Fierce Females: Crystal Lee

Crystal-Lee

What is it that empowers you most?
I am a grounded person because of my spirituality. It connects me in a meaningful way to people, events and myself. Through that connection I feel a call to action to live responsibly, speak my truth and follow my heart.

What is it that you love most about yourself?
Living with my heart open is what I love most about myself. It’s a challenge that I make consciously everyday. It takes a lot of strength to knowingly choose the higher road in situations that could easily turn into anger, fear or a number of other negative emotions. Staying open hearted always brings me through my life situations in a beautiful way and enhances my life.

What makes you feel most beautiful?
Big comfortable blankets make me feel beautiful. When I am comfortable, warm and happy it is the best feeling in the world. When I am happy I feel like my smile is 10,000 miles long and it’s beautiful.

Who is your biggest role model and why?
Gandhi had a huge influence over me as a young adult. I feel that his teachings and more so the way he lived his life promoted courage, an intense amount of resilience, and selflessness for the purpose of a cause. Seeing what he and others have accomplished with a minimal amount of resources shows the power of the human spirit.

Who are your favourite cultural heroines and why?
Coco Chanel. I saw a film on her and she rocked my world. She created the pants look for women. She bent to no one. She took risks. I loved her for this.

 

“My biggest life goal is to impact individuals in a powerful way with my songs.”

 

If you could pick one fictional female character to be for a day who would it be and why?
If I could be a fictional female character for a day it would be Alice from Alice in Wonderland. I have always loved that story and would love to see what wonderland is like. It’s pure imagination. It would be impossibly fun to take on the Jabberwocky or to play croquet with the Red Queen.

What is your biggest life goal?
My biggest life goal is to impact individuals in a powerful way with my songs. To be a voice that reaches someone at the right time, in the right way to give them a feeling or an inspiration that improves their moment. Eventually my goal is to work full time writing a recording my music and spending time working with other artists around the world with the craft of songwriting.

What is your biggest accomplishment?
My biggest accomplishment with my career, is releasing my first EP “Drive” with Grey’s Fool. It was a songwriting project that I started with a friend that grew into an amazing year of studio work, travel and performing. The record features Grammy nominated musicians and sound engineering. I could not be prouder.

What is your favourite quote?
“You already have everything you need to succeed”. I heard this quote from a spiritual teacher and it haunts me. Every time I think that I need this or that to accomplish a goal, that quote is whispered in my ear then I find another way of accomplishing the goal.

If you could tell your 12 year old self one thing what would it be?
I would tell my 12 year old self “You are okay and you are loved”.

What does feminism mean to you?
Feminism to me means that as a species human beings are allowing the barriers to fall and the blocks that our minds put up based on physical identifiers are moving into a thing of the past. Men and Women are capable of so much greatness. Equal means equal. Equally capable of succeeding and equally capable of failing. I think it is amazing that we have a word to define the command for equality. I see everyone as equal.

Crystal Lee Morgan is a Singer/Songwriter from California and Hawaii.
Connect with Crystal Lee: Website / Facebook / Twitter / YouTube

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Fierce Females: Kristy

Kristy

What is it that empowers you most?
What empowers me the most is knowing that I am truly capable of doing and accomplishing anything I set my mind to. And also that I have the power to choose what that is.

What is it that you love most about yourself?
I don’t know if you ever need to love just one thing about yourself. Not just as a woman but as a human being I have many pros and cons, positive traits and flaws, ups and downs. What is important is that through my life I’ve learned to love myself, as is, in this moment and every moment. We have to learn to love what we are throughout any situation or journey.

What makes you feel most beautiful?
What makes me feel most beautiful is just being myself. In society we’ve succumbed to trying to always be something else or change what is.

I feel beautiful when I am embracing all that I am and doing things that I love. In those moments I flourish the most and I think that’s when I radiate the most beauty.

Who is your biggest role model and why?
My biggest role model is the world around me and everyone in it. Everyone I surround myself with whether it is intentional or not inspires me in a different way. My mother inspires me to be a good partner to the love of my life and mother to my future children. My father inspires me to strive for excellence and to never be afraid to fight for what I want and believe in. My sister inspires me to love myself wholeheartedly and follow my dreams. My friends inspire me to be who I am and cherish my individuality. My boyfriend inspires me to go after anything I set my mind to and inspires me to feel beautiful inside and out. I am inspired daily and constantly from everyone and everything, sometimes without even realizing it.

