Style Profile – Teacher Edition: Laura Reynolds

Name: Laura Reynolds

Occupation: High School Teacher

Age: 41

Lifestyle: Working Single Mom

 

The Jacket FW17 in Black Crepe by Toronto label It Fitz Me!™; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label burfurtART

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

My days are packed and go at lightening speed. My son usually wakes me up and it’s coffee, get dressed, get him dressed and out the door.

 

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I teach close to home which is great because it means more time with my son and I have a great connection to the students and my community. I teach Photography and Media Arts so each day is different and filled with problem solving and creativity.

 

After school I may go to the gym for a workout. I have dinners with my mom (who lives with us) and my son. Then it’s a little down time, story time and some shut eye.

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

Obviously my son is the most important but I think that being able to be inspired by life and what is going on around me is important too.

 

Finding new ways to express this inspiration whether it’s through photography, art, teaching, cooking, whatever is essential.

 

Blue Peyton Purse by Toronto designer Jeanne Lottie

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

I would like to be remembered for my positive contribution in the lives of my students.

 

Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label Torched Studio

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

For me fashion is about expressing who I am while being super comfortable at the same time.

 

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I’ve experimented with different looks in my life but now that I’m in my 40s I know what makes me look good and goes with my professional yet bohemian vibe.

 

 

Describe your ideal outfit for fall!

 

Boots, Leggings, flowy blouse, and a cardigan. Oh and a killer boho bag.

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

I like that Fresh Collective carries a lot of Canadian Designers and environmentally friendly labels. The styles are always cutting edge and unique. They also have a wide range of sizes which cater to both the young set and the post baby older generation.

 

The Jacket FW17 in Black Crepe by Toronto label It Fitz Me!™; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label burfurtART

 

How long have you been working in the field of education and what is the most rewarding aspect of this career for you?

 

I have been a teacher for 10 years. The most rewarding part of my job is having a former student come to visit and share with me their successes in life.

 

Blue Peyton Purse by Toronto designer Jeanne Lottie

 

Often the students who come to visit me as adults were once at-risk students who struggled both at home and at school. It makes my heart happy to see them doing well and thriving.

 

Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label Torched Studio

 

How are you personally involved in helping students meet their goals and achieve success?

 

I enjoy teaching students Art and Photography because there is not the same kind of pressure as teaching the more academic subjects.

 

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I like to facilitate a learning experience for students where they can explore more about themselves and learn skills that not only will help them in their future careers but also build confidence and inner strength.

 

 

Clearance Sale at Pedestrian Sunday- TODAY

For over a decade now, Kensington Market has hosted Pedestrian Sundays on the last Sunday of the month, May through October, The streets are closed to cars and people take over! There’s dancing, games, music, food and lots of fun to be had. 

Today we’re having a BIG Clearance Sale with an extra 10% off ALL our sale items (which makes the Matt & Nat shoes, our featured product, 50% off!) 

Join us from 11 to 6 for fun in the sun and pick up some great deals!

To get more of a sense of the wonder and chaos of Pedestrian Sundays, here is a beautiful collection of photos by Carlos Bolivar of past Pedestrian Sundays.

Hope to see you there!

Style Profile: Andra Wochesen

Name: Andra Wochesen
Occupation: Life Purpose Coach and Reiki Practitioner
Age: 46
Lifestyle: As much nature, travel, tea and wine as possible!

 

Festival Maxi Dress in Golden Rod Print by Toronto label Mandala; Necklace by Toronto jewellery label Torched Studio

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

I start most days with an hour of power to align myself – some meditation, yoga, journalling – most important part of my day – connecting me to myself.

 

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I drink at least one giant mug of really good black tea, have some sort of kale smoothie and then head to the Bloor West Wellness Clinic to start my day working with amazing clients. I love what I do!

 

Tibouronia Tunic in Teal (also available in Black and Marsala!) by Toronto designer Jennifer Fukushima; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label burfurtART

 

What in your life is really important to you?

Connection with people I care about is so important – especially my husband and my cutie pie dog. My soul needs to be in nature as often as possible and I really need to be helping people in some way in the work that I do.

 

Tank top by Toronto designer Yasmine Louis; MES 2205 Layered Crop Pant by Montreal label Melow; Purse by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

Helping people connect to who they are at their core and how they want to express that in the world. My philosophy is that life is short and that we only have so much time to show up as our true selves and to do what we really love in the world – whether that’s a career or in other ways.

