Happy belated International Women’s Day!
Hey, it’s better late than never, right? 

Easily, without a doubt, I’m a feminist, a supporter of equal rights, an advocate for women working in STEM, and a hype girl for everyone – no matter where they are in their personal, career, and educational journeys. There’s an awesome quote out there floating around the internet that goes something like, “When women support each other, incredible things happen.” Let’s make something happen, folks.

Each and everyone of us is a continuous work-in-progress. I’m not perfect – fluttered with flaws, really – but I am proud of the woman I am today because I went through a heck of a time becoming her. With support from caring friends and family, helpful mentors, and inspiring professors, I know that I’m right where I need to be in this exciting adventure called life.

For this week’s blog post, I thought I’d highlight a few incredible women in our community. I see them here, there, and everywhere. These women are working so hard to send out good vibes, make positive changes in our community, and inspire others on regular basis.

Corry Bondini 
@HikingCorry
www.hikingcorry.com

Corry is my kind of gal. She’s part extreme hiker, part social media guru, part blogger, and part awesome. With nearly 20k followers on Instagram, she has gained a following by being her most genuine self and sharing what she loves with the universe – hiking and being outdoors. Nowadays, you can find her as an extra in some Joy Factory productions as well as pushing me to be my best self out on the trails around the Interior.

Stacey Krolow
@StaceyKrolow
@StaceyKrolowBoudoir
www.staceykrolow.com Stacey is a powerhouse. She is phenomenal photographer whose portfolio features women (and men) being their best, authentic selves. I don’t know about you, but whenever I see this lovely lady, she just has a way of lifting you up and making you feel wonderful about yourself. From family style portraits to wedding photos to steamy boudoir, she makes her clientele not only look amazing, but feel amazing, while showcasing their true passions. Her work speaks for its self and she is often out in the community helping out organizations like Habitat for Humanity and the Kamloops YMCA/YWCA. She was a perfect addition to the 12th Annual Power of Being a Girl Conference last October – a day for empowering and educating young women.

Marcia Wilson 
@MarciaWilson
@YourYogaLoft 
www.youryogaloft.com

Marcia is a yoga extra-ordinaire and entrepreneur. Whenever she says something, you just know its with genuine joy and such sincerity. She owns The Yoga Loft, a downtown based yoga studio and wellness centre. To me, she is the essence of health, one of my favourite yoga teachers, and I could listen to her speak for hours on hours. She is such an inspiring woman as she encourages self love and easily breaks the ice on how to meditate and get started in the realm of practicing yoga.

Kathy Sinclair
@Kathy4Kamloops

When I first met Kathy, she had just began her career with the Kamloops Arts Council. As I got to know her more through volunteering at different arts events and eventually, working with her, I was captivated by her dedication to advocating for the arts. She channels her super human powers as she is absolutely everywhere in our community through her new role (yay!) as a city councillor, dashing around with Run Club, and discussing women’s’ rights along with other important issues.

Megan Schultz
@cocoadotcakes
@missioncontroleats
www.cocoadotcakes.com

Megan is a boss babe if ever met one. She is also a woman of many hats, as I first met her at The Helm Collective, a coworking space slash entrepreneurship community in downtown Kamloops. Her mind is always turning with new ideas and her hands are always making sweet, delicious baking and healthy meals. She is a person I can go to when I am struggling with a business question – or just anything really – and leaves me feeling empowered and slightly dumbfounded.

So hey, that’s my list, of just five women in an ENDLESS list of amazing women that I personally admire and so very much appreciate.

Remember that yesterday, today, and everyday, we need to keep lifting up women in our lives. Empowered women need to be out there more than ever, empowering women. If all girls were taught to how to love each other fiercely instead of compete with each other and hate their own bodies, what a very different and beautiful world we would live in.