They like me, they really really like me

Girl Crush: Christina Rowsell

Who: Christina Rowsell, radio host, voice artist, feel-good storyteller. Why I crush: Christina never stops. She is vibrant, full of energy, and funny as heck. I don't think I've ever had a conversation with her where I didn't pee my pants a little.  1st Impression Confession: I met Christina when she was co-founder of  Brighter Business Empower, a Calgary-based networking/learning group. She scared me a little. Most because her elocution was perfect and her voice projected. I did not know she was in radio at the time, but I knew I wanted to know her better. The Wrap: Christina has been in radio long enough that...

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Girl Crush: Lisa Hetrick

Who: Lisa Hetrick, artist, muse, Instagram darling. Bringer of colour, light and happiness into your life. Why I crush: Lisa amazes me daily. Her Instagram posts deliver a bit of sunshine to me every day. She shares her art and her technique, and that makes me appreciate the effort that goes into everything she creates. 1st Impression Confession: I have not met Lisa IRL. We were connected online through Katie Krimitsos and the Biz Women Rock Academy. Shortly after I signed up and after a virtual meet n greet, Lisa sent me a wonderful gift in the form her handmade inspirational deck. I was...

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Girl Crush: Brigitte Lessard-Deyell

Who: Brigitte Lessard-Deyell, serial entrepreneur, fireball, and a tireless champion for women. Founder of Women Talk. Why I crush: Brigitte has balls. She has jumped out of an airplane, she has played hockey, hard, and she casts a giant shadow wherever she goes.  She has a huge heart and just wants to bring women together. She has a mission, and is forging ahead like a bull in a china shop. Get out of her way or join the ride. 1st Impression Confession: I did not like Brigitte the first time I met her, but I really wanted to. It was in the early stages of...

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Girl Crush: Jaime Wedholm

Who: Jaime Wedholm, brilliant graphic designer, brand champion, and small business ambassador. Why I crush: I have had the good fortune to watch Jaime's business grow over the last 4 years, and kind of feel like I am part of her story. Jaime is relentlessly positive, except when she's had a few glasses of wine. She's still positive, just with more swear words. I am proud to call her my colleague and lucky to call her my friend. 1st Impression Confession: I had completely forgotten where and when I met Jaime. Fortunately, Jaime did remember where we met - at a networking event at...

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Girl Crush: Velva Dawn

Who: Velva Dawn Silver, goddess healer and teacher, a beacon to all those in the light, angel and goddess healing realm. Why I crush: Velva Dawn has been through so many challenges in the few years that I have known her, and she has overcome every single one - as she would say - with ease and grace. Velva Dawn is genuine, caring and easy to be around. She has a collection of women around her who she wholeheartedly supports and who love her equally in return.  1st Impression Confession: My first encounter with Velva Dawn happened over the phone. I had been told...

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Girl Crush: Rada Chalfin

Who: Rada Chalfin, fashion-forward, closet-cleaning, style consultant who will cull your closet, telling you to toss that sweater from 2001.  Rada knows the rules of fashion aren't one size fits all. Why I crush: Rada has such great energy and her videos on the Style U Best Facebook page make sense to anyone who watches them. Rada has no fear about telling it like it is, but she genuinely wants every woman to embrace her shape and wear only the clothes that suit her best. Her accent is charming, and reminiscent of my childhood, where I was surrounded by string women who...

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Girl Crush: Yvonne Laanstra

Who: Yvonne Laanstra, certified in many things including colour co-ordinating, interior decorating and home staging. In short, she can make ugly seem glorious and harmonious (my words, btw). Realtors love her for her staging finesse.   Why I crush: Yvonne is a lovely person, right through to her core. She continually surprises me with her fearless approach to anything she sets her mind to. She is a dreamer and a doer, and she inspires me daily. She jumps on board with all my crazy ideas and has been a supporter since the day we met. And here is a secret: Yvonne journals like...

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Girl Crush: Julie Van Rosendaal

Who: Julie van Rosendaal, food celebrity, blogger, cookbook writer, and producer of the my favourite recipe newsletter on Dinner With Julie. Why I crush: Julie is my favourite celebrity who doesn't think she is famous. Her modesty is legendary and she will blush when you draw attention to her mad skills in the kitchen. She is not shy about her passion for food and cooking, though. The recipes she shares on her website are infused with stories of live and great memories and that is exactly what food should be about. As a bonus, the recipes are totally do-able and don't require trips...

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Girl Crush: Dina Ferreira Stoddard

Who: Dina Ferreira Stoddard, creative genius behind Klutch Photography.com, mom of two girls, big personality (with killer halloween makeup skills)  Why I crush: Dina and I lived in the same neighbourhood in British Columbia, Canada. She has moxie - for real. She has so much energy and her love for life is infectious. She can laugh at herself and her two daughters, and has happiness written all over her. She has mad talent as a photographer and I will forever treasure our family photo session where she was able to capture the essence of motherhood: wiping a stray booger from my son's...

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Girl Crush: Katie Krimitsos

[caption id="attachment_23143" align="alignright" width="150"] © Jessica Leigh Photography[/caption] Who: Katie Krimitsos, founder of Biz Women Rock, podcaster, tireless cheerleader of women entrepreneurs. Why I crush: Katie and I have never met in person, unless you count our video chats. She is a champion of women in business, a mom to an adorable little girl and a partner in biz and life to her husband Chris. Katie has infectious energy and a laugh that makes anyone smile. She works hard, sets lofty goals and always has an eye on what's next. She shows up in sweaty, post-workout glory on Facebook Live because she...

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