Profession: Actress, Registered Nurse, & Social Media Marketing Intern
Lives In: Vancouver, BC
Tell us about yourself.
I grew up mainly in Ontario & Michigan, USA, but was born in Vancouver and made my way back out here after high school. I’m a Libra, but was born on the week of the cusp so I’m actually a Libra-Scorpio (and yes, I like astrology, but try to take it with a grain of salt too). When I was in high school I thought I would be a doctor, or psychologist. I originally went to University in Victoria, BC for psychology, but then changed my mind a few times and finally decided on nursing. Half-way through nursing school I went through a break-up that allowed me to do a lot of soul-searching and find out who I really was, and what I wanted in my life. I became really fascinated with spirituality, natural health, acting & photography. I would say that this period my life was that pivotal time where I finally knew what I wanted, and made sure to go after it. So I got a job at a natural health store which I loved, bought a DSLR camera and signed up for acting lessons. It was at this time in my life where I began to live differently. I lived in pursuit of my passions. I began to listen to my intuition and follow my heart. I learned how to build meaningful connections with people who were like-minded and I can honestly say I was truly happy on my own, and felt whole on my own. It’s kind of crazy how the difficult times in life are actually a blessing in a way. They allow us to soul search, find ourselves, and realize just how strong we really are. Currently I am pursuing my acting career(i just shot an independent short film called “Cold Camping” by director Stacey Ashworth), am working as a nurse at a couple hospitals, and learning the ropes of social media marketing through an awesome internship with a great company. I am trying my best to live in the present, stay positive, stay healthy, follow my heart & pursue my passions. I want to look back on my life with no regrets, want to inspire and support others and keep the determination I feel I was born with and create a life that I love and feel fulfilled.
We understand that staying healthy is important to you. When did you first realize that it’s important for busy women to prioritize their health?
I first realized this when I was in nursing school. Oh did this lesson ever hit me like a ton of bricks. I had adrenal fatigue from my busy lifestyle of school, work and going through a break-up. I had no idea just how depleted I was until I went to a local naturopath, but I knew something wasn’t right when I had really bad insomnia (but was always tired), had trouble concentrating in class, and noticed I couldn’t eat the same as I used to as my metabolism was affected from adrenal fatigue. I quickly tried all routes to help get healthy again. I went to a naturopath and starting taking adrenal supplements, changed to a clean diet, tried to limit my caffeine and alcohol intake, and put exercise way up on the priority list. I also decided to work on my emotional health, and tried acupuncture, energy healing and hypnotherapy. It took almost 2 years of including all of these things in my life, but it eventually began to work and I felt like myself again…but even better. To this day I still include those health practices in my life, and it keeps me balanced and healthy.
What kinds of exercise tips do you have for commuters? I commute a ton, and find that walking everywhere (when possible) really helps. And little things like taking the stairs can actually help a lot too. I try to workout consistently during the week, and find if you either schedule it in, or have it in your head as non-negotiable that you’ll do it, that works well.
What kinds of healthy eating tips do you have for commuters?
I’ve actually learned this a lot more lately due to a film I just had to be in pretty good shape for. I think the key is eating a consistent diet. Meaning, that instead of giving yourself endless options of what to eat during the week, make a plan. Either pre-make your meals ahead of time and freeze them. Or if you are too busy for that, then try to eat similar things as much as possible that are healthy. For example, during my film prep for breakfast I would have a Vega shake mixed with water, or eggs & steamed greens, oatmeal & cinnamon or on occasion a spinach & feta wrap from Starbucks. I would almost always have a salad for lunch with no dressing and an apple. I would have an Emergen-C vitamin pack with water mid-day, and a light dinner. I found that by eating similar foods, it helped me stay focused on not steer away onto bad foods. I had made up my mind what I would have ahead of time, and it helped me get in shape quite quickly. I also didn’t have any alcohol and tried to limit my caffeine intake.
When you’re overwhelmed with work responsibilities, how do you find a better work/life balance?
SLEEP! I find taking an extra nap or getting extra sleep at night helps so much. Meditation is also really helpful. And little things like getting the stress out of the body through exercise and going for a nice walk down by the water. Also connecting with friends, even if just over the phone. And when all else fails, a nice cup of tea or massage always makes me feel better.
What are your favorite workouts?
I love the gym, and am a big cardio person. There’s nothing better than putting on some great music and either going for a run along the seawall or jumping on a machine at the gym. I also do some weight training when I’m there, and like going to classes from time to time like barre fitness, yoga, and ab classes.
Have you ever tried any workouts that you just hate and you would never do again?
I despise burpees, but know they help, so I still do them. But besides that I like most workouts and think switching up your workouts is good for the body and give you great results.
How do you stay motivated when you’re just not in the mood?
Listening to good music, making a plan ahead of time (putting your workout gear in your work bag so you have to go), and sometimes just telling yourself that you’ll just do a short workout on the days where it’s tougher. And having a goal helps a lot I’ve noticed. Whether its an upcoming photo-shoot, marathon, or filming these all give you extra incentive to make it to the gym. So try to find a goal for yourself and you will see that motivation increase like crazy!
What has Nursing taught you about health?
Well, I guess I could look at this question many ways. Being a nurse you see all aspects of health. You see that the body is indeed something that needs to be cared for, nourished and not taken for granted. I’ve seen people go from healthy to extremely ill in a short period of time, but I’ve also seen the opposite. People who even the physicians did not think would make it, and then they did, they bounced back. Miracle cases. I think that prevention in life and health is the key to be honest. I remember in nursing school watching a documentary “Food Matters” and it literally changed the way I looked at health forever. Learn how to eat healthy, don’t completely rely on your doctor for your health (meaning, educate yourself on health), and learn how to manage stress in a natural way. Natural health is remarkable, and all it takes is a little learning on your part to potentially change your life. Go into your local natural health stores and pick the brains of the people who work there, go to a naturopath once a year, read health related books and research online. Prevention is so important.
What is the one aspect of your life that gets you through the “hectic” days?
My acting. I absolutely feel alive when I do it, and it makes me feel connected to my passion and purpose. I try to do some form of acting learning/training every day, and this truly keeps me happy and switches my focus from stress to calm. If I can’t do anything acting related for some reason, a good talk with a close friend also helps. I am so so grateful for the amazing people I have in my life. Truly.
What is advice that you would give to your 20 year old self?
Pursue your passions, and if you don’t know what they are, take the time to soul search. You will find them. Surround yourself with positive people who love you and want the best for you and support you. Learn to live in the present and not look back on the past too much, or into the future too much either. If something you once wanted doesn’t work out, don’t worry. Learn to surrender in a sense, and know that it wasn’t meant to work out and that something better will come your way, without a doubt. But we must be patient and try not to control. Your wealth is in your health. Educate yourself on health and surround yourself with great mentors. What you think (in a sense) you become. So learning to think positively and optimistically is a skill that will help you create an amazing life. If your gut is telling you either not to do something or that a situation isn’t right, listen to that. It’s almost always right and is there to protect you. Find your inner artist, it is so fulfilling in life and helps you connect with that other side of your brain. Follow your heart. Help others. Be a good listener. Be a good friend. Find a partner who loves you for you and create a healthy, loving and supportive relationship. If someone doesn’t value you, move on, because someone else will. Stay true to yourself. Laugh. Always have something to look forward to. And lastly, that you CAN create the life you want, you just have to be determined, stay positive and surround yourself with good people. Do not settle for a mediocre life when you could have an amazing one. You deserve love and happiness, so don’t settle for anything less.
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