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If the Home Edit is your jam, then you don't want to miss this week's #wingwoman - everyone meet Stephanie The! Stephanie is an avid DIYer with a passion for interior design, decoration and organization. Along with raising her children and starting her own business, she's also a part of the production team at Studio Luma. In our interview, she shares how she believes she has meaningful impact when she treats others with kindness, how she wishes there was a better understanding surrounding mental illness, and how it's important to be around the people who accept you for who you are (quirks and weirdness included!). Continue reading to learn all about Stephanie!



1. What makes you happy?


For some instant and short-term happiness, I enjoy thrifting and the feeling I get when I finish a project. But the things that make me really happy are the relationships I have. Nothing makes me smile more than laughing with my husband, acting silly with my daughters, dining with my extended family (long overdue due to COVID!) and long conversations with my friends.


2. What advice would you give your younger self?


Just do it! I feel like I'm just recently stepping out of my comfort zone. I would tell my younger self to pursue whatever it is I want and not be afraid. You never know what you accomplish unless you take a chance and try.

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


I would change the understanding of mental illness. I choose this because I have dealt with it myself and know how devastating and difficult it can be. I also recently lost my cousin to the illness and miss him dearly. In the near future, I hope to be able to contribute in a meaningful way to the awareness, acceptance, and understanding of mental illness.


4. How did you find your purpose?


I could say that my purpose is to help people with my love of design and organization. This has come about from years of self-discovery and the opportunity to pursue my own business.


However, in the bigger picture, I feel like my purpose is to love those around me and treat them with kindness. I'm a big believer in "love your neighbour" and feel it's a way I can have a meaningful impact on those around me.


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


Oh gosh! For me, my biggest pain point is worrying about what other people think of me! I'm always concerned that I'm insulting someone in some way or form. I'm working on this by building up my confidence and accepting myself for who I am. All the quirks and weirdness included!


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


I'm lucky enough to have had the same four close friends since the beginning of time. Seriously! I've known one of them since age 3. I have met some people who I've naturally drifted away from over the years. I think what I've learned is that I'm not going to be able to keep in touch with everyone. At the same time, I've learned that there are some who I'll see only once a year and it'll feel like we saw each other yesterday. Both types of relationships are OK.


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


My mom! My mom is awesome and I also consider her as one of my friends. Now that I'm a mother, I understand the sacrifices she had to make to raise me. She's always been there to support me, encourage me, and make me laugh. There are so many good things I could say about my mom!


I know that this is supposed to be about SHEros, but I have to give a shout out to my dad. He is also awesome and taught me that there is always a solution to a problem. He is probably the reason why I love DIYs.


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


I just finished listening to The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. I just started Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan. While I don't listen to Podcasts on the regular, I do enjoy Under the Influence with Terry O'Reilly and The Debaters with Steve Patterson.

I don't know if this counts but every day before we go to bed my husband tells me about the podcasts he listened to that day. Usually, it's something from The Daily or Planet Money.


9. Where can we find you?


On Instagram, @steph.the, or my website: www.stephthe.com/connect/

Teachers hold a special place in our hearts, and we especially love this one - meet this week's #wingwoman, Carolina Smith! Carolina is an elementary school teacher, a certified yoga teacher, a self care advocate, and the creator behind the LIA project. Carolina was one of our guest speakers in our last round of Build Your Circle, and she helps educate women how to tune in, trust and connect with their highest self. In our interview, Carolina shares how important it is to live by your own inner knowing rather than other people's agendas, how it's been a struggle making authentic connections over the past year, and how with every friendship, she has learned more about who she is and who she is becoming. Continue reading to learn all about Carolina!



1. What makes you happy?


Dark chocolate, beaches, red wine and sunshine!

As well as currently watching our house renovations come together with my fiancé.


2. What advice would you give your younger self?


You have everything you need already inside you, self-trust, intuition, health, etc… follow each step that takes you to a place of remembering what society has tamed out of you. Ask the question and speak with intention. Live guided by your inner knowing rather than other people’s agendas and keep on doing the next aligned thing.

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


Illiteracy. There are so many children and adults in this world that have a limited education because of illiteracy. I don’t mean just reading words… but also reading their body’s signs and understanding their own mind. As an elementary school educator, I teach children how to read and write, but as a yoga instructor & wellness educator, my hope is to teach women how to become physically and emotionally literate with their own bodies and minds.


4. How did you find your purpose?


I don’t think I’ll ever find my purpose. I believe purpose is something I’ll strive everyday to align with as it’s something that evolves as I do. I would say that every day I choose to take the next step towards what feels right and trusting I will find purpose in that decision.


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


My biggest pain point in building new relationships is making authentic connections with like-minded friends online versus in person. Obviously this year we’ve distanced ourselves from each other physically, so it can take double the effort to reach out and make that connection online. Something I know is that it’s worth it every time that effort is put in!


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


I’ve learned that people (including myself) evolve. That change is our nature. It’s not up to me to judge or determine that change for another is good or bad. With every past friendship I’ve learned more about who I am and who I am becoming.


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


First and foremost, my mother. She has taught me everything she knows about how to navigate this wild world. To name drop a few: Jenna Kutcher (online business mentor), Coach Carrey (lifecoach & meditation teacher), Brene Brown (author & researcher), Lisa Webb (author,entrepreneur & teacher),... so so so many others.

@jennakutcher

@coach.carey

@brenebrown

@canadianexpatmom


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


Currently catching up with Marie Barker’s Live On Purpose Podcast & The Goop by Gwyneth Paltrow. Currently reading, Breath by James Nestor and The Art of Gathering by Priya Parker.


9. Where can we find you?


I would love to connect with you on Instagram @liaproject or via email hello@liaproject.ca.

For all of my beauty lovers out there, this is a story you don't want to miss - meet this week's #wingwoman, Adedoyin Omotara! Adedoyin has a background in Electrical Engineering, but there was a huge part of her that wanted to create something more and to help women feel more beautiful and empowered. She decided to pursue that dream in 2014 and founded Adoniaabeauty, a beauty company that aims to help women at different stages of life to connect to their true, individual, and unique beauty. After moving to Calgary in 2015, she has continued to further that dream and continues to empower women around the globe every day. In our interview, Adedoyin shares how it's important to never stop learning, how she discovered her purpose by connecting to God, and how you should always be clear about your expectations when starting new connections. Continue reading to learn all about Adedoyin!



1. What makes you happy?


Spending time with God and family


2. What advice would you give your younger self?


Never stop learning

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


To completely eradicate domestic violence


4. How did you find your purpose?


By connecting to my source and manufacturer, God, who holds the blueprint to my life.


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


People putting up a mask due to subconscious conditioning from past experiences to protect themselves thus making them put up a guard.


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


To set expectations when starting any new friendship or relationship


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


My mum, My mother in-love, Tara Fela-Durutoye, Debola Deji-Kurunmi


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


Good morning Holy spirit by Kenneth Hagins


9. Where can we find you?


@adoniaabeauty, @adedoyinomotara and adedoyinomotara@gmail.com