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“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” – Maya Angelou
It’s not about just living your life, it’s about thriving in the life you create for yourself. It’s about working hard towards yours goals but also celebrating the journey it took to get there — from the lessons learned and little victories along the way.
For this second edition of “WOMEN In The City”, we feature Jackie Robinson, thanks to the sweet nominated made by Gill Munn. Have a read:
“@whyjackiewhy she works hard. 2 jobs. Building a new house. Trains hard at the gym. Godmother and aunt to Rocco. She’s intelligent and AMAZING.”
Someone who works hard but still manages to take care of themselves? We just had to find out more! In this edition we uncover some of the best life lessons she’s learned, how she exercises self-care and the inspirational women she’d like to have dinner with.
Danielle: What do you do?
Jackie: I coach at Elle Fitness and Social and work as a Program Consultant at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned in your life and/or career?
Attitude is everything.
How do you exercise self-care?
I practice daily quiet time, a few minutes each day dedicated to reflection and decompressing. Also, and more importantly, I’ve learned to say “no” and not feel guilty. I’m fiercely protective of my time and only make plans I’m committed to and can fully be present for.
If you could have dinner with three inspirational women, who would they be and why?
Michelle Obama, a modern day legend. I think Michelle redefined ‘grace under fire’ and is a constant reminder to me to relentlessly pursue my goals.
Maya Angelou, I used to read her stories and poetry as a young woman. She taught me that you can only love others as much as you love yourself and when people show you who they are, believe them.
Beyoncé – well, because she’s Beyoncé. I think we all see a little of ourselves in Beyoncé’s growth as an artist. Like her music, we’ve grown into ourselves and become fierce women.
I think dinner with these three would be full of laughter and wisdom.
What does “girl power” mean to you?
Girl power to me is an evolution, it started as a phrase I would say as a kid, thanks to the Spice Girls. But as I grew, it became a mantra that encouraged me to do and try everything. I think all women should encourage more, compare less and we’d all be happier.
If you know an inspiring Canadian woman who would be a great fit for this feature, we want to know about her! Feel free to connect with me for a chance to be featured in our “WOMEN In The City” series.
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