Who are your favourite cultural heroines and why?
One of my favourite cultural heroines is Taylor Swift. She proves that a woman in today’s world can be wildly successful and still remain humbled. She not only has creative strengths, but business strengths as well and still knows how to give back and show love to others around her.

 

“My biggest accomplishment is just becoming the person that I am today.”

 

If you could pick one fictional female character to be for a day who would it be and why?
My love of music brought me to starting a music blog and my love of dance has left me missing performing and being on a stage. I think for one day, living the life of a female musician performing a concert on stage would be a dream. A lot of young girls grow up wanting to be a “ballerina” and a “rock star”; I think it would be amazing to fulfill this dream side of my life for one day.

What is your biggest life goal?
My biggest life goal is to have found the path that I was meant to go down. I am still struggling and deciding what I want to do with my life, but I know it involves owning my own company and something creative. I want to wake up happy every single day, loving what I do and sharing my life with the people I love. Happy and healthy; I don’t need much more than that.

What is your biggest accomplishment?
My biggest accomplishment is just becoming the person that I am today. There are many things I am grateful for and proud of that have happened in my life but I am most proud of becoming a young woman in today’s society and being proud of who I am. I have learnt to be comfortable in my own skin and to fight for things that matter to me all while also being responsible and thinking about my future. If I can keep all of those things on track then I feel accomplished.

What is your favourite quote?
One of my favourite quotes is by E.E. Cummings:

“Let it go. Let them go. Let all go. So comes love.”

If you could tell your 12 year old self one thing what would it be?I would tell my 12 year old self to stop trying to grow up so fast. My whole adolescent life I wanted to be older and gravitated to people older than myself. I would love to go back and truly enjoy every single day in that moment rather than always trying to get to what was next.

What does feminism mean to you?
Feminism to me means that there are no differences, no hindrances, no limitations between man and woman. We are all worthy and all equal of receiving the same opportunities and experiences.

Kristy is a music blogger in Winnipeg, Canada.
Connect with Kristy: Blog / Facebook

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Fierce Females: Nikki

Nikki

What is it that empowers you most?
I think I feel most empowered when I’m doing what I love. It gives me a sense of purpose and allows my gifts to shine. More than anything, I think empowerment comes from a sense of mental freedom. There are many times in life when we feel like we have lost our power. Empowerment to me simply means remembering that our power was never lost, just forgotten. In this moment, we have the ability to take back our power and stand strongly in it. From this place we can make choices that makes us feel good; what we are all striving for in some way!

What is it that you love most about yourself?
I always work on loving and accepting myself, but I have never thought of one specific thing that I love most. If I were to choose something today, I would say I love my overly optimistic nature. In life there are setbacks, failures and losses, but I have this voice inside that always tells me that everything is going to be more than okay. A voice inside that tells me to trust the journey. A voice that assures me that everything happens for a reason. This optimistic characteristic has given me a sense of resiliency that has allowed me to bounce back from negative situations and still remain open to the world. I see a universe full of possibilities and I know deep down that anything great can happen.

What makes you feel most beautiful?
I think confidence is beautiful. Expanding on that, I think that living your purpose and doing what you truly love gives you confidence. When I am helping others, whether it is through coaching or teaching yoga, I feel beautiful. I also grew up as a dancer so when I dance, I feel alive and beautiful.

Who is your biggest role model and why?
This is an interesting question because I think that my role model changes all the time. When I find someone who is teaching a certain message or doing something that aligns with me in that moment, I tend to follow them and try to learn their ways of living. My role model for following your passion is Danielle LaPorte. She fires me up and makes me believe in myself. My role models also lie in the people I am closest with. My mother teaches me how to be caring. My father teaches me how to work hard. Every single person I meet seems to have something special to teach me in my life. I am definitely grateful for human connection!

Who are your favourite cultural heroines and why?
My favourite cultural heroine is Mother Theresa. She makes the definition of selfless what it is today. She had such a caring heart and wanted to help so many people. In essence, she was here to serve and to give. I think about how the corporate world is structured and ran, while so many people in this world are suffering and realize there needs to be more people like Mother Theresa. If we all chose to give something to the world, the world would be a more thriving, beautiful and loving place. She inspires me to continue serving others as that is why I believe we are really here in the first place.

