Happy Friday! We have a brand new #wingwoman for you to meet this week - it's Winni Gill! Winni is a multi-passionate creative who teaches by day and has TWO side hustles by night. As a full-time teacher, being away from her students for so long during quarantine made space for her to create Perfect Petals YYC and Gather & Graze YYC. With each of these businesses, she is able to create flower arrangements and food boards with love and spread kindness all over #YYC. In our interview, Winni shares how she believes spending money on experiences outweighs the material, how it is okay to embrace multiple passions, and how open and clear communication is key to strong relationships. Continue reading to learn all about Winni!
1. What makes you happy?
Quality time with loved ones. Whether it’s out and about or a quiet night at home, just being in their presence.
2. What advice would you give your younger self?
I would advise my younger self to spend more money on experiences than material things. Things lose their value and meaning over time, people and places don’t. 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, it would be child abuse. As a teacher, the stories I’ve come to know shake me to my core. If I could just make it go away, I would.
4. How did you find your purpose?
I think we have multiple purposes. I knew my purpose in life was to help others – how exactly I would do that, took some thinking. It’s important to know your purpose but also your boundaries. I wanted to having a career where I knew what I did daily made a difference, but I also knew I couldn’t handle more serious situations everyday (doctors, lawyers, social workers, etc). Teaching allows me to build meaningful, long term relationships and make a difference, but also have fun! It’s never a dull day.
5. What is your biggest pain point in building relationships?
My biggest pain point in building relationships would definitely be time and communication. Relationships require time and space to grow and strengthen. This done mainly done through spending time with each other or through communicating with each other. My schedule is jam packed, to say the least. A simple text back or an evening out together requires scheduling weeks in advance and I know that is super hard for some in my circle to understanding.
6. What have you learned from past friendships that didn't work out?
Not all friendships last forever. They aren’t meant to. As we get older, we may go down different paths based on personal relationships, careers, interests, etc., and that’s okay.
7. Who are your SHEros (AKA female heroes)?
Michelle Obama. She is educated, fierce, and kind. She knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to go after it.
8. What podcasts/books are you listening/reading right now?
Honestly, I would love to share some inspiring ideas here, but I have nothing. The only books I have time to read are the ones I read to my students.
9. Where can we find you?
You can find me either in front of my laptop, at school, or local flower farms. I’m always on the go!
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