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How To Shatter The Glass Ceiling As A Woman Selling In A Highly Male-Dominated Industry

For the past 20 years, I have been working in sales in Canada for one of North America’s largest Building Materials Manufacturers. This industry is…

Heal Thyself, Heal Thy Children

In August 2020, I became one of 10,000 Canadians to survive a bilateral pulmonary embolism and part of the 1.3% population to be diagnosed with…

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How to Live in Flow with Your Cycle 

For years, I cursed, hated, dreaded, and cried over my period, every cycle. This phase caused me SO much pain, embarrassment, disgust. It tortured me,…

Stop Asking People Where They Are From

My racially ambiguous appearance has always been a topic of conversation throughout my life. Especially during the many years that I worked as a barista.…

World Mental Heath Day 2020

*content warning: self harm, suicide, mental illness* “Omg I could die” or “kill me” when you get embarrassed You have a bad day and you…

Stepping Into My Power – My Winning Ticket To The Lottery Of Life

As I sit here as a twenty-three-year-old reminiscing about the story I wrote in my grade twelve writer’s craft class, I realized that I was…

What No One is Telling You About Using Podcasting to Grow Your Business

People won’t shut up about podcasts. I know, I know, my bias is showing. I’m a podcasting coach & business strategist, after all. But hear…

Is Everything Really The Parents’ Fault?

When it comes to kids, parents tend to take up a lot more on them than it is considered sane to. Is a difficult child…

When Life Stops, Shifts, And Changes In A Single Second

What does it look like when life stops, shifts and changes in a single second? For me, it was slow motion and yet a screeching…

Olive Morris

Olive Morris ( 26 th June 1952- 12 July 1979 ) Community leader, feminist, activist,  campaigner for racial justice The protests sparked by the death…

Adaptability and Assimilation: Two Words Immigrants Live By

Being an immigrant is an isolating experience. It isn’t like a vacation where you live off your suitcase in a hotel room and bounce to…

Secrets to a Feminine Money Mindset

It never fails, whenever I get together with a group of women or close friends and I mention the topic of MONEY, I get the…

Negotiating a Starting Salary

There are so many parts of the job search and application process that are stressful but one of the parts people agonize over the most…

A Logo Isn’t Your Brand

“Oh, it’s my logo.”  I hear this all the time when I ask a business to tell me their brand story.  While a logo is…

My Multidimensional Awakening

Hello Human Lavender Tusk is Feminine Awakening embodied. It comes from the collaboration of the word lavender; which is a slightly feminine, unconventional colour and…

You Are the Universe In Motion

I want you to take a deep breath.  As you breathe in, I want you to feel the oxygen and nitrogen that flows pass your…

Fearless Felicia – Helping Children Through Life Challenges

A time for change is in need.  Our future, our children need to become our main focus.  During unprecedented times, with COVID-19, it is imperative…

The Lost Mom

Some of us, we live happily ever after as man and wife. Some of us live with a man, or a woman, or multiple men…

Storytelling Through Film Without Any Gatekeepers

I bought my first camera in a refurbished shop. It was by no means a camera anyone in Hollywood would ever buy (not even for…

How Are You Showing Up?

What is Feminine Energy? When you say “feminine energy” what comes to mind? What are the images that start to dance around in your head?…

Energy Medicine is Adapting to the Changing Times

With the ever changing world, it has been a challenge to maintain a holistic lifestyle incorporating alternative healing techniques. Commonly, these complementary modalities are not…

Starting Your Career In the Middle of a Worldwide Pandemic

“2020, this is going to be my year!” We all heard it said, maybe even said it ourselves. There were many high hopes for 2020.…

Practising Gratitude Takes Practise

Be grateful.  Give thanks.  Count your blessings.   Being thankful during a pandemic has certainly proven a difficult task for many, including myself.  As a freelance…

My Journey to Becoming a Flight Attendant

 I fell in love with aviation at the age of 8 years old when  Dad took me on my first airplane ride to Hawaii.  From…

Business as Usual Won’t Cut It

Having spent my formative working years as many do,  at the mercy of my employers, on the day that I somehow woke up a business…

I Couldn’t Cut the Cord, So the Universe Did It For Me!