 

“I see a universe full of possibilities and I know deep down that anything great can happen.”

 

If you could pick one fictional female character to be for a day who would it be and why?
This may sound silly, but I would want to be Ariel from The Little Mermaid. I have always been fascinated by the ocean and all of its treasures. Since I was a kid, I was drawn to water. There is something so healing and magical about it. I would love to spend a day “under the sea,” freely swimming and enjoying a ‘world’ that still has so much yet to be discovered.

What is your biggest life goal?
My biggest life goal is to create a thriving business doing what I love. I think that there are so many women out there that are torn when it comes to choosing a career. “Do I do something predictable to get a predictable income, or do I take a chance on following my dreams?” For some of us, we may not know what that is. I want to coach women, teach yoga, host self-love workshops, write a novel and travel for motivational speaking. I know I have the ability to help so many women. Inspiring others fills my cup leading to a rewarding, fulfilling way to spend my life. It’s an exciting journey!

What is your biggest accomplishment?
I don’t know if I have had an accomplishment that is big, but maybe that is my post-perfectionism talking! I really value all of my little successes. The ones that I make along the way that contribute to the larger successes. I think for me, it would be doing what I love right now, in the present moment (coaching and teaching yoga). Many people wait their entire lives to start, but I took the leap and have been expanding it day by day. In the beginning, it was scary. Each day, I build on my skills and do one more thing that I’ve never done before (like this interview). I do guided meditations, host workshops, hold group coaching calls and it all started by taking a course three years ago that would certify me as a Life Coach. I think seeing my development and growth feels like a big accomplishment. I’ll be honest though, sometimes we don’t give ourselves enough credit.

What is your favourite quote?
My favourite quote is: “everything happens for a reason.” I have had many ups and downs in life and this quote has reminded me that it’s never the end of the world. It is simply a redirection to where I’m supposed to go next (even if I can’t see it). I like to call them “blessings in disguise”. Every situation and experience in my life (good or bad) has helped me in some way become the person I am today. For that, I am endlessly grateful!

If you could tell your 12 year old self one thing what would it be?
I would tell my 12 year old self that she is loved, worthy and beautiful. It was an age for me when I felt awkward. I went through so many changes with my body and I felt very ashamed a lot of the time. I was shy and curious at the same time. I would want her to know that life is going to have ups and downs, but everything will always turn out for the best. I would tell her how special she is exactly as is. I would tell her to ignore people when they are mean or hurtful. I would tell her to do what she loves and that she can do anything her heart desires in this world. I would say, “dream big, Nikki”.

What does feminism mean to you?
To me, feminism is empowerment as a woman. I think it is important that women have the ability to fully express themselves in this world. Throughout history, there have been a lot of restrictions and I think feminism brings to light issues that need attention. I believe as humans, we are always dealing with some sort of oppression whether it is with race, class or gender. Our power lies in believing in ourselves and loving who we are fully. From that place, we, as women can collectively create a movement that is stronger than any law or regulation.

Nikki is a Life Coach and Yoga Instructor in Indio, California.
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Fierce Females: Alex

Alex

What is it that empowers you most?
I am empowered by my ability to take control of what I’m feeling and create something from it. I surround myself with insanely creative people who turn parts of themselves into books, photographs, videos and games on the daily. They are constantly inspiring and empowering me to do the same.

What is it that you love most about yourself?
I love my competitiveness, my drive and even my stubborness. I love that I can be hurt, but that I will always rub some dirt in it and move on. Also, my butt, I love my butt.

What makes you feel most beautiful?
I never feel sexier than when I’m dancing! On the stage, in the kitchen, the car, at my desk, it really doesn’t matter.

Who is your biggest role model and why?
My Grandmother, Mary Wagner never ceases to amaze me. She is kind to everyone (whether or not they deserve it), her time is always someone elses, she has battled, been scarred and continues to completely rock a pair of heels. Somehow she managed to raise a house of four girls and still find time to be a determined career woman. She is everything I hope to be one day. (Plus she looks like Meryl Streep’s more attractive sister.)

 

“I am empowered by my ability to take control of what I’m feeling and create something from it.”

