What is it that empowers you most?
I think what empowers me the most is my belief that I can do anything in the world. I’m very thankful that I live in a country that allows for freedom and independent thought. I can dream up a million dreams, lay out a plan, and go after it. Not a lot of people have those opportunities or believe they do. I’ve been really thankful to have also been raised to think “If you believe it, you can do it!” stuff most millennials are fed, but my dad always reminds me that it doesn’t happen overnight. If you want something it takes hard work and patience, which is something that has become my mantra.
What is it that you love most about yourself?
I love my idealism, my creativity, and my passion the most. All three have some sort of downfall as well, like my idealism sometimes leads to strong feelings of disappointment, or I’m so passionate that it makes me terribly emotional. Overall though, I view these traits as something that makes me who I am, and I try to channel them into everything I do. I believe in the good in everything and everybody, so I’m usually positive going into every situation and dream really big dreams. I also love imagining new ideas and then I get really, really jazzed up about it. Oh, and I also LOVE connecting with people!
What makes you feel most beautiful?
Being active makes me feel beautiful. I probably don’t look very attractive while running a half marathon, but that’s the most beautiful I’ve ever felt. For example, I feel super beautiful in a hot yoga class and I look in the mirror and I just feel strong.
Who is your biggest role model and why?
I have some really awesome female mentors out there. Whether they’re teachers, bosses, or people I’ve worked with. I’ve been very fortunate to have met and connected with some smart and awesome women. I think building relationships with other women who have come before you (or on the journey with you), and looking up to them (and telling them that!) is super important. So I guess I don’t have one role model, I have a bunch that I deeply value.
Who are your favourite cultural heroines and why?
Oprah. I have a framed picture of her at my desk in an all white suite looking all badass, and it just reminds me of our cultural meritocracy and my millennial believe that “if you can dream it you can do it!”
On a side note, I don’t think we have enough cultural heroines because this took me a longer time than I’m comfortable with to answer this question.
“I feel super beautiful in a hot yoga class and I look in the mirror and I just feel strong.”
If you could pick one fictional female character to be for a day who would it be and why?
I’d be Carmen Sandiego, so that I could travel the world literally in a day.
What is your biggest life goal?
My biggest life goal is to enjoy the moment. I’m constantly thinking ahead or worrying about the future, and I have to take a step back and be in the present. Even if it takes a lifetime of practice, I want to appreciate every moment for what it is and find happiness wherever I am.
What is your biggest accomplishment?
Can I say it’s a bunch of small ‘winning’ moments? Like the time I got the job or finished school are great, but they often lead to other small opportunities that are just as fulfilling. Sometimes it’s just getting up everyday and finding courage to do my best no matter what that is my biggest accomplishment.
What is your favourite quote?
This week it’s: “Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it’s yours.”
If you could tell your 12 year old self one thing what would it be?
That it’s going to be okay. I still tell myself that everyday.
What does feminism mean to you?
I was listening to Sheryl Sanberg’s Lean In while driving back to Calgary for the zillionth time with my dad. There was a part in the book that specifically talked about how women often feel inadequate, and my dad stopped the recording and said he’s encountered those exact same sentiments throughout his life. In that moment I realized that feminism isn’t just about the equality of women, but it’s about us all working together to bring out the best in each other regardless of gender, race, or background. We should all work to encourage each other and judge less – we all have talents and deserve the right to share them with each other.
Amie is an account coordinator in Winnipeg, Canada.