 

Classic Blue Jean Jacket by Montreal label Yoga JeansAnie Flard Skirt in Periwinkle (also available in Black and Teal!) by Quebec label MOOVment Design; Margaret Clutch and Crossbody Purse in Raspberry by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

I love fashion – always have. I like feeling that the outside matches the inside of who I am. My previous careers were as a Phys.Ed teacher and then Pilates instructor so it’s so fun now to be able to dress up a little bit in my work as a coach!

 

High Rise Skinny Jeans – 30″ Inseam in Raisin (also available in other colours!) by Montreal label Yoga Jeans; Greta Work Tote in Black by Markham label Pixie Mood; Laser cut Cherry Wood necklace by Squamish, BC label Birch Street Studio

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

Fresh Collective is one of those stores, I could spend hours in! So many choices and really cool pieces. The staff is great – they really want you to feel good in what you’re wearing. I love every piece I’ve gotten so far!

 

Festival Maxi Dress in Golden Rod Print by Toronto label Mandala; Necklace by Toronto jewellery label Torched Studio

 

Like so many of the women we’ve featured on our blog, you left your career as a teacher in order to pursue a career as a Life Purpose Coach. What motivated you to make that transition?

I guess it really comes back to the philosophy I mentioned above. I felt like life was too short to be doing something that I didn’t totally love. There were elements of course that I enjoyed, like working with my health classes on life skills.

 

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I’ve pulled what I loved in the teaching world into the work I do now and added a spiritual component. It doesn’t feel like work – just feels like what I’m meant to do!

 

Tibouronia Tunic in Teal (also available in Black and Marsala!) by Toronto designer Jennifer Fukushima; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label burfurtART

 

What do you have that you want to promote?

If anyone reading this is feeling a bit lost or looking for direction – career or personally, then I’d invite you to book a Life Purpose Breakthrough Session with me. It’s complimentary and is a chance for us to spend some time together to see where you are, what you’re looking for and if I can support you. And then we can go from there!

 

Anie Flard Skirt in Periwinkle (also available in Black and Teal!) by Quebec label MOOVment Design; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto jewellery designer burfurtART

 

What does a typical Life Purpose Coaching session look like? What are your general objectives when working with clients?

 

Every coaching session is unique to each individual and I tend to coach in the moment to whatever is present for the client. We generally have a path for our work together so we are always working towards the outcomes the client wants to achieve.

 

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In a session, it could be powerful questions to help with clarity or tools and activities to get people into action. Sometimes it’s releasing what is no longer serving the client (fear, doubt, insecurities) and that can be done through conversation, meditative processes or energy work. It’s an amazing, collaborative process!

 

Tank top by Toronto designer Yasmine Louis; MES 2205 Layered Crop Pant by Montreal label Melow; Purse by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

What are some of the most common challenges clients come to you with?

Most people come in looking for clarity on what’s next for them in their lives – it could be vocational or may be more on a personal level. Very often it’s a combination of both.

 

People who are wanting to figure out their purpose and looking to find more happiness and fulfillment in their lives. Also to have a strong sense of self and a confidence to move forward.

 

High Rise Skinny Jeans – 30″ Inseam in Raisin (also available in other colours!) by Montreal label Yoga Jeans; Greta Work Tote in Black by Markham label Pixie Mood; Laser cut Cherry Wood necklace by Squamish, BC label Birch Street Studio

 

Is there anything else we should know about you?

 

That I’m truly passionate about elephants. I just think they’re amazing! I sponsor a couple in Africa and I plan on visiting them someday soon!

 

Where can people find you on social media?

 

Facebook: AwakenYourInspiration

LinkedIn: Andra Wochesen

Twitter: @1971inspired

Website: http://andrawochesen.com/contact-us/

Back to Reality In Style! Fall Wardrobe Makeover Giveaway!

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You bring in some of your favourite pieces from your closet that you’d like to get more wear out of, and we use items from the store to experiment and try new things. 

Our Style Coaches educate you on what silhouettes, colours, necklines, fabrics and styles work best for you and why.

And during this consultation, we know you might fall in love with a few pieces to take home. 

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Style Profile – Happy Healthy Women Edition: Lisa Hardess

Name: Lisa Hardess
Occupation: Consultant and Coach
Age: 43 🙂
Lifestyle: Stay centered, have fun, give love and go, go, go!!

 

Jennifer Tee in Purple (made from organic cotton and bamboo and also available in Black and Charcoal) designed by Fresh Collective’s very own Palette by Laura-Jean; Laura Skirt in Glasses Print (also available in other prints!) designed by Fresh Collective’s in-house label, Palette by Laura-Jean

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

My day starts early with some ‘me time’ for meditation, affirmations and yoga. This may or may not be interrupted by my two boys who can also be early risers, but it’s a great start to a busy day. I walk my kids to school and on the way home like to listen to an inspirational audio and transition into work mode.

