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Our Sisters

[ Portrait 41 ]

Let's throw away the yard sticks.

Stop looking at others and cutting them down in our minds to build ourselves up. 

Let's stop the measuring. Stop judging the distance between each other. Stop trying to constantly find our place in the pack. Of thinking we're better, or kicking ourselves for feeling lesser than. 

Because those imagined faults are just fractured mirrors of our own inner critics.

As a women I've been guilty of cutting down others of my gender. My mind populating with thoughts of cruel comparison. So that I can feel mighty, for a moment. To feel that little bit bigger. And within the same breath, judging myself just as harshly. 

These past few years I've learned the importance of sisterhood. Of being more intentional about supporting and not reducing the women in my life. The girl on the subway, the woman at work, our best friend, our mother, the lady standing next to us in the elevator. 

Because by lifting others we are also elevating ourselves. When we stop comparing and start caring about the women beside us, I believe that they can fill our lives with much more than what they can take away.

Sacha - Forest Goddess

I have never seen a better example of this than Sacha. A wonderful soul that devotes her time and dazzling energy towards elevating the lives of women. Acting as a vibrant, compassionate, and kick-ass springboard, empowering their relationship with themselves, their lives, their power and and what makes them feel most alive.

Even during the short time I have known her, she has filled our moments together with so much colour. Whether it be over coffee, or during our forest photoshoot playing among the kaleidoscope of fall leaves. She has such a beautiful, unabashed passion for living. Her light and her words are an inspiration. 

Sacha - portrait, laughter

What makes you feel most connected to your work, your wellbeing and body, and your sense as a woman?

Being able to reach out and make a difference with women who are change makers and heart-centred humans is one of the biggest forces that pulls me forward in my work. To be able to act as a trampoline for another females dreams, hopes and ambitions (and have them reach higher) is the biggest reason I do what I do and the 'why' behind my work. I truly believe that as women fall more in love with themselves and are empowered to speak up, act out and stand up for what they believe, this planet will transform, heal and regain peace.

Sacha Portrait

Making sure to be that same way with myself is how I make sure and integrate this with my own well-being and body. Allowing my work to be fuelled by my intuition and listening to what my heart is saying is how I best serve me. As a woman I have the incredible ability to create life from scratch and so my body is this extraordinary vessel that allows me to impact the world. Being sure to honor that by being in flow rather than force along with deep nourishing self-care are some of the ways I do that in my life.

As woman being in 'sisterhood" is the biggest and best way to stay connected to my sense as woman. Whether they are biological or not, surrounding myself with amazing females is one of the most nourishing and sourceful experiences in my life.

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We live in such separate, compartmentalized worlds now and the sense of belonging, community, tribe and sisterhood are long forgotten. My access to feeling the most alive come from allowing my heart to open up to other women and being a safe space for theirs so that our beauty, grace, magic and power are reflected back to us in our connections. 

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What do you want most for the women in your life and that you work with?

If I were to really look at what difference I want to make on the planet it would for sure be that women feel empowered to live out loud, on purpose and unapologetically true to who they are. 

But if I look even deeper at what I want MOST for the women in my life and the ones I work with it would be that they are so madly head-over-fucking-heels in love with themselves that they can't help but wink at themselves in every reflective surface they pass. 

That the woman they see looking back in their reflection is their biggest source of power, truth, strength and love. That when they say "I love you" to the mirror the woman looking back at them believes it. 

Sacha Lalla | Feminine Leadership Expert 


Stories Within ~Abby~

Getting Lost ~Meghan~

Getting Lost

[Portrait 38]

I got lost the other day. 

The trail before me disappeared into the underbrush. Every direction filled with a sunlit curtain of trunks and leaves. With no indication how best to move forward among them.

I was faced with the decision to keep trudging forward with uncertainty towards the destination I knew was within reach. Or to retrace all the ground I had covered to get to this point, the safe guaranteed bet. Despite the voice nagging in my mind I felt my foot move forward defiantly, pushed by the desire to validate the distance I had travelled.

