/ourcommunityyoga


Photography: www.rikkimaephotography.com

www.instagram.com/rikkimaephotography

For all of my hair accessory queens, you need to meet this week's #wingwoman - Achiaa Asante! Achiaa is the owner of Elexia's Luxuries, where she makes handmade headbands for women, children, and babies. Achiaa is a mom of two and launched her business just last year. In our interview, Achiaa shares how the little things make her happy, how she would encourage her younger self to be fearless and try new things, and how the biggest factor in creating a new friendship is developing trust. Continue reading to learn all about Achiaa!



1. What makes you happy?


Loved ones, music, good deals or bargains at the store, dancing, chocolate, candles and more (the little things make me happy)


2. What advice would you give your younger self?


I would tell my younger self to be fearless and definitely try new things. Achieve all goals and dreams; after all, we only live once. Just like the saying goes, “you will never know until you try." 3. If you could magically solve one problem in the world, what would that be?


If I could magically solve one problem in the world, that would be for everyone human to have basic necessities. Food, shelter, water and clothing.


4. How did you find your purpose?


Trying new things, believing in yourself, not overthinking, notice what makes you happy, trust your instincts, surround yourself with positive people, and take action.


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


Biggest pain point in building a relationship is trust because I feel after that has been established, that’s when other factors like respect, understanding, etc. follows.


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


Be yourself and have effective communication.


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


No one currently


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


No major reads currently. Just affirmations and gratitude journal with my son.


9. Where can we find you?


In my house!

Instagram: @elexiasluxuryaccessories

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Elexias-Luxuries


If public speaking has you shaking in your boots, you've got to meet this week's #wingwoman, Ghalia Aamer! Ghalia is the CEO and Founder of the company, TalkMaze, where they help people all over the world improve their public speaking skills through group and personal coaching. Fear of public speaking can cost you 10% of wages (say what?!), so Ghalia and her team are here to help. In our interview, Ghalia shares how she believes you need to surround yourself with people who support your audacious goals, how the key to successful friendships is to have values that align, and how it's courageous to be vulnerable. Continue reading to learn all about Ghalia!



1. What makes you happy?


Seeing people do nice things out of the goodness of their hearts, without expecting anything in return.


2. What advice would you give your younger self?


You are capable and deserving. Don’t get caught up worrying about what others think. Surround yourself with people who support your audacious goals. 3. If you could magically solve one problem in the world, what would that be?


Injustice. I feel like that’s a bunch of problems summarized in one word, but it’s pretty difficult to choose just one problem.


4. How did you find your purpose?


I’m still working on it. I believe it’s a lifelong journey. My personal experiences and people I surround myself with ultimately shape my values and purpose.


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


It takes a lot of courage to be vulnerable when building relationships with anyone. It’s a two-way effort and it can be difficult to find others who are willing to put in the same level of effort.


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


I’ve learned that what’s most important to me in friendships is that our values align. Friendships that don’t work out are an opportunity for me to reflect on the kind of friends I want to surround myself with and the kind of friend I am to others.


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


My mom and sister are my biggest sources of inspiration. They are both prime examples of what it means to truly want to do good for the world and to actually make it happen.


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


I’ve recently started listening to CEO School and I love it!


9. Where can we find you?


Personal: @aamerghalia on Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter

https://instagram.com/aamerghalia

https://www.linkedin.com/in/aamerghalia/

https://twitter.com/aamerghalia

Business: talkmaze.com | @talkmaze on Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn

https://www.instagram.com/talkmaze/

https://www.facebook.com/talkmaze

https://www.linkedin.com/company/talkmaze


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