JULY - WAVE WYLD

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TELL ME A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR BUSINESS.

My name is Wave Wyld and I am personal brand photographer. I work with female entrepreneurs, small business owners, creatives and bloggers to create beautiful, eye catching content to grow their biz.

WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START YOUR OWN BUSINESS?

I wanted to start my business because I love to help and inspire women to live to their potential. This grew from my own life challenges, experiences and self-realizations, which ultimately led to a transformation into becoming the best version of myself.

WHAT WAS ONE HIGH POINT FOR YOU?

One of my highest points was when I travelled to Savannah, Georgia last year to experience my own personal brand photo shoot. That amazing experience sealed the deal. I knew whole heartily that creating this type of confidence building, transformational experience with my photo sessions is what I wanted to offer for women.

WAS THERE EVER A SITUATION WHERE YOU WANTED TO GIVE UP? AND HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THAT (YOUR A-HA MOMENT)?:

I think we can all relate to having those feelings of waking up in the morning and wondering if you are on the right path and if it's all worth it. I get those feelings A LOT, but it's all about managing the mind. So, when I start to feel lost and overwhelmed in entrepreneurial life. I take a break. I take a moment to breathe and do a thought download, which helps me to re-focus and get back on track. I notice the types of thoughts I'm having and let go of anything that doesn't serve me. I think its also important to have that support network, to be heard, to be seen, get feedback o improving and brainstorm on solving issues going on your business.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT BEING A B.A.B.E.?

What I love about being a BABE is sharing and supporting in a loving community of positive, talented women.

TELL ME 3 FUN FACTS ABOUT YOU.

  1. I have daily random dance parties around my home to shake off stress.

  2. Cool party trick - I can stand on my head.

  3. I'm a map geek. I just love looking at maps. I can stare at them for hours, which comes in handy with another passion, travelling.

WHAT’S ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU CAN GIVE US?

I'm a huge lover of personal development and mindset. My advice, is to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable daily. Getting uncomfortable is a process in how we evolve and grow to live to our potential. Whether it be taking a cold shower to doing IG or FB live stories. Just do it!


JUNE - NICKI ISKANDER

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TELL ME A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR BUSINESS.

I'm a Registered Massage Therapist with a women-only massage studio in my Parkdale century home. I provide a body-positive, trans-friendly space where women can relax and ignore the outside world. As a bonus, I play Otis Redding instead of spa music!

WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START YOUR OWN BUSINESS?

I got tired of working for The Man (and working for men!). Massage therapy is a very intimate profession. My clients place a lot of trust in me and I don't take that responsibility lightly. I saw a need for a safe space for women and decided to create it myself.

WHAT WAS ONE HIGH POINT FOR YOU?

I once had a woman cry after her massage because it was the first time in a week that she wasn't in pain.

WAS THERE EVER A SITUATION WHERE YOU WANTED TO GIVE UP? AND HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THAT (YOUR A-HA MOMENT)?:

Honestly, no. I love my job and, to toot my own horn, I'm good at what I do. There have been tough moments for sure, but I've never considered quitting.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT BEING A B.A.B.E.?

I love that B.A.B.E. is a community of women supporting women. Girl power!

TELL ME 3 FUN FACTS ABOUT YOU.

  1. I have two cats named Dave Grohl and Marla Singer.

  2. I've received massages in 10 countries.

  3. I have webbed toes!

WHAT’S ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU CAN GIVE US?

Before you start a business, make sure there's a market for what you're looking to sell. Then differentiate yourself from the pack by being the badass that you are.


may - PALAK LOIZIDES

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 TELL ME A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR BUSINESS.

I'm the Founder and CEO of Embiria (meaning 'Experience in Greek') since April 2017. Embiria offers curated Experiences designed for creativity, community and connection in a world where we seem to need it most. Embiria pairs exceptional facilitators with inspiring spaces to offer Experiences that allow you to get creative, focus on self-care, or keep learning - these range from calligraphy classes, to cooking, to yoga x brunch and even business workshops. Whether you come on your own or with a group of friends, we want you to leave an Embiria Experience feeling balanced and inspired—like the best version of you.

WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START YOUR OWN BUSINESS?

A few years ago, after working in Corporate Marketing for 10+ years, I noticed I was increasingly gravitating towards activities steeped in wellness and self-care, and wanted to leverage my creative abilities to provide that for others. I also realized that I was craving more connection and community in my life. I started off with the idea of holding yoga x brunch pop up experiences and it very quickly evolved to a vibrant community of facilitators, venues, and participants that are all seeking to create and connect!

WHAT WAS ONE HIGH POINT FOR YOU?

When I sold out my very first Experience (Yoga x Brunch) - I had no real social following, no established brand or any money put towards marketing. It just reinforced that there was obviously a need for what I wanted to offer - people were authentically connecting with it and it gave me the confidence I needed to take the leap and build Embiria as a company.

WAS THERE EVER A SITUATION WHERE YOU WANTED TO GIVE UP? AND HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THAT (YOUR A-HA MOMENT)?:

I've never wanted to fully give up, but there definitely have been times where I have felt defeated. It's easy to get discouraged when you're trying to build and grow a new company - I've seen people duplicate things that I've spent months working on and that was tough, but I'd remind myself that it's my unique ability to create these Experiences that will continue differentiate me from anyone else. I often also evaluate all of the challenges that I've already been through and conquered and how many exciting possibilities lie ahead!

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT BEING A B.A.B.E.?

I love this community of B.A.B.E.s! Being an entrepreneur can get lonely and isolating (no one really talks about that until you're in it), and it's communities like this that remind me I have other amazing women that are there to support, encourage and help out when needed! I'm also constantly inspired by all of the wonderful things that B.A.B.E.s in the group are up to. 

TELL ME 3 FUN FACTS ABOUT YOU.

  1. I've been a vegetarian my entire life.

  2. I've lived in Italy and South America.

  3. I was once an extra in a Disney movie!

WHAT’S ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU CAN GIVE US?

You're the only one that can really hold yourself back from all the amazing things you can achieve. Love and believe in yourself first, and the rest of the world will follow suit.