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DYNAMITE SUMMER ’17 COLLECTION PREVIEW

This week I had the pleasure of attending the Dynamite Summer 2017 Collection preview alongside other ustocal talented bloggers. We were hosted by one of my favourite spots in the city, Colette Grand Cafe and the PR did a fantastic job of introducing us to Dynamite’s latest and upcoming pieces.

The location was perfect as it’s tucked away in one of the busiest spots in the city, yet had such an intimate setting that made it a great blogger retreat. The new collection is on trend so it’s no surprise the location was a perfect fit. As shown above, current and upcoming pieces were displayed on three racks with lust-worthy clothing that had breezy silhouettes and colourful shades to welcome the new season. There’s no denying that Dynamite’s new collection is perfect for the everyday girl-on-the-go and also so perfect to take with you on those summer escapes. It was tough to pick out my top favourites so I know I will definitely be on the lookout for their new weekly arrivals.
Let me know what your favourites are from Dynamite or #dynamitestyle below! You can view their current collection here. xoxo
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5 ULTIMATE #GIRLBOSS TIPS

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Girl Bosses: We all love them and we all want to be them. Some are busy being the best boss, while others are working on the daily grind to make their ultimate #girlboss dream a reality. With so many options, it comes as no surprise that many of us are steering away from the typical 9-5 to achieve that #girlboss status more than ever.

Having created my own blog and online persona along with an e-store for my infamous talking budgie Mr. Poof, I can say I’ve learned a lot along the way. I dreamed it, did my research and created my own business making my visions a reality. Without a plan, there is no dream. Therefore, with today’s post I wanted to share some tips on how to be a #girlboss along with some advice on building an online persona.

1. MAKE A PLAN

I can’t tell you how many things I had to learn from scratch or seek others to help make my vision a reality. I started off with ideas for Sweet as Fiction, wrote down everything that I wanted with blogging, design concepts, down to the tiniest details with brand representation etc. When you become specific and create a vision, it becomes easier to make it all happen. This takes many trial and errors, but these strategic moves are what you need if you want to stand out on your own as a #girlboss.

2. STAY COMMITTED

With anything, when your business or career is new it will take time to settle in and gain exposure. There will be moments when things are slow or quiet if you want to put it bluntly. These are the moments when you need to KEEP GOING with that hustle and stick to the vision you had when you started out.

Do you know how many times Colonel Sanders was told no with his recipe for his now infamous Kentucky Fried Chicken? 1009 times. He had almost no money to his name and was retired, but he had a vision and knew his chicken was the absolute best. When everyone was saying no, he kept going until he got a yes. We all know who he is now, and he is a prime example of commitment to the dream. This is the ultimate trait for any #girlboss.

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3. BE TRUE TO YOURSELF

Don’t compare yourself to someone else’s journey and or compromise your values for a paycheque. When opportunities arise and something isn’t clicking, it’s okay to say no. Opportunities come and go! When you understand and accept that and know what you stand for, you will be in alignment for the right opportunities! That’s a true #girlboss move.

4. EXPAND + LET GO OF WHAT DOESN’T WORK

Always aim to renew yourself and what you have to offer. Meeting others in your field or finding a mentor is also the best tool! What better way to learn and grow then from someone who is already where you want to be! Put yourself out there and network, network, network. You never know who you’ll meet that will be of help. 🙂

Over time as you expand your business, you also will also learn what works best for you, discarding what doesn’t.  It’s okay to have your own vision and approach. This won’t be in line with what everyone else in the industry is doing, but this could ultimately be what makes you stand out and succeed. #girlbosses stay true to themselves, cultivate their creativity and do whatever it takes to succeed.

5. CREATE BALANCE

With hard work, comes long days and sometimes very little sleep. Be sure to take care of yourself when your schedule becomes hectic, eating healthy while getting in the necessary exercise. Life is all about balance. Every #girlboss takes a break when needed to stay refreshed – ready to take on anything!

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Are you a #girlboss? Share your story below. Would love to hear your tips! xoxo

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NEW YEAR, NEW YOU!

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Happy 2017! As you all know I love fashion, I love acting along with many other things. There are some things that you may not know about me. I went through quite a bit a couple of years ago. I was lost, I wasn’t making enough money off of acting and I wasn’t fulfilled. I was on my own living in Toronto since I was 18 as I grew up without a family, directing my own life and pursuing a career while working full-time. It was hard, but I made it happen. I was my own personal motivator. There was just something missing. I wasn’t fulfilled; I wanted more from my life.

Today’s article is going to be some real talk. I really want all of you to go for what you think you can’t have or maybe some of you aren’t struggling and are on the right path, but need more of a push! We all need that ‘real talk’ here and there to remind us why we are here, because we all can get lost in our day to day, am I right?

Someone once told me the definition of hell:

”The last day you have an Earth, the person you became will meet the person you could have become.”