 

 

My work day takes place while the boys are at school, so I need to be very focused to get my things done in this 5-6 hour window! This looks like a combination of teaching webinars to clients, one-on-one laser coaching calls, attending networking groups (like Happy Healthy Women!), keeping up with emails and my marketing.

 

After work / school it’s a combination of family time, sports and homework, and all the busyness that goes along with kids, dinner-times and bedtimes! Then it’s some downtime reading or talking with my husband, checking in with email…and that’s a wrap!

 

Flower Garden Dress in Blue (also available in other prints, colours and styles!) by LA label Eva Rose; Necklace by Toronto label Torched Studio

 

What in your life is really important to you?

Remembering to notice and appreciate the good things in your life – small and big – are really important to me. I was very sick in my early 20s and know what it’s like to learn to walk again and it changed my perspective forever on what it means to ‘stop and smell the flowers’.

 

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And finding harmony in life is important to me – not balance because I think there is never perfect balance – but rather harmony where the elements of our life work well together at that time. There are times in life (your days, your months, your years) when one area needs more attention than others and acknowledging and accepting this ebb and flow is one of the keys to staying happy.

 

Vogue Dress by Montreal label Cherry Bobin; Brass necklace by Torched Studio

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

Helping people become better at being their true selves, who they were meant to be, and doing what they love to do – for helping them see the beauty and awesomeness inside and letting it grow and shine! With everyone, from my clients, to my family and my children.

 

Flower Garden Dress in Ivory (also available in other prints, colours and styles!) by LA label Eva Rose; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label burfurtART

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

Fashion is a great way to express yourself! I work from home most of the time so I am often in jeans and a shirt or sweater. I only wear yoga pants when I’m actually going to yoga 😉

 

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When I go out I like to dress the part based on the audience or event so I can go for a classic suit look with a blouse, dark jeans with a stylish top, or a nice dress. It’s important to me that I feel comfortable (physically) and confident (emotionally) in my fashion choices!

 

Flower Garden Dress in Ivory (also available in other prints, colours and styles!) by LA label Eva Rose; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label burfurtART

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

I love that they feature Canadian designers! And that the focus is on selling confidence and self expression through fashion – it’s not just about a skirt or a top but finding the right one for who you are and how you feel. The clothes are beautiful and trendy (without being so trendy you know you’ll never wear it again) for all shapes and sizes.

 

 

Marla Keyhole Shirt in Red Chambray (also available in other colours and prints) by Toronto label Mandala; High Rise Skinny Alexa Jeans in Destroyed Medium Blue by Montreal label Lola Jeans

 

Before becoming a business coach, you led quite an exciting life as a First Nations community planner! What inspired you to transition into coaching?

Yes, I spent about 14 years working with First Nations all across Canada on things like community vision, quality of life, climate change adaptation – so many incredible projects and people, and so much that I learned over these years. Not to mention the amazing places in Canada I was so fortunate to visit.

 

Jennifer Tee in Purple (made from organic cotton and bamboo and also available in Black and Charcoal) designed by Fresh Collective’s very own Palette by Laura-Jean; Laura Skirt in Glasses Print (also available in other prints!) designed by Fresh Collective’s in-house label, Palette by Laura-Jean

In virtually all of this work, I also considered myself a teacher or a coach – to the people on the project teams and to the community members we worked with. Unlike a city planning project, in the First Nations, there was almost never a planning department or planner to take on the project when we were ‘done’ and so mentoring and coaching was built right into the work we did together.

 

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I transitioned into consulting and coaching entrepreneurs (as opposed to communities) because I wanted to work in a more direct way with people and help them to create quantum leaps in their life and their family’s lives right now. The layers of politics and bureaucracy, and of course, the historical traumas and healing process, are such that community change requires a long view of success.

 

I also made the transition to be able to spend more time with my family. So much of what I did in this chapter of my life I now do with entrepreneurs: identifying your vision, creating worthy goals, writing these in ways your subconscious will believe and support, celebrating your gifts and strengths, creating routines and habits that support success, listening, asking good questions… And now I get to help other women create the life of their dreams!

 

Flower Garden Dress in Blue (also available in other prints, colours and styles!) by LA label Eva Rose; Necklace by Toronto label Torched Studio

What do you have that you want to promote?

As part of my consulting practice I facilitate an amazing program called Thinking Into Results that is based on over 50 years of research into human growth, potential, and creating permanent change. I was trained (and am certified) by Bob Proctor, an incredible leader in this field who is regarded as one of the pioneer masters of the Law of Attraction.

