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We meet exceptional women every day. Girl Bosses is our chance to share a few of their stories, their memories, their advice and their humour. Please enjoy.
What is the best advice ever given to you?
Two things stand out to me. While we have all received a lot of advice over our lifetimes something recently made me stop and think. Last year I joined a running club and our running coach always signs off his emails with the words, “Impress Yourself”. The first time I saw that short phrase it made quite an impression on me. I try to remind myself of those words as often as possible and conduct myself and do things every day that I am proud of. I am not always successful, but I am of the opinion that we are all hardest on ourselves. So, if we can impress ourselves, we have done an excellent job against our harshest critic. The other piece of advice is something I have heard all my life starting at a very early age. My mom always told me to stand up straight, shoulders back. As it turns out, great posture has been an invisible confidence builder. Whether you feel confident or not, people perceive you as confident and, in turn, capable.
Looking back, what is the best advice you would give to yourself at age 25?
I am not sure I would go back and tell myself anything. While things were not always great and my 20’s had a lot of ups and downs, those tumultuous years shaped me into who I am today. I honestly believe that without those experiences, I would not be the person I am, I would not have the relationships I have and I would not have the career I have. Difficult times always teach us something, no matter how hard the lesson. Without hesitation, I am grateful for the twists in my road and am proud of who I am today.
What are your favourite qualities in another person?
When I think of the qualities that I admire in my husband and close friends, it would be their humour, sincerity, honesty and integrity.
What is your idea of happiness?
I am happiest when I get to spend time with my husband, friends and dogs; ideally outdoors, hiking and enjoying beautiful weather.
What is your idea of misery?
A world without chocolate would be awful.
What talent would you like to be gifted with?
I would love to be able to sing and not have my husband turn up the radio to drown me out!
What is the dress code for success?
I have always believed in “dress for the job you want, not the job you have”. The dress code for success is not necessarily what you wear, but how you wear it. It’s about confidence. Obviously that dress code has to reflect who you are and potentially who you want to be. Clothing gives us the extraordinary ability to transform ourselves, to present ourselves to the world and to give a first impression that we can completely control. Wearing the clothes you chose with confidence says a lot to others and, often because of that, success follows.
Is image important?
For me, image is not all about how you look on the outside. Image is how you put yourself together, how you present yourself, how you treat others, how you carry yourself and your confidence. Image is extremely important from the first impression you make on someone to the way that you conduct yourself every day. Image defines you because it defines the way people relate to you and treat you.
I was born in Calgary and then I moved to Edmonton when I was 3 and grew up on an acreage outside of Sherwood Park. I graduated with no idea of what to do but had started modelling in Grade 12. In the fall, after graduation, I was fortunate to win a Ford New York modelling contest and headed off to New York the following January. My mother was not thrilled with the idea but slowly got used to it as I spent the next few years at the UofA (should be University of Alberta)and modelling. I travelled to and lived in Milan, New York, Tokyo, Taipei and Montreal.
I completed only half of my Physical Education and Sports Studies Degree, travelled and modelled some more and eventually went back to school while working fulltime getting ¾ of the way through a Business Degree. I took an interest in the law classes that were part of my business degree and applied to Law School, getting in before finishing my Business Degree. I graduated from Law School at the University of Alberta in 2005. I began working at my current firm in 2006 and became a partner in 2014.
I still model once in a while, often at Western Canada Fashion Week and Manulife Night. I enjoy being active and started running again in 2014. In 2015 I ran my first half-marathon and have two more planned for 2016. We have two very active dogs who love to run and hike. Summer or winter you will find me outside a lot! I still love to travel and get away as much as possible; whether it’s within Alberta or into BC or further abroad, I’m happy exploring new places.