The fallen branches grabbed at my ankles and the bushes became thicker with each step, but I knew I couldn't turn around. The tears welled in the corner of my eyes, and the anxiety bursting in my chest as the disorientation mounted. The battery on my phone flashing red.

I was so close.

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And then I saw it. The blue square of paint on the trunk in front of me, relief flooding through me. I had been essentially parallel to path the whole time. 

Even though I was shaken, I wouldn't trade the experience. Because it's a reminder that the path will not always be clear before us. And even if it is, the question is whether it leads where we want to go. And whether we're willing to step into the unknown for a while to get there. 

And it also makes us extremely grateful for some valued guidance from a fellow creative soldier, especially when we're a little lost in the wild.

Meghan Portrait

Meghan is one of these guiding lights. A smart, sassy and talented creator, who is always willing to share advice and support. I admire her ability to be real, and so willing to help those around her aspire towards their dreams. Not to mention her insanely sharp creative mind and how she is able to make the most interesting connections with ideas. 

Her interests and expertise span widely. She is often found conquering the world of digital strategy, social media, government communications, and open data. But her life is also rich with her passion for music, film, screenwriting and art. She has produced numerous short films, sketches and plays, and explores creative narratives with a focus on capturing he meaning within moments.

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Especially in a world that can seem overwhelming and creatively competitive, Meghan is a true gem. She is genuine and always willing to lend a supportive ear with a healthy dose of laughs. I am thankful for the advice and perspective she has given me on so many occasions.

We so often feel as though we are fighting our creative battles alone. Stumbling solo along the path, always a little of course. And this is why it's important to surround ourselves with others with experience, who have gotten little lost themselves, with time spent trampling through that same underbrush. There is so much to learn from our fellow comrades in the field when we choose to open up let others help lift us. 

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” - African Proverb

Check our some of Meghan's work at meghanwarby.com


Stories Within ~Abby~

 Holistic Connection ~ Jaclyn ~

      

 

 

With My Own Hands

[Portrait 23]

It was a rainy Sunday as I climbed up the stairs at Loft 404. The colourful eclectic interior of the classroom and the warm noise of friendly conversation made me easily forget the greyness that clung to the streaming window panes. There were glass jars of ingredients and empty bowls piled before us on the tables as I sat down to the smiles that greeted me at table.

Ever since I was a kid I've felt this innate and strong connection to nature. Just being outside with the trees and water lapping at my feet made me feel calm and grounded. And today, it's no different.

For quite some time I've been struggling with maintaining this connection to the natural world as well as my body. I've felt conflicted about the substances and the products we use in our daily lives. Echoing the connection I try to have with the food I eat, I deeply desired to have that same connection with the things I use on my skin everyday. Simple + wholesome + honest.

And this is why I signed up for Kathrin's DIY Bodycare workshop. Not only do I adore learning about how to make things with my hands from scratch, but I also was keen to expand my understanding of what goes into the cosmetics and products that come in direct contact with my skin.

As she taught the class, Kathrin just had this natural glow. Confident in her own skin, and illuminated by the joy and knowledge she has for her work. As a child, she had very sensitive skin and has learned over the years how to take care of herself through a much more natural approach. And it was through her education as a Holistic Nutritionist, that her work expanded into creating workshops to help others. During the class, she showed us how to make lavender grapefruit coconut deodorant, lime & mint lip balm, calendula shea olive oil healing salve, and a minty toothpaste made from natural ingredients.

Our photoshoot a few weeks later was everything but rainy. As we strolled among the trees in the park, the sun streamed through the leaves and illuminated the greenness around us.

A healer. A teacher. And the beautiful creator of For the Love of Body


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Cherry Blossoms

I woke up early for a visit to High Park to see the cherry blossoms that bloom for such a short beautiful time

So breathtakingly gorgeous in the morning light.

And there was this moment as I'm taking photos, a woman comes up to me, out of curiousity and asks "why are you shooting 'into' the light?". And as I looked around me, I noticed that everyone else was doing the opposite. A reminder that sometimes being different and going against the current is exactly what you're supposed to be doing. Follow your own vision and chase the light that YOU see.

This also inspired today's #100portraitsofconnection shot.

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