 

The work that I do is about exercising and changing your mind at a deep level. We get to the root cause of success by changing paradigms – the mental programs that live in our subconscious minds that are a multitude of habits and beliefs.

 

Vogue Dress by Montreal label Cherry Bobin; Brass necklace by Torched Studio

 

Think of your mind like a computer that is controlling everything in your life. Some programs are working well but others are out-of-date, software needs an upgrade, and a virus code here and there.

 

Clients say that it works because it’s a way of life, not only a 6 month program. What they learn changes how they think, feel, and act in every areas of their lives. And whatever the focus of the work – the big goal – going in, as one area starts to shift and change and get better so do the others!

 

Flower Garden Dress in Ivory (also available in other prints, colours and styles!) by LA label Eva Rose; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label burfurtART

 

As a consultant with the Proctor Gallagher Institute, you teach Thinking Into Results to help individuals and their businesses grow and thrive. What makes this methodology so successful?

 

Thinking Into Results shares lessons from the best of great teachers – Napolean Hill, Earl Nightengale, Maxwell Maltz, Wallace Wattle – and teaches them in a clear, organized and relatable way. How many people have read the book Think and Grow Rich but then not really figured out how to apply it to their life, for example?

 

Marla Keyhole Shirt in Red Chambray (also available in other colours and prints) by Toronto label Mandala; High Rise Skinny Alexa Jeans in Destroyed Medium Blue by Montreal label Lola Jeans

 

What I love about Thinking Into Results is how well each of our 12 lessons link and lead into each other – and how practical it is. When you finishing the ‘Knowing-Doing Gap’ lesson, for example, (why don’t we do what we know how to do??) we give you clear steps to take to identify non-productive habits and reframe these into productive ones.

 

It’s actionable!

 

And it has helped thousands of people all over the world, in all different situations and professions, create incredible changes in their lives. Thinking Into Results, with its combination of home-study and personal accountability and support, gives people the right information and tools to unleash their incredible potential, and create a thriving business and life full of love and joy!

 

Marla Keyhole Shirt in Red Chambray (also available in other colours and prints) by Toronto label Mandala; High Rise Skinny Alexa Jeans in Destroyed Medium Blue by Montreal label Lola Jeans

 

Could you describe to us what a typical coaching session with you might look like?

When I first meet with someone I really just want to get to know them and listen to what they want – their goals, how they feeling things are going, and what is holding them back. I know I can help people get moving in the direction of their dreams and goals, and break past terror barriers if they are willing and able. I have been there and I know how it feels – and how amazing it is when you move forward!

 

Marla Keyhole Shirt in Red Chambray (also available in other colours and prints) by Toronto label Mandala; High Rise Skinny Alexa Jeans in Destroyed Medium Blue by Montreal label Lola Jeans

My approach to Thinking Into Results is a combination of self-study, group study and one-on- one sessions. Self-study every day keeps you in the right mindset, the right vibration and creates the repetition that you need to really change and make things happen!

 

Group webinars reinforce the lessons, and allow for group question and answer time – and build that mastermind effect when minds come together to share and create.

 

The one-on-one time gives my clients the chance to connect when they are feeling stuck or at key “ah-ha” moments. Wrap this all together and you have an incredibly transformational experience that will change your business and your life forever.

 

Vogue Dress by Montreal label Cherry Bobin; Brass necklace by Torched Studio

 

Is there anything else we should know about you?

I spent years humming and hawing about really going for my big goals, losing confidence and worrying I’d never make it happen. And then I made the decision to go for it, and I reached out to people for help, hired my own coaches, and put myself out there. And there is nothing special about me, or my clients – we can all do it!! Make your life’s journey the best it can possibly be.

 

Jennifer Tee in Purple (made from organic cotton and bamboo and also available in Black and Charcoal) designed by Fresh Collective’s very own Palette by Laura-Jean; Laura Skirt in Glasses Print (also available in other prints!) designed by Fresh Collective’s in-house label, Palette by Laura-Jean

 

I think as entrepreneurs we ‘get it’ that our own personal thoughts, beliefs and success, and the success of our business, are intertwined. Olympics athletes work with coaches to help them perform at their absolute best. Find someone who can support and coach you as you grow – you’ll be glad you did!

 

Where can people find you on social media?

 

You can find me on
Facebook: Hardessplanning
LinkedIn: lisahardess

Style Profile – Darou Wellness Edition: Barbara Poczyniak

Name: Barbara Poczyniak

Occupation: Registered Acupuncturist, Arvigo® Therapy Practitioner

Age: 46

Lifestyle: Healthy with a solid dose of realistic

 

Shift 17 Dress in Yellow by Toronto label Studio Fresh; Handmade necklace by Toronto designer Torched Studio

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

I start every day with a cup of hot water and a 1 hour walk, preferably around one of the city parks in my neighborhood. I call it my walking meditation time, and the best routes include lots of trees.