I seriously lost my job. My job and my house. I lost my job and my house all within 2 weeks. In the midst of…

Fair Trade and the Triple Bottom Line Philosophy

There is no better time then now to get educated about the Fair Trade Business model that has been putting equal rights and inclusion at…

Sitting In the Fire of Your Own Feelings

I have had a very hard time learning to let go. Hanging onto the hand of the girl I used to be. A girl that…

Quarter Life Crisis

As I approach my 30s, I am reminded of the feeling I would get as a child at the end of every summer, right before…

Finding the Path to Our Dreams

I was nestled down into the plush leather sofa with my legs curled up beneath me. My gaze was focused on the tendrils of steam…

Who Has the Key?

Everyone has a journey they must travel to learn the lessons they are here to receive. The roads we travel mould and shape us into…

My Difficult But Wonderful Healing Journey

Healing my life has brought me great clarity and with the start of my healing journey, came the intense guidance from spirit that I must…

When Losing Weight Became an Obsession

  Being an elite athlete is not easy. Not every practice is perfect, nor every competition. It takes a lot of patience, dedication, determination and…

What Are You Willing to Risk?

Fernweh Many studies have been conducted where people, at the end of their lives, are asked what their biggest regrets are. Not taking enough risks…

A Soul Retrieval

It all started with a question I posted on Facebook. “If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go and why?” The…

Decluttering: the Key to Getting Everything You Want

Picture your dream house. I bet it’s not filled with clutter. Do you ever find yourself ‘wishing’ for more? And then you finally get that…

How Do You Sabotage…Your Self-Sabotage?

Ah, September. The start of the autumn season when we fall back to regular routines, winding down from summer vacation — whether it’s back to…

The Motherlove Project

My mom died the day I graduated from high school. The week before, in June 1995, my mom, who had been dying from liver cancer,…

The World Needs More Positivity

I know exactly what I bring to the table, and believe me when I say, I’m no longer afraid to eat alone.  My wish now…

My Filipino Mom is a Green Influencer – But She Doesn’t Even Know It!

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about my mother. Her name is Jocelyn, she is 65 years. She has been stuck at home since March…

Why Trauma Survivors Should Create

After trauma, what we believe becomes the stories we tell about ourselves and about what happened. The center of our world seems irreversibly altered, and…

Tune In and Rethink Your Pelvic Health

When I say pelvic health, most women think pelvic floor. And that’s a great step forward – at least we’re actually talking about pelvic floor…

Owning My Sense of Self

When we see others who look like us, doing things that we aspire to, there is this unspoken communication that we too can do this.  …

Finding Freedom From Your Addicted Loved One

Why won’t they just stop? Can’t they see the damage they are causing?  Maybe if I loved them a little bit more then will they…

Fear of Being Average

Ever since I was a teen, I’ve strived to be “the best” at something. And let me tell you, I was never “the best” at…

Unmasking Our Self-Expression With a Mask

I think it’s probably safe to say that face masks are here to stay, but for how long, well that’s pretty much anybody’s guess?  For…

The Journey and The Gift

Being diagnosed with a rare disease was the very last thing that I thought would happen to me.  And having the diagnosis journey take 7…

Women’s Safety: Inside and Outside the Home

Did you know that every 6 days a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner?  Further, “[Indigenous women] are six times more likely…

Osteoporosis Is Silent, Until It Isn’t

I know, I know. I hate to be a downer, but seeing how November is osteoporosis month, I thought it was time to bring this…

Burnt Offerings

There is the weight of “supposed to” engraved on my back. It ignites like a brand from a molten-hot iron when I start to compare. …

The White Knight Myth

Blindsided by the bite (of divorce) Divorce can bring a number of unpleasant financial surprises, such as discovering that your joint assets aren’t nearly as…

Being an Empath With ‘OPS’

Ok, so we all know the saying: keep those who don’t lift you up at a distance and the emotional vampires at bay, but what…

Lessons of a Female Solo Traveller

I was 19 years old when I took my first trip outside of North America. I went on a Travel Study with a group of…

Who Said You Need to Be On Time?

From when we are conceived we are on a timeline – with your birth mother answering how many weeks pregnant they are, to the milestones…

There is a Burgeoning Industry Profiting Off My Menstrual Cycle.

