Well everyone, I finally made it to Toronto!! The first few days here has been fun and exhausting, to say the least. We’ve already had a photo-shoot, video shoot and our preliminary judging interview that is worth 20% of our score. We also went toExtreme Fitness Gym in Downtown Toronto where we were filmed by CityTV while doing one of Stefanie Joanne’s #F31WORKOUT.
On July 15th we had the honour of listening to 4 motivational speakers for our Mentor Night. Below I will share a bit about them and what I’ve learned from their speeches.
Dr. Natalie Archer
Dr. Archer is a dynamic Toronto dentist who began her dental career in 2001. Dr. Archer continuously emphasized the importance of advance planning. Although she emphasized this, she also explain that you must always expect to make unexpected changes in your plan, but what is most important is that you always have a plan. Her key points on life and success are as follows:
1. Society needs female figures to be in power. It is essential that women control their own destiny and become leaders.
2. About 38% of women are main breadwinners in their household, but what is even more important is the relationships that woman maintains within her lifetime.
3. The importance of women having children as soon as she is ready and able. Dr. Archer states that having children should a priority before it becomes too late.
4. Question things that don’t seem right.
As a successful person herself, Dr.Archer has managed to have a career and a family while building a career as a hospital dentist, and her shared advice will be cherished.
Melani is a Canadian Ford Model, a chemist, a successful buisness owner and
mom of two children. She developed a personalized skin care line called Soya Boutique. These organic products are a natural skin care collection that she says were inspired by her desire to reduce the use of harmful chemicals in popoular consumed skin care products.
The words that stuck with me the most that Melani said were “don’t forget the number of opportunities out there and all the conversations still waiting to be made.” She related her experience with modeling and how she grew a love for skin care and makeup, with the fact that there is always room to grow and change your mind on what you want to do with your life. Melani went on to share with us, her favourite quote by Socrates:
“Wisest is he who knows what he does not know.”
She further explained that there is always room for growth and learning, even for those who are labeled as the smartest. She concluded with a realistic warning that you will always stumble upon rejection and failure throughout life but the important part is to be persistent and never let people discourage you.
Katrina is a health and wellness specialist, size 12 model, life coach, motivational speaker and the author of the best-selling self-help book, Making It In High Heels.
From the very moment Katrina walked into the room in her stunning floor-length green dress, I could sense her confidence. When she started to speak, all the delegates, myself included, were taken aback by how kind she was. Her life story about her struggles with bullying at a young age and modeling with a full figure, was a true inspiration. Her criteria to be a role model were:
1. Take care of your body and health.
2. Find a hobby or personal way to relax and be in solitude.
3. “Carry an attitude of gratitude.”
4. Forgive others.
5. Most importantl, never ever quit.
Katrina Hadden has been a life coach for over eight years, specializing in Stress Management, Personal Development, Work-Life Balance and Health and Wellness. Her advice on the power of perserverance showed that anything is possible if you are willing to grow from rejection by never giving up on what is important to you.
Alexandra Orlando was only a high-school when she knew what she wanted to do in life- rhythmic gymnastics. Her life experiences are shared in the pages of her award winning book called In Pursuit of Victory. She has also recently published her second motivational book, Breaking Through My Limits: An Olympian Uncovered.
Throughout her presentation, Alexandra shared with us her many life experiences and her struggles in the face of failure. Similarily to Dr. Archer, she highlighted not only the importance of goal setting but also thanking those around you. . She pointed out that when it came to life, we should focus on winning, but rather the journey that gets us to where we want to be.
All four speakers were a pleasure to meet and I thank them all for their time in comming to see and speak to us delegates.