 

 

After breakfast my day starts, practicing at one of the two clinics I work at. My work schedule often runs into the early evenings and Saturdays, so I try to fit in errands and some ‘fun time’ wherever I can.

 

I like to relax by cooking complicated and slightly messy meals, which usually only happens on weekends.

 

Posey Dress in Blue Doodle Art Print by Toronto label Mandala; Erica Ombre Crossbody Purse in Nude (also available in Ocean!) by Markham label Pixie Mood; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label Torched Studio

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

My friends, my family, my guy, my cat. Everything else can be replaced.

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

Being an honest, genuine person that treats everyone equally and with compassion.

 

Fizz Dress in Blue by Toronto label Mandala; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto designer burtfurtART

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

I know what makes me feel beautiful and its no longer as much about following every new fashion. I find the styles and shapes that get my attention and look good on me have always been around and are pretty timeless.

 

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Except hats – it’s no holds barred when it comes to hats.

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

I love the mix of Canadian designers and finding really unique pieces that will fit with things I already own.

 

Laura Skirt in Jellyfish Print (also available in other prints!) designed by Fresh Collective’s very own Palette by Laura-Jean; Alexie 3/4 Top in Periwinkle (also available in other colours!) by Montreal label MOOVment Design; Pailey Saddle Crossbody Bag in Black by Markham label Pixie Mood; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label burfurtART

 

For those unfamiliar with the practice, what is Arvigo Therapy and what are its benefits?

 

Arvigo® Therapy – also known as the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® – is still relatively new in Canada, there are a small number of practitioners located in Toronto and in other parts of the country.

 

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The techniques are an external, non-invasive massage for the abdomen and lower back areas. It is a gentle and effective therapy to support your reproductive and digestive health. It stimulates circulation of lymph, nerve and blood flow within the abdominal area. This massage is deeply relaxing and can help encourage a clearing of both physical and emotional congestion.

 

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It is based on the traditional Maya practice of uterine massage, but also includes specialized naprapathic techniques developed by Dr. Rosita Arvigo. It is based on her studies with the traditional healers of Belize, who thought the uterus to be a woman’s centre, and ultimately believed that “if a woman’s uterus is out of balance – so is she”.

 

For more information on Dr. Rosita Arvigo and the origins of this therapy, please visit www.arvigotherapy.com

 

Viv Tie Tee in Red (also available in other colours!) by Toronto label Mandala; Dee Pencil Skirt in Black/White Scratch by Mandala

 

How long have you worked at Darou Wellness and what do you love most about being a part of this wonderful community of female health practitioners?

 

I’ve practiced in Toronto for several years, and this is my first year at Darou Wellness. I really appreciate the warm, supportive atmosphere along with the strong network of talented practitioners.

 

I love the fact that healthcare and wellness are approached from many different angles, including naturopathic medicine, mind/body techniques, nutritional counselling and manual therapies. The Arvigo® Therapy concept of optimizing the circulation and flow of blood and lymph in the abdomen works wonderfully alongside these other therapies.

 

Shift 17 Dress in Yellow by Toronto label Studio Fresh; Handmade necklace by Toronto designer Torched Studio

 

What do you have that you want to promote?

 

I love to promote my work with Arvigo® Therapy! I feel this to be a real solution for women with health issues that originate at the body’s core, the abdomen or the reproductive system. This actually covers a lot of various issues – you may be surprised at how many aspects of your body’s health are in fact linked up to whats going on in the abdominal area.

 

Posey Dress in Blue Doodle Art Print by Toronto label Mandala; Erica Ombre Crossbody Purse in Nude (also available in Ocean!) by Markham label Pixie Mood; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto label Torched Studio

 

Recently I travelled to the US to learn the Advanced Level Pregnancy techniques of Arvigo® Therapy. These are modified to safely treat women at all stages of pregnancy – from pre-conception to post partum.

 

Post partum health is a huge area of interest for me, as how a woman recovers and rebuilds her body after pregnancy can really affect her health later in life. It is a very important part of traditional medicine wisdom, and is only now just becoming more acknowledged in westernized countries.

 

Fizz Dress in Blue by Toronto label Mandala; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto designer burtfurtART

 

What is your clinical focus as an acupuncturist and Arvigo Therapist?

 

My goal is to help women feel better, get healthy and create new possibilities! I work with many women who are trying to conceive, naturally or with IUI or IVF. Not all my clients are trying to get pregnant however.

