I love to dance. Having spent ages two through eighteen taking tap, jazz, ballet, and musical theatre lessons, dance has very special place in my heart. Which is why I was thrilled to do a City Girl Connects interview with iDance Vancouver owner and former professional ballerina, Amanda Hemmaway, to talk about why dance is important, the mission of iDance, and why everything should be seen as an opportunity to learn.
Yep, you read that title correctly – I just turned 35, and two months before that, I had my first proper facial at the Wedgewood Hotel & Spa (845 Hornby Street, Vancouver). I was told by my esthetician, Anny, that, technically, having had microdermabrasion and doing my regular facemasks can be considered a facial, but this was a proper facial and I was going to love it. And I did!
It’s #EntrepreneursDay and Global Entrepreneurs’ Week! I still don’t know that I would classify myself as such, but I am surrounded by some amazing female entrepreneurs that inspire and motivate me every day. Meredith Garritsen at Hervana is one of those inspirations, and not only is she good people, she has the dubious honour of having helped me save my sanity the week before we moved to Victoria. (She’s also given a great prize for the contest at the end of this post!)
Confession: Until this summer, I hadn’t ridden a (non-spin) bicycle in about 20(!) years. So you know that expression, “It’s just like riding a bike…”? I pretty much had no frame of reference. Aside from that, I am the poster child Vancouver urban commuter. So imagine my delight when I got the invitation to be a beta-tester for the now launched multimodal app, Cowlines, but then my utter horror when they suggested doing a photo shoot featuring me in my urban commuter #westcoastcitygirl glory… riding a bike. Eek.
We move to Victoria next week, and I have spent the last couple of months thinking about how excited I am about living in a new city, but also about all the things I love and will miss about Vancouver. (And because of this, there’s a really great giveaway listed at the bottom of this post!)
Community, collaboration, and mentorship are amazing things. But, on occasion, they are hard to find; particularly for female entrepreneurs. I’ve been fortunate to have found all three as I slowly – but surely – navigate my way into eventually being my own boss. Danielle Wiebe from the Business Babes Collective is a conduit for that hat trick via her amazing energy and entrepreneurial savvy.
When I did my yoga teacher training in 2013, one of my goals was to ‘figure out’ how to meditate. I had been practicing yoga for many years, but there was a piece of my practice missing. And I was so desperate to calm my mind the **** down and find some stillness for myself after a couple years of health issues and and overall stress.
Mercury is in retrograde: my laptop died on Easter weekend, work’s been a bit crazy, and my left rotator cuff is telling me it needs a little more love. Aside from that, it’s been a pretty good week. But I’m definitely ready to put my my feet up and have a glass of something lovely. I’m mostly a red wine and dark beer girl, but every now and then I like a fancy cocktail. A Gin and Tonic is usually my favourite, but I’ve come to love whisky cocktails in the last couple years. (This is what happens when you visit Scotland many, many times, and visit a fair amount…