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This Beautiful Life: Erika Lee Sears

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Erika Lee Sears was one of the first people I met when I moved to Portland. I was amazed by the fact that she makes art everyday. No, FOR REAL. She creates a piece of art everyday and posts it to her Instagram account over at @ErikaLeeSears. Her work has also been featured on Portlandia!

Not only was this incredibly exciting, I loved how Erika has been able to carve out a career as an artist. If you’re thinking of doing the same thing and have thought about pursuing a creative career – read how Erika got her start!

What sort of career path led you towards becoming a full-time artist? Did you study art in school?

Well, if you can believe it, I didn’t start out as wanting to become or be an artist. I didn’t go to school for art at all, and I started my professional career working in the finance industry. (more…)

This Beautiful Life: Trina Hendry

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I first met Trina Hendry when she ran the PR for the LCBO in Toronto, Canada. She was often hosting cool wine tasting and blogger events that our paths crossed a few times.

However, it was only when she moved to Los Angeles about a year after I moved, did we really connect. I truly admire Trina’s skill as a communicator and writer. If you’re considering a career in PR or hospitality, Trina’s professional journey is a great one to follow. Meet Trina Hendry everyone! Here’s how she got her start: (more…)

This Beautiful Life: Angela Aiello



I first met the lovely Angela Aiello when I got into blogging in 2010 during one of her wine events. I have always admired her hustle, hard work and expertise on something I personally find a bit daunting – wine. Angela Aiello works to make wine accessible to everyone. You don’t have to be an expert to enjoy wine and I love her fun approach. Her entrepreneurial spirit is what I find the most inspiring. Meet Angela Aiello everyone!


Do you remember what first sparked your interest in wine?

Yes, I remember loving a bottle of Riesling like nothing I’ve ever had before when I was 18. It was my mom who told me to apply for the job in wine when I was 16, but it is Riesling who is my one true wine love and has helped spike my interest in the whole industry.




What was the definitive moment for you when you decided to pursue a career in wine?

I realized after trying to earn a career in media upon graduating from university and working in Toronto that I had 8 years of wine experience that was very valuable. I had worked in the wine industry to put myself through school and although I had a communications degree and wanted something in media, it was hard working at the bottom of the food chain in that industry. I realized that all my wine knowledge was an asset and started to brainstorm a way to integrate my in-field experience with my degree.

5 years ago I went full-time into my own freelance work and haven’t looked back since, but it was a big move to make the change from stable work to the life of a hustling entrepreneur.



This Beautiful Life: Stephanie Rice



I recently met the incredible Stephanie Rice through my friend Kristin Dahl (whom I’ll be featuring in the next few weeks!). Stephanie and Kristin recently wrote the e-book, The Art of Wellness and I am a huge fan of their philosophy. I was also fascinated and inspired to learn that Stephanie is an Olympic Gold Medalist for Australia with THREE gold medals under her belt! How is that for a fascinating career path?

I definitely wanted to profile Stephanie to learn more about her philosophy on healthy eating, working out and of course – swimming. Meet Stephanie Rice everyone!


How did you get your start as a swimmer?

I started swimming as a baby in learn-to-swim classes and I just loved being in the water so much that I kept progressing through to squad and club teams.


What inspired you to pursue a career in competitive swimming?

From the age of about 3 or 4 I knew I was put here on Earth to do something really special and I just felt so strongly that it was to go to the Olympics. I knew it would be for swimming because I loved it so much.




What was it like to win THREE Olympic gold medals?

It was the most incredible moment and feeling of my life. Having everything come together in that 1 moment to execute everything to near perfection on the biggest sporting stage was a dream come true. It was very surreal and it all happened so fast that I didn’t have much time to just stop and take it all in … but it was magical.


What sorts of things are you pursuing since announcing your retirement from competitive swimming?

Since finishing swimming I have been discovering my other passions and inspirations. I have a great knowledge for health, fitness and wellness which was why I wanted to create the e-book “The Art of Wellness” with Kristin, but also I love on-camera work and business skills, so combining that on the popular TV show “Celebrity Apprentice” in 2013 was such a great experience, and a huge honour to win the show.


This Beautiful Life: Brenny Giovis


When I first met Brenny Giovis, I was her wedding DJ! Crazy right? Running my own business brought me together with a lot of great clients – many of whom I’ve stayed friends with beyond their wedding day.

Brenny Giovis is definitely one of those clients.

When we first met, Brenny was working full-time at a company as a graphic designer. She has since gone on to launch a wildly successful stationery line called Paperfelt. Nordstrom recently came calling and her cards are now sold in-store at their Ottawa location. Brenny has since quit her job and now focuses on Paperfelt full-time. It is so inspiring to read about her hard work, hustle and success.

Meet Brenny Giovis everyone!



How did you decide on a career in graphic design?

I had a crash graphic design course in high school and my teacher was pretty cool. I think I learned how to scan a logo in and clean it up in Photoshop and not much else, but my teacher was so kind and sincere that whatever she said kind of stuck with me.

I honestly didn’t even know what graphic design was until I  was a semester into college. My dad was so mad because he wanted me to become a teacher and he kept saying what do you do in graphic design anyway and I couldn’t even answer him.



This Beautiful Life: Ruth Tal


Ruth Tal, founder of Fresh Restaurants and Juice Bar in Toronto


Ruth Tal knows healthy eating. I make it no secret that one of my favourite places in Toronto is Fresh Restaurant and Juice Bar, a growing vegetarian chain she founded back in 1999. As soon as I land, I head straight to the Queen West location for their crunchy Quinoa Onion Rings and a Baby Beach Bowl with Grilled Tofu.

Since I am such a major fan of their healthy and affordable eats, I was thrilled for the chance to interview Ruth to learn about her own health journey, life advice and career path. Meet Ruth Tal!


What inspired your love of vegan foods and juicing?

My love for this planet and animals inspired me to find ways to tread as lightly on it as I possibly could. Choosing a plant-based diet and juicing were the natural outcome of this intention to help and make a positive difference in the choices I make every day.

Apart from that, I grew up loving my mom’s colourful Moroccan cooking and liberal use of fresh fruits and vegetables. Focusing on vegan foods and juicing meant I could indulge my love of eating legumes, grains, fruits, greens and vegetables even more!