Meet Our Muse: Emily

Define what success means to you?

Success to me is genuinely connecting with people. It means living a life based on my own terms, and doing that in the best possible way I can, be it from a small task to something more impactful. It’s living a life that feels full and significant to me. 

 How have you been able to achieve success?

I feel living life compassionately has helped me achieve success, as I have had some road blocks and re-starts in my life. For me success is facing those things with the will to be non-judgemental and to move forward with a positive, clear outlook.

What is the next goal you want to accomplish?

The next goal I want to accomplish is pursuing a new challenge that pushes me out of my comfort zone to better myself and have an impact on the community. I think volunteering is so important and I want to find a new organization to be a part of that is meaningful to me.

 Are there any charities or causes you support?

A charity that I have been volunteering with and supporting for more than two years is Gildas Club Greater Toronto. It is an organization that provides a welcoming community of free social and emotional support for adults, teens and children touched by cancer, along with their families and friends. The programs are provided free of charge all year long and are innovative and an essential complement to medical care. I have had the opportunity to volunteer at various fundraising events as well as raising money when I participated in the 2015 Scotiabank half marathon, which was such an inspiring experience. More specifically I volunteer weekly with Gilda’s Supper Club, which is group of volunteers that prepares and serves an all vegan meal to members before support groups to encourage preventative and healthy lifestyle. I have learned so much from the other volunteers and the members alike and this organization continually grows closer to my heart.

I support Gilda’s Club because no matter whom you are speaking with, cancer is a disease that touches almost everyone. The strength and empathy shared at Gilda’s has truly changed my life. We should never undermine the immense value of having a community of support and a safe space to just express your emotions and be as you are.

 What are you currently listening to? Song that’s on repeat?

Music is such an important part of my life for as long as I can remember and I am constantly searching for fresh stuff. I am always listening to hip-hop, but also love chill and fun musicians like Sylvan Esso and Wet. Most recently I have Kiiara Gold on repeat.

What is a quote or motto you try and live by?

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. - Maya Angelou

 What do you feel most grateful for? 

I feel most grateful to have a healthy, plentiful, functioning body. Like many women, I struggle with the sexist norms and standards of beauty placed on women, but it is vessel in life and I try my best to love it, take care of it and give it the respect it deserves. We never appreciate anything fully until we no longer have it, so I make a point to get up and move my body any way I can. Nourish it with food and affection and dancing and fresh air.

What feeds your soul?

More than anything the simple things in life feed my soul.  A delicious meal with a good friend, the sunlight on my face, a random act of kindness from stranger.

Which of your physical attributes do you love the most? 

The physical attribute I love the most is my red hair; it is completely natural and unique to me. My oldest friends still make fun of me to this day after reading my grade 4 diary where I divulged about loving my ‘luscious red locks’.  How embarrassing right?