Is technology working for us?  There is a burgeoning industry profiting off my menstrual cycle. This industry provides technology that maintains my hygiene (tampons), protects…

Safe Words in Kink: Co-creating fun and Consensual Play

I’m at Burning Man, hanging upside down by ropes tied around one of my legs. It’s sticky-hot outside. I’m being whipped with rope ends, and…

Money Lessons for Our Daughters

3 Money Lessons for our Daughters   Money is often taboo, something we do not feel comfortable talking about. But we owe it to our…

Reducing Your Ecological Footprint

My concern for how my purpose in life would fit into my career began long before my first university class. Even after studying Environment and…

Raising Kids Who Care

We start out so well, don’t we? What parent hasn’t enjoyed the loving generosity of a baby sharing a drool-soaked treat? Yet, as we grow,…

Financial Wellness vs. Health & Wellness

The Conversation for Meaningful and Lasting Financial Empowerment When I say “financial wellness,” you may be anticipating that I’m going to draw on similarities with…

Failures and Fuck-Ups

Everyone likes to talk about BRAND. Personal Brand. Value Statements. The answers to the question: What are your unique gifts and qualities?  You need to…

So You Want to Smash The Patriarchy? Dismantle Systemic Racism? Start With Your Shadow.

January 21, 2017. I am woke af, hand sewing a couple of pink pussy hats for me and my 5 year old daughter to wear…

Breaking Traditional Barriers

I come from a very traditional Asian immigrant family. Yes, the type that tells you there are 4 options for a successful career: doctor, lawyer,…

I Didn’t Think I Was Dying, But I Was

“I’m currently creating the woman that I want to be, excuse me while I become extremely selfish with myself, time and energy”….  I was struggling…

Body Humiliation

2020 the millennium era of high technology. The virtual world of social media. The peak of freedom. The globe of a fancy life.  Though, I…

Solo Traveling – The Experience Outweighs the Fear

She was afraid of heights but she was much more afraid of never flying.  – Atticus  When I’m talking to a female friend or colleague…

You Know that You Have PTSD, Right?

My story is one that echoes so many others out there – one of a foundation built on childhood trauma, sexual assault, the death of…

Happiness Is a Choice

Positivity is something that I talk about a lot. I speak about it so much because it has worked to help me through very dark…

Are the Clothes in Your Closet a HELL YES!?

Feel like shit? Not sure why? You feel amazing inside, everything is going the way you want your meditations are calming, your journaling is flowing,…

The Past Informs the Present

For some time now, I have been feeling compelled to share a speech I presented in 1993.   I have been ignoring the feeling but it…

Imagine Looking in the Mirror and Hating What You See

Mental health issues are no joke. It’s one thing not to like others, but imagine looking in the mirror every day and hating what you…

Women Entrepreneurship: the Development of Empowered Women

Let me start with the term empowerment. Empowerment is to become responsible/to authorize oneself. It’s a process that strengthens our skills and makes us powerful…

Calling All Warriors- Your Fire is Needed

“I’m gonna rape you bitch!”  It’s been thirty years since that violent verbal attack, and those words still echo in my mind causing my chest…

Difficulties of Being the First Generation Born in Canada

This question seems very easy to answer, however I find it difficult. With some backstory, myself along with my sister and a few cousins are…

A Resilient World

Midwifing the World   mid·wife /ˈmidˌwīf/ Bring into being.   Birth is traumatic, beautiful, unpredictable, uncontrollable, revolutionary, disruptive, sacred, messy, and divine.   The role…

Being Lesbian is New to Me

I like boys, I always have. I’ve dated boys.  Boys are cute.  I even dated a boy in university who was abusive, controlling, and stalked…

A Thought is a Thought

For as long as I can remember, I have been an anxious person. As a kid, I was the one hiding under the table when…

Her Room

Parents may be familiar with collecting their thoughts behind bathroom doors or lingering in their cars after a demanding day. These available spaces provide brief…

Butterfly Strong

Have you ever been told, perhaps told someone yourself, or heard someone say to another, “You’re too sensitive!”? Maybe your inner critic is the voice…

Emergence

“I am tired of feeling invisible.” While not a universal female truth, there are enough of us who have experienced this feeling. When spoken, there…

Life Doesn’t Have to be Easy to Be Good

Something that I have learned in the last four and a half years, is that you cannot judge a book by its cover.  I know…

What Does Disabled Even Look Like?

Inside you will find what it is like to live with a disability and how I have grown to learn what disability means to me.…

You Are an Artist

Art is for everyone, it’s not for the talented, the gifted, it’s for everyone, all abilities. You’re probably scoffing at me as I say this.…

If Broken Crayons Still Colour, How Come No One Picks ‘Em?

