1. What is your biggest pain point in building relationships?
It’s not so much a pain point anymore, but when I was younger (post-university), there was the fear of almost being rejected by potential friends. Now I realize that other people are eager for you to say "hi," to offer the smile, to make the first move, so to speak.
2. What advice would you give your younger self?
Stop worrying what other people think about you, and for the love of god, stop dieting.
3. If you could magically solve one problem in the world, what would that be?
Obviously there are so many issues out there, but based on my own experience, if I could help people realize that they happen to their lives, and their lives don’t have to happen to them, I think so many issues could be resolved.
4. How did you find your purpose?
It took a while! Partly through the hard experience of poor health, partly through work experiences teaching and running workshops, and partly through trying new things. Not once did I think in my twenties that I’d be a Stress Reduction Coach. But, now I can say that life is super fulfilling. The clients that I work with see real change, and they’re more relaxed and joyful. THAT is purpose for me. I end each session on a high.
5. What have you learned from past friendships that didn’t work out?
That sometimes things are only meant to last a season. Friendships don’t have to last a lifetime - some will, some won’t, and that’s okay. I think if you can become more self-aware, that’s important. How we communicate (or don’t) is often the downfall of friendships.
6. Who are your SHEroes (AKA female heroes)?
Pretty much every woman who has come on the Girl Tries Life podcast. I admire them all in different ways for how they serve their clients and communities. We are badass women making change, whether to one or to many.
7. What podcasts/books are you listening/reading right now?
Besides the hard work I put in on the Girl Tries Life podcast I love listening to: The Rewatchables, Bachelor Party (yes, I’m that person), The Sandwich, etc.
Books: Everything is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo, Kids These Days by Dr Jody Carrington and Deviced by Doreen Dodgen-Magee. Anything by Cal Newport is a win
P.S. If you LOVED what Victoria had to say, then you don't want to miss our upcoming event that will be held online on March 26th! It's called "Keeping Calm Throughout the Storm," and we are going to be deep diving on all sorts of stress reduction tips to help you stay calm and carry on throughout this time.