Olivia is passionate about wellness. Through applying simple positivity, nutrition, and an active lifestyle she has managed to go from someone who followed what others were doing, to a person who has taken control of her own life. Presently, she is living downtown Toronto attending Ryerson University. She is studying a Bachelor of Commerce, specializing in Retail Management. Although she now lives in a big city where differences are celebrated, that is not how she grew up. Living in a small town was secure, but also restricting. For a long time she struggled to figure out why she always felt slightly out of place throughout her years in high school. She realized that everyone was trying to be the same person, but no one knew exactly who that was, putting aside their own passions for the passion of their social group. Olivia has spent the past two years trying to better herself, becoming a unique, independent individual. Through wellness activities, like yoga, proper nutrition, and experiencing different cultures of Toronto, she has come to realize that there is no single mold for life that everyone fits into. We must create our own world in which we feel comfortable, ignoring what others say we should be doing. Olivia believes that when we feel comfortable and confident with whom we are, others can see this “vibe”, and they will want to experience the same.
By surrounding herself with bright colours, essential oils, and even crystals, Olivia has become comfortable with what makes her different, and she wants others to embrace the “weirdness” in them as well. This is the only way to truly find happiness.
One of her favorite quotes is that “the life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have” (Anna Quindlen). We can all change if we aren’t happy with who we have become, it just takes one simple step out of our comfort zone and into the unknown.
Questions with Olivia
Why did you choose to become a tokii trendsetter?
There are very few businesses operating presently that have the values of Tokii. I have always wanted to help others who seem to be constantly stressed and worried. I believe that I can do that through Wearable Therapy. By allowing what we feel on the inside to be shown, we can take control of our feelings and be more confident with ourselves. Once we are comfortable with whom we are there is no obstacle we can not overcome.
Can you tell us one way you are working toward self-improvement in your own life?
Finding happiness in the smallest of things! Through having gratitude for a sunny day in the middle of a Canadian winter, the smell of coffee in the morning, or even a smile from a stranger passing by on the street, I have realized that I do not need a lot to be happy. That good feeling we get after we buy something new only lasts so long. Through finding happiness in the little things, I have become a much more positive person.
If you could have any living person over for dinner, who would it be?
I would love to have dinner with Tibetan Buddhist nun, Pema Chodron. She is an ambassador of peace and wellness in America and has set an example of the lifestyle I wish to lead. She has written many teachings about having compassion for others and ourselves in the world. She grew up in New York but in her thirties discovered Buddhism and since then has become interested in establishing the monastic tradition in the West. She has written many books including “Start Where You Are” and “Smile at Fear” which can guide any person down a path of wellness who is wishing to live more simply. Her independence has truly inspired me to better myself and has guided me on my own spiritual journey.
What is your favorite product on Wearable Therapy?
The Road to Confidence blanket! Not only do I love the design and colors of the blanket, but also the message it portrays. Through different experiences, we can embrace what makes us unique and become confident with who we are.