 

I also see many women for reproductive issues such as endometriosis, ovarian cysts, fibroids, abnormal uterine bleeding or prolapses as well as digestive issues such as IBS.

 

Viv Tie Tee in Red (also available in other colours!) by Toronto label Mandala; Dee Pencil Skirt in Black/White Scratch by Mandala

 

Arvigo® Therapy is also recommended for pregnant clients, gently preparing them for labour and also as a traditional method of recovery post partum. Using Acupuncture (along with other Chinese Medicine modalities such as cupping) and Arvigo® Therapy together gives me the opportunity to offer so much to my clients.

 

Is there anything else we should know about you?

 

I’m happy to answer any questions about Arvigo® Therapy and/or Acupuncture – to explain more on how it works and to help someone decide if this is the right therapy approach for them.

 

Darou Wellness contact: (416) 214-9251

 

Viv Tie Tee in Red (also available in other colours!) by Toronto label Mandala; Dee Pencil Skirt in Black/White Scratch by Mandala

 

Where can people find you on social media?

 

Darou Wellness clinic website and appointment bookings: darouwellness.com

 

Clinic Facebook page: @DarouWellness

 

Blog: http://www.vitalbloomwellness.com/journal

 

Style Profile – Darou Wellness Edition: Dr. Hilary Chambers, ND

Name: Hilary Chambers
Occupation: Naturopathic Doctor
Lifestyle: Busy urbanite

 

Jessica Tee in White (made from organic cotton and bamboo and also available in Cardinal Red, Black and Blue Dusk) designed by Fresh Collective’s very own Palette by Laura-Jean; Laura Skirt in Food Trucks Print (also available in a multitude of other prints!) by Palette by Laura-Jean; Cedric Necklace in Kalamalka by Toronto label Ugly Bunny; Abiko Clutch Handbag in Koala (also available in Black!) by Montreal label Matt & Nat

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

I work at Darou Wellness seeing patients six days per week, so my days are usually centred around my practice. When I’m not at work, I always find time for a tea with friends, exploring the city, a quick workout, and lots and lots of meal prep!

 

Cat Print Dress; Bonaventure Sneakers in White (also available in Black) by Montreal label Matt & Nat

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

My patients are extremely important to me. I want them to feel well cared for, and know that as their healthcare practitioner I’m as invested in their health as they are!

 

 

Outside from work, balance is a huge theme in my life – I always strive for balancing being healthy with having indulgences, working lots with having fun, being busy with finding time for relaxation. I think this is a lifelong challenge, but it’s so important for finding happiness.

 

Lipstick Print Dress; Alaya Crossbody Purse/Clutch in Apricot by Montreal label Matt & Nat

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

Being genuine, always striving to be better than yesterday, and for being dedicated to making my family, friends, and patients happier and healthier.

 

Gloria Flip Skirt in Teal (also available in Black and Purple); Vivette Tee in Plum/Olive Watermark Print (also available in other colours!) by Toronto label Mandala

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

I love to express myself through fashion, and my wardrobe really reflects the different roles I have in my life. I often go from business professional, to hipster exploring the city, to workout gear, to chic date night outfit all in one day. I always want to look as good on the outside as I feel on the inside :).

 

Queen West Dress in Black by Toronto label FunkD; Handcrafted necklace from Toronto label Ugly Bunny; Erica Ombre Crossbody Purse in Nude (also available in Ocean) by Markham label Pixie Mood

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

I love supporting local businesses and local designers. Fresh does an amazing job of sourcing beautiful, unique pieces that can augment anyone’s wardrobe.

What do you have that you want to promote?

 

I’m a Naturopathic Doctor working in the Queen West area of Toronto at the Darou Wellness clinic. One service that I’d like to promote which I now provide is IV (intravenous) nutrient therapy to patients.

 

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IV therapy allows us to provide a higher dose of vitamins and minerals directly into the body that we wouldn’t otherwise be able to achieve through nutrition and supplements. This is especially helpful for people with high-demand, busy lifestyles who want to perform at their best.

 

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IV therapy provides a great energy boost, supports mood, boosts the immune system (great if you’re getting sick!), helps healing and recovery from injury, surgery, and marathon/high-intensity athletic training, and so much more. Check out the Darou Wellness website more info. Appointments are available online.

 

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What is your clinical focus as a Naturopathic Doctor? What is the nature of your approach with your patients?

I have a clinical focus in treating digestion (such as IBS, bloating, SIBO, indigestion) and autoimmune disease (such as Crohn’s, colitis, RA, and Hashimoto’s) in my practice.