I don’t know about you, but every time I read that it sends chills down my spine. We are all given one life, but how many of us actually go for our dreams? I’ve read so many stories about people who never reached their full potential due to the fear of failure or a story they told themselves, which is why they were never able to live out their dreams. How is it that the thing we tell ourselves daily is the reason we don’t move forward? Think about it. It can be dumb self-talk that can be so small, “I am not enough.” or “I’m too old.” etc. This self talk can have a larger impact in the long run. How many years does one do this to themselves until they hit a threshold? These are the years you can never get back. That’s why today, I wanted to share some lessons, personal advice and strategies that I learned while attending UPW in NYC in 2014 and again this past November in California.

UPW aka. Unleash the Power Within is taught by Tony Robbins and Joseph McClendon. This event is unreal. Even saying that is an understatement. You all need to experience this at least one in your life if you can. It was personally an eye opener and helped me find out who I really was, what I wanted and what I needed to do to get to where I wanted to be. When you go for something without reason, you eventually burn out, which is what happened to me years ago, why I wasn’t fulfilled.

The crazy thing is again I am pretty young and I was meeting so many people that weren’t fulfilled in their 40s, 50s and on. These people were newly divorced or stuck in a job that they hated or weren’t actually living their life to the fullest. How scary is that?! Like think about it. All those years and now you hit a wall and need to change. Let me add that it’s never to late to change. Never.

What Tony and Joseph instill into you throughout those 4 days at UPW is strategies on how to change, achieve goals and find leverage. The days are long, 13 hours at max per day and you are constantly engaged, doing exercises to break patterns and replacing it with new ones. You leave with a game-plan on how to change your life for the better! How many of you want that? 🙂 If you’re still with me up to here, you freaking rock!

Here are some of the tips that I learned while at UPW that I wanted to share with you all so you can use it and really make 2017 your year!

If you really want to make a change in your life, you need to have a long term goal that you’re focusing on. Here’s where the formula below comes into play.

THE ULTIMATE SUCCESS FORMULA:

  1. What is it that you want to achieve? If what you’re focusing on isn’t getting you what you ultimately want, than you need to change your focus. You get what you focus on.
  2. Why is this goal a must? Understand what is giving you that internal pull forward in the direction of your goal. What will you achieve in the long run by going after this?
  3. Take massive action to achieve your goal. This means doing activities over and over again until you achieve what you want.
  4. Understand and know what you’re getting.
  5. Keep fine-tuning your approach until you reach your goals. And don’t forget to celebrate as you go! 🙂

When you understand why you want your goals, have a game plan and are creating the end results, you’ll achieve what you want, especially when you’re a 1000% committed. This is just the beginning.

One thing that I found that held me back in some aspects of my life were my limiting beliefs. This is the thing that I mentioned above, the story we tell ourselves that creates a negative or positive impact on our lives. An example of a limiting belief is, “I am not enough.” or “I don’t have the time.” or “I don’t have the resources.” This is just dumb self-talk. Seriously. In the end, negative limiting beliefs hurt you. To get rid of a limiting belief takes time, but it can be easily done.

HERE IS AN EXERCISE TO REPLACE A LIMITING BELIEF:

Look in the mirror and tell yourself one of your limiting beliefs in a mocking, childlike voice to make fun of your belief.  Then in a confident voice, say out loud, “This is bullshit-” and then tell yourself what the real truth is, what your real empowering belief is (this will replace the old one). Really believe what you’re saying.

After doing this, jump up and down and celebrate your new belief for a minute straight. Do this twice a day (until you feel your old belief is gone) and your new empowering belief will become a part of you. Good-bye negativity, good-bye limiting belief!

“It’s what you do in the dark that puts you in the light.”

These are just two ways to help detoxify aspects of your life to help you achieve what you want. These along with many other exercises from UPW really helped me define myself, my goals and find the fulfillment I was ultimately missing. You can’t achieve greatness if you stay in your comfort zone. 2017 and forward should be about replacing old habits/beliefs and going for what you truly want. You can do it!

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A little side note: I attended UPW twice because I wanted these new habits to be engrained in me so that I could be my ultimate best. In order to be extraordinary, you need to learn from someone who is successful and learn from their habits. To me, that person was Tony. Some of you may not know, Tony also came from a rough childhood, but didn’t let his story hold him back.

If you’re interested in reading more, I highly recommend “Unlimited Power” by Tony Robbins or purchasing a ticket to one of his upcoming UPW events. A lot of what was taught at UPW can be found in his book, but nothing beats experiencing the event live.

If you want lasting change, challenge yourself to be your absolute best, have a game plan and be ready to stretch yourself. How badly do you want 2017 to be your year? There is no better time than now to go after what you want. xoxo

ALSO HERE ARE SOME OF MY FAVOURITE READS 🙂

  1. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
  2. The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle
  3. Tools of Titans by Timothy Ferriss
  4. Millionaire Success Habits by Dean Graziosi
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