Women's Wednesday- Kym Klopp

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Women’s Wednesday- Kim Klopp.

For this weeks Women’s Wednesday I am showcasing Kim Klopp of Ecoexistence.

1. Who are you and what do you do? My name Kim Klopp mom of Chloe and Adam. Owner of Ecoexistence. Community member. (Kim is being modest, Ecoexistence is an amazing store on St. Clair West that carries eco friendly lifestyle products that are very unique and help the environment. She is also carrying our Girl- Lab pins now too!)

2. What do you do for self care? I travel.

3. How do you manage home, work life with a family? My life is a balancing act. My daughter is away at school and my son is finishing grade 11. Both kids are quite self sufficient, but we also have 3 dogs and my sister living with us. So I practise live work balance everyday.

Thank you Kim! I have adored you for years! Please check out Kim’s store for everything eco friendly. My goal with this project is to stop competing with other women and start celebrating and cherishing our accomplishments. We are all on a journey and for me it is all about surviving and today I am trying to just be good enough. If you need help, ask for it; if you have help to give, give it!!

Happy Wednesday!



Women's Wednesday- Amanda Jewson

Women's Wednesday- Amanda Jewson

WOMEN’S WEDNESDAY- AMANDA JEWSON

For this weeks Women’s Wednesday, I am show casing the amazing Amanda Jewson of Baby’s Best Sleep.

1. Who are you and what do you do?

I'm a infant and child sleep specialist! I work with moms all over Toronto in their homes, and through our computers worldwide! I love helping families find rest! It's a sincere and honest passion. I'm a mess without my 8 hours, so if I can help someone achieve that, I'm very proud.  

2. What is one thing you do for self care? 

I schedule myself one hour every day to do something for me. Often its working out and meditation. Sometimes its a lunch with a friend. I know personally and professionally how important genuine time to unplug and recharge. 

I also have a screen-free day on Sundays where I put my phone away and just focus on my family. 

3. How do you manage home work life with your kiddos? 

It's not easy, but I don't do it alone. My husband travels a lot so we hired a great caregiver that really is a part of our crew. We have a great system that allows me to be on and home when I'm with my girls while also knowing they're living their best life when I'm working with clients. 

Amanda, I just love you! I wish you where around when my kiddos where smaller! My goal with this project is to stop competing with other women and start celebrating and cherishing our accomplishments. We are all on a journey and for me it is all about surviving the day sometimes, especially when my daughter is home home sick and I am trying to work. If you need help, ask for it; if you have help to give, give it!!

Happy Wednesday!

Women's Wednesday- Michele Crockett

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For this weeks Women’s Wednesday I am going to feature me! I am a woman and it is Wednesday. Hi! I am Michele Crockett of Michele Crockett Photography. I am a portrait photographer that focuses on newborn, kiddos, and families, but mostly I just like to make people smile. I also love photographing headshots and working for small business like myself, helping them look at their brand and their business from a visual prespective. When I am not taking pictures of people, I am making art or teaching photography at George Brown College. And when I am not there, I am hanging out with my kiddos building epic pillow forts or having a kitch dance party.

The reason I started this project #womenswednesday was because I found becoming a mom hard and I found starting a small business even harder. First and foremost I love my kids, a lot! And if you know me, you know that my life revolves around them and not the other way around. However I still find it hard to find balance between both mama and entrepreneur. So I ask my self how do I find balance? I am not sure I do, to be honest. I take a little time for me to excerise every morning before the kids go to school and these 30-60 minutes spent on me are so precious. I am so thankful to my husband for helping out with morning routine so I can have this little bit a heaven. Because I work from home, my studio or Starbucks, I find the lines between family and work get blurred a lot. First I want to write, I think it is important that my kids see me struggle, get angry, feel sad and cry, just as much as I smile and am happy! And believe me I like to smile and laugh a lot! Last year I made the commitment to only work one day on the weekend and as a family photographer who works mostly weekends, that was a hard choice. It is also a choice that makes my family very very happy!

My goal for this project is to try and stop competing with other women and start to celebrate and cherish everything we do! Because we do so so much!!! We are on a journey and for me it is about surviving the everyday. Thank you @michael_ciurleo for coming to my studio and taking this beautiful picture of me. #alwaysfollowingthelight#womensupportingwom

Women Wednesdays!

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I have been wanting to start this project since the beginning of the year and it keeps getting pushed to the back burner when I get busy. However, last weekend I worked with the amazing women of Collective Influence and met so many amazing Canadian women who are supporting and doing really cool things. It made me want to restart this project again! I want to showcase the amazing talent and generosity that happens in this amazing neighborhood, Wychwood and Hillcrest, that I call home.

My life is not perfect! My biggest struggle is try and stay present in each moment, with my kids, with my husband and my work.

Women Wednesday’s will be showcasing amazing talented women and talking about how they balance the work home life. When women stop competing and start celebrating each other, great things happen! We all have a story and struggles, and we are on an amazing journey. Amazing things can happen when women start supporting each other! If you need help, ask for it; if you have help to give, give it! It feels good.

I recently photographed the amazing and very talented Davina, from Davina Nathan Designs. She is a multidisciplinary designer with 17 years of experience in the textile industry. She has a boutique textile design studio, offering original design for a variety of markets and end uses. She is definitely one of the best drawers that I have ever met and I am so lucky that our kids go to the same school. I look forward to seeing her amazing style grace the playground every day!

What are some of Davina challenges in being a single mom and being a self-employed artist and designer?  Keeping her new art materials & tools separate from her daughters. Which never happens because she loves to use them and reminds her that sharing is caring! But she often finds paint brushes stuck to the table with bristles of dried up paint, scribbles of notes and hearts on my water color paper, lids left off detail markers overnight, dried up before a single use! 

Advice she says, “Being a single mom is a juggling act oftentimes on fast forward. I like to be busy and thrive on a go go go schedule. I have learned it all comes down to priorities.  What needs to get done-now and what can wait. And knowing when to say...enough there is always tomorrow! 

Check out her amazing work at www.davinanathandesign.com.