 

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My approach is strictly evidence-based, meaning I use lab testing to develop a targeted treatment plan, and I only prescribe treatments that have quality research studies to support their use.

 

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It’s also very important to me that my patients are in control of their own health, so I spend a lot of time teaching my patients about what their test results mean, why they’re not feeling well, and how our treatment plan will improve their health.

 

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What first attracted you to the study and pursuit of a career in Naturopathic Medicine?

Through my own health journey, I learned the profound impact of treating the underlying cause of health conditions with natural supplements, nutrition, and lifestyle recommendations.

 

As a Naturopathic Doctor, I love that I have the privilege of spending the necessary time with my patients to learn every aspect of their health so that I can treat the whole person and address the underlying cause of health conditions. In my experience, this is the best way to achieve true health and wellness.

 

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What do you love most about working at Darou Wellness? What do you feel sets this clinic apart from others?

Darou Wellness has an amazing team of healthcare practitioners who work together to provide the highest quality of care and support for our patients. We provide everything from IV therapy, to psychotherapy, to physiotherapy and everything in between so that our patients are well cared for in every aspect of their health.

 

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Is there anything else we should know about you?

I absolutely love public speaking (wild, right?), so I provide health seminars for Toronto businesses and groups. If you are part of a networking group, have a corporate wellness program, or lunch and learn series at work, I would be happy to connect with you about booking a health seminar.

 

You can find more info on my Corporate Wellness Toronto website: https://corporatewellnesstoronto.com/

 

Where can people find you on social media?

 

Twitter: @HilaryND

Meet Clare Kenty- A Fresh Collective Role Model for 2017!

~ a conversation between Laura-Jean, CEO and Founder of Fresh Collective and Clare Kenty, a Fresh Collective Role Model

Clare, you’re so amazing to be around! I always feel great energy in your presence. Is that a side effect of the career you’ve chosen? Or is that kind of energy something that comes naturally to you?

That’s so sweet! I think it’s a combination of loving my work and taking care of myself so that I’m able to emit that kind of energy. It’s really important for me to be my best self, especially when it comes to my work and my business so I do what’s necessary to be my best self or figure out what I need to do in order to be that version of myself.

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Tell us about your work- you do Coaching, Reiki and your Womb Wellness Program. How do those areas work together?

Yes, I’m an Integrative Health Coach and I also offer Reiki and a program for Womb Wellness. They all intermingle a little which I love. My coaching is a part of everything I do, even in a Reiki session, my coaching skills are a great advantage in how I work with clients. The Womb Wellness program is actually a combination of the two. I use coaching and Reiki for clients in that program.

How did you arrive at this career?

Honestly, all of the work I do is a result of my own personal healing journey. My interest and eventual love for health and wellness began with me searching for ways to feel better in my body. I was teaching ESL in South Korea at the time and felt really lethargic. I made a few changes to my diet, saw almost immediate improvement and it grew from there.

When I moved to Toronto I went back to school and became a Certified Integrative Health Coach. Not too long after that I found myself feeling the need to deepen my relationship with energy healing and the opportunity to learn Reiki presented itself.

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Even the Womb Wellness Program is a direct result of my own healing journey. I experienced a miscarriage a few years ago and in an effort to do the work to heal, I dove into the world of womb healing and found that others were interested in doing the same. Womb Wellness 101 and the Womb Wellness program were born out of my own experience and now it’s something that combines both my coaching experience and my energy healing practice.

Do you find the business side of your work challenging? Or fun? What do you do to find clients and build your business?

Not at all. I find the business side to be quite fun. I mean getting down to the numbers around tax time isn’t my favourite thing to do but I’m super passionate about it because it’s my business and if I don’t do the work, it won’t flourish. I enjoy the responsibility of it actually. I find myself being quite old school when it comes to clients and building business. I enjoy marketing through social media but there’s nothing like word of mouth.

You recently lost your father and you shared quite openly on social media about that journey. Did you learn anything you can share with us about dealing with sadness and loss?

There have been so many lessons (I wrote about a few of them in a blog). I’ve experienced my own death and rebirth in these past few months. The only thing I can say is that each person will have their own process and they will have to honour that. My experience with my Dad’s passing and my relationship with the grief and the loss looks different to that of others, even within my own family. No two people will respond the same way.

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In my experience I find it really important to do the work. By that I mean taking the time to feel whatever it is that comes up, to sit with it and to work with it. I consider myself lucky in the sense that I was able to press pause and really explore all of the emotions that came up for me. Grief is so interesting, it’s not just the person you grieve, but your relationship with them and all that you went through together. There’s so much that comes up when someone close to us passes. It’s important to do the work and honour yourself as you explore.