Recently, for some odd reason, I keep seeing the caption—”broken crayons still colour.”  For a long time, I too subscribed to this notion that it’s…

Don’t Quit Your Day Dream

A lot of things in my life have changed. The world around me, the people I know, the seasons that have come and go, the…

Kicking Agism Language to the Curb

“You look so good for your age!”  “I hope I look as good as you when I’m that age!” “You do not look (insert over…

We Suck at Self-Care

As women, we suck at self-care. In most things in our lives, we think of what others around us want rather than what we want…

Unlocking the Feminine Brain

Women are yet to appreciate how amazing their bodies are. By diving deeper into understanding the inner workings of the human brain, it’s evident that…

My Grief Partner-In-Crime

My grief PIC (partner in crime) as I will refer to one of the closest people in my life (she would hunt me down if…

Dogs Are the Loves of My Life

As humans we are so deeply rooted in animals and nature, and we so often forget to engage with our surroundings every day. The woven…

The Real Foundation of Building a Business

“Your story is what’s going to help you sell.” These were the wise words given to me as I began my entrepreneur journey. “What story…

Beautifully Broken

I once had someone hand me a song and say THIS IS YOU. The song was called “beautifully broken” by Government Mule. I was about…

The Anatomy of a Friendship

Have you ever given much thought, if any at all, as to the anatomy of a friendship? I mean, what makes a good friend? Friends…

The Affect Systemic Racism In Our Schools has on Immigrant Kids

I am a Black Immigrant woman and I am in gross denial of all the obvious racial biases that challenge our daily lives and even…

Free as an Empty Room

Women are exquisite in all forms. White, brown, black, big, small, curvy, narrow, hetero, gay, trans, bi, two-spirted, binary, cis-gender, creative, linear, sporty, frilly; all…

Building Healthy Relationships

While everyone does unhealthy things sometimes, we can all learn to do better by recognizing the signs. Since we are by nature social beings, probably…

The Maternity Care You Truly Need

Are you planning, pregnant or postpartum? If so, I’m going to tell you something healthcare providers probably won’t. You should be the primary decision maker…

It’s Time to Pay Attention to Canadian Politics

Pay attention. That is my message to you, Great Canadian Womxn. Pay attention to politics in Canada. Wait! Don’t scroll past this post yet, I…

How to Create Your Own Sustainable Style on a Budget

I firmly believe that everyone can create their own fabulous, unique style without breaking the bank.  Reusing what you already have and shopping second-hand are…

My Journey With No Mentor

Growing up to an engineer dad and an artistic mother, arts was allowed in my family just as a hobby. My mother who is a…

I Don’t Know How to Feel While Single!

How do I find the middle ground between despair and hope? I don’t know how to feel while single. Do I go out or can…

A Runaway Train, A Diagnosis, and My Best Medicine

What do you do when you are sick, but doctors don’t believe you? You jump on the anxiety train, a runaway locomotive increasingly difficult to…

I Do Everything Like My Shirt, Extra Large

When I heard that line for the first time it resonated heavily with me. Probably not for the reason that 2 Chainz intended but it…

MEDITATION: How it Changed My Life

 “Meditation can help us embrace our worries, our fear, our anger; and that is very healing. We let our own natural capacity of healing do…

The Body Talks

Quarantine has introduced me to my first belly stretch marks. The purple stripes crawl up my thighs and dance across my soft stomach. Though my…

Workplace Spirituality and Mental Health

According to my Ojibwe ancestors, in order for someone to be whole and for total well-being we need to honour and seek balance for our…

Life After – A Sexual Assault Survivor

  The verdict was Guilty. 11 counts of sexual assault. 3 accounts of attempted rape. 5 counts of sexual coercion of a minor. We should…

Frida Kahlo and the Lean, Mean, Patriarchy

When I was in the 3rd grade, a girl in my class told me I had a unibrow.  I didn’t even know what a ‘unibrow’…

We The Invisible

“Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance. Equality is being on the party planning committee.”- Verna Myers Canada is…

I Had an Abortion

On November 30, 2017, I had an abortion.   What a word. A word that determines how you think of me, even though you’ve never…

Spending a Year Saying “YES!” Was The Best Thing I Ever Did

When people hear about my separation, the first thing they always say is, “I’m sorry.” My answer is always the same, “Why? It was the…