 

Who are your favourite cultural heroines and why?
Clara Hughes: Not only is she the only athlete to ever win multiple medals at both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games which is hella amazing. She now also works with mental health initiatives such as Bell Let’s Talk and Clara’s Big Ride. For her, success means that she is able to use her voice to reach out and help people, specifically those affected with mental illness the way she was affected by depression.

Misty Copeland: Long before becoming a soloist for the American Ballet Theatre and Under Armour campaign star Misty was told she had the wrong body type for ballet, and frankly at 13, was too old anyway. Nevertheless she quickly became a dance prodigy. She should be the answer inside every girls head when they tell themselves to quit.

If you could pick one fictional female character to be for a day who would it be and why?
Samus Aran (the insanely badass chick from Metroid.) She had every trait of a true heroine, plus she still manages to be one of the least sexualized female characters in video games. I first started playing Metroid Zero Mission when I was a 5-foot-tall, flat chested, baggy jean wearing 14-year-old. The fact that the main character was a girl and that she bucked gender stereotypes long before Peach and Zelda ever shook the glitter out of their hair made me feel like maybe I wasn’t totally wrong.

What is your biggest life goal?
I’m going to pull a Beyonce here and go with “to be happy”. It’s taken me a long time to realize that I need to put my happiness at the forefront of all my goals. If I’m doing something because it makes me feel good then I can’t go wrong.

What is your biggest accomplishment?
Hopefully I haven’t accomplished it yet. Is that a cop out? I think that at this stage in my life my biggest accomplishment was learning that it’s okay to go all out for what you want. And it’s okay to fall down a couple times in the process. I’m learning that only I can define success for myself, it’s not something that can be given. You have to get it all on your own.

What is your favourite quote?
“Show up. Shine. Let it go.” – Danielle LaPorte

This quote is simple and sweet, for me it is drive, openness and self-reflection/self-forgiveness.

If you could tell your 12 year old self one thing what would it be?
Never try to be normal. People are going to spend their whole lives trying to make you feel like you should be less of what you are, embrace it. At least you’re not boring.

What does feminism mean to you?
Feminism means complete equality of the sexes. As a feminist I have every right to pursue and obtain anything that a man can. Access to education, choice in careers, ideas about sex, and society should be the same for both sexes.

Alex is the Communications Coordinator at Big Fizz Inc. and Gurevich Fine Art in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
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: Twitter

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Fierce Females: Michele

Michele

What is it that empowers you most?
What empowers me is knowing I can be who and what I want to be everyday. I can wake up and have the ability to go out and achieve all my hopes and dreams.

What is it that you love most about yourself?
I love my ability to find humour in almost any situation. Laughing really is the best medicine.

What makes you feel most beautiful?
I feel the most beautiful when I am dancing on stage. When the lights hit you and your heart practically leaps out of your skin and you are taken over by the movement and for those few minutes nothing else in the world matters.

Who is your biggest role model and why?
My role model is my mom. She has the biggest heart and wants to do everything she can to help others even if putting herself last.

Who are your favourite cultural heroines and why?
Someone like Mia Michaels is definitely up there for me. She is a choreographer who doesn’t look like your typical dancer. She has a curvy figure and doesn’t pretend not to. She owns her movement and creates pieces that connect with your mind, body, and soul. She is a legend.

 

“When the lights hit you and your heart practically leaps out of your skin and you are taken over by the movement and for those few minutes nothing else in the world matters.”

 

If you could pick one fictional female character to be for a day who would it be and why?
Maybe Elphaba from Wicked: the life and times of the wicked witch of the west. She is a character who is willing to give up her success for something she believes in. She is a different then everybody else but that doesn’t stop her following through on her dreams.

What is your biggest life goal?
I want to have a steady musical theatre career.

What is your biggest accomplishment?
Winning The Young Choreographers Award and Best choreography in the same year.

What is your favourite quote?
“Great dancers aren’t great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.” – Martha Graham

If you could tell your 12 year old self one thing what would it be?
Spend less time worrying you don’t look like everybody else and more time focusing on the things that make you different and therefore make your stand out.

What does feminism mean to you?
To me Feminism is the belief men and women should be given the same rights and opportunities and have their gender not enter into any equation. Not that one gender is better than the other it’s about equality.

Michele is a actor/choreographer/dancer/singer from Toronto, Ontario.
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: Twitter

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