I made a conscious choice to share my journey. I really feel that as a society we’re not transparent. We encourage one another to share the celebrations and the successes, we filter out anything negative which causes isolation and suffering in challenging times and that can be very problematic. I absolutely felt alone in grieving my father, I still do in some respects and so I wanted to do what I could to help others not to feel the same way.

It was very hard sharing my pain so publicly, it still is, no matter what aspect of my life I’m talking about, if I’ve been through something heavy, it’s challenging to share, we’re all afraid of judgement and ridicule. But I truly believe that the more we share what’s really happening in our lives, the more we can unify as a community and support one another and the less we’ll need to suffer alone.

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I know you’ve had your own battles with anxiety, like so many of us. Can you share a bit about that and some solutions you’ve found?

Anxiety has been present in my life since I was bullied in high school. It wasn’t until I was in my mid to late 20s that I really started to look at it and find holistic ways to heal. I’ve been on medication, I’ve seen therapists, but the thing that has helped me the most is working with my anxiety rather than against it. Doing so reminds me to slow down, to step back and to gain some perspective. Now I treat my anxiety like a friend, I want to understand and explore it instead of shutting it down or ignoring it.

Self care has been huge in my healing journey, not just with anxiety. I make it a point to have baths, to get out in nature, to take time off from work and to generally look after myself be it by eating well, reducing stress or making time for my relationships. Reiki has also been a huge tool in minimizing my anxiety. Both receiving Reiki and practicing it.

Understanding my triggers, being present in what I’m feeling and asking why I’m feeling what I’m feeling is another thing that’s helped me tremendously. We tend to not want to feel anything that isn’t positive while we look outside of ourselves for solutions. We need to feel our feelings rather than ignore them. Without sounding cliche, the answers to what we’re looking for are often found within when we look inwards and do the work.

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I know you’re big on the mind body connection. What effect does what we eat have on our moods and outlook on life?

Our bodies are our vessels. They carry us through life, pretty similar to the way a car takes us from place to place. If one doesn’t keep that car in good condition it will break down or at the least not work the way it should. Our bodies are the same.

When we don’t feed our bodies what they need to work optimally, they won’t work as well as they could. Eating foods that lack nutrients and denying our bodies the nutrition it needs has consequences. This could show up as having a lack of energy for example. Symptoms could include headaches, mood swings, migraines, fatigue etc. We may not think about it at the time but this most definitely affects our mood.

Can you tell us more about the Womb Wellness Program and what clients can expect to experience?

Essentially the Womb Wellness Program is a coaching program. All of my coaching programs provide the space and the support for you to do your work, to explore the deeper parts of ourselves and do what’s required to heal. We work from a holistic view point, meaning that together we look at all aspects of life to find balance and optimal living for you.

Womb Wellness Program is a program unlike any other. It has been designed for women who want to deepen their relationship to their womb, go within and heal what lies in that space. Symbolically, the womb is a container and holds everything from our traumas to our triumphs. Everything we experience, from this life and previously (if you’re open to go there) lies within our womb.

This is not a program about fertility. It is a coaching program created to support those who are ready to go deep within their womb space, to face whatever may be there. I love this quote from Nicole Angela “Womb healing is the act of consciously entering this space with the intention to heal with lies within”. This program supports and guides clients through what comes up and further supports this journey with Reiki.

Clients can expect to explore parts of themselves not seen before and find strength they never knew they had. We will journey into the shadows and work with what’s there to release and heal. We work with nutrition, energy healing (Reiki), and coaching, we also explore what’s working and what isn’t working in life so that change can take place.

Clients learn sustainable and supportive tools that they can use going forward after the program and I am right there with them to cheerlead, assist and guide the whole way through. I know from experience that although the work is ours and no one can do it for us, it’s much easier to do that work with support.

Do you have anything fun planned coming up- whether on the personal side or in your business?

Personally, I’m enjoying the summer with my love and continuing to work my way through my grief. It’s only been four months since he passed so it’s still very fresh.

Within my practice there’s lots happening! Womb Wellness 101 is having a workshop in September focusing on Body Love which I’m super excited about as it celebrates our beautiful bodies and also gets us to explore or relationship with them.

I am also partnering with Cue Kirk, a phenomenal Toronto Dub Poet to offer Open Truth, a explorative healing workshop using poetry. Participants can learn skills in both writing and performing poetry as they use experiences from their lives. That begins in September too.

Later on in the year I’ll be offering the Womb Wellness Group Program where a group of women will gather to dig deep, do the work and support one another together. There’s such strength and power in community, I’m looking forward to facilitating this one, it’s going to be really powerful.

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