Work It Wednesday - Jessie Baker
We're not going to lie, some of us at Work It Social are HUGE reality TV buffs and as it had it, we watched this (incredibly awkward) season of Bachelor Canada religiously. Although Chris' love story did not turned out exactly how anyone had hoped (poor Mikaela!) we did fall in love with some of the leading ladies of the show. The best part? Jessie Baker, one of the contestants, has used her newfound platform to help inspire other #GIRLBOSSES to truly #workit, supporting other women to develop a strong voice through sharing her personal stories. You'll want to read up on this (and be sure to follow her on Instagram, too!)
1. First off, tell us a little about YOU. Who IS Jessie Baker?
I am anything but simple. I'm 100% complicated, a little rough around the edges and by no means claim to be perfect. I identify as REAL. What makes me ME is my love for life and my willingness to be myself, love myself, and inspire others to do the same!
2. What drives you?
My girltribe and spirits sisters help raise me up and fuel my fire to continue to spread love and be happy. I've learned that surrounding myself with good people drives me to be better!
3. As we've seen on both Bachelor Canada and your empowering social media presence, you are a total #girlboss! Why is it important for you to support other women?
You asked what drives me and to be honest, it's THIS. Inspiring and supporting other women. What an incredible journey I've embarked on of helping women own their worth! Our society has created such a negative culture of woman v. woman. It's the classic: "she's pretty than me, she's skinnier than me" or the "she's a bitch, she's a slut," where women compete with one another rather than collaborating. I'm guilty of falling into that atmosphere when I was in highschool. I was a bully - straight up. But I've come to see the beauty of a sisterhood on the Bachelor Canada and now with my girltribe I work with and it has brought me to where I am today.
4. Who is someone you really admire and why?
My idol is Nelson Mandela. I don't get too wrapped up in politics, but I admire him so much for the fact that he stood for what he believed in and stayed loyal to the people that needed him most. Someone that can sacrifice their life for each others is someone that deserves to be admired. Being loyal is one of my most respected qualities in a person. I am forever in awe of what he did for others.
5. Being filmed on the Bachelor Canada must have been a huge learning experience! Can you tell us about a key takeaway you had?
It's hard to even pick one key takeaway because I feel like I took so much. If I had to narrow it down to one thing, It was learning to open my heart and to completely love myself. I've always been a confident person on the outside, but there's something about loving yourself from the inside that is sometimes difficult. So, I learned to love me and now I'm ready to love others!
6. What projects are you most excited about in the coming year?
I am so incredibly blessed with such a beautiful platform now. I'm shooting for the stars in the new year, I am going to change the world in whatever way I can. I've teamed up with an organization called GirlTribe and through that, I plan to life coach and mentor women to live their dreams and love their LIVES!
I am hoping to do some motivational speaking, attending some middle and high schools to speak with girls on anti-bullying and am currently working on self-esteem building workshops.
7. Your favourite quote to live by?
Life is what you make it.
8. Looking forward to 2018, are there any personal or professional resolutions you've set?
a) Designate electronic-free time
As my life coaching and mentorship program relies heavily on electronics, I found my days sometimes consumed by it so designating times and places were I just disconnect from the outside world and have some self-love time!
b) Blog more
I adore writing, it's therapeutic for me. I need to do it more.
Personal resolutions (are basically endless):
a) Health is my number one priority going into 2018. I would like to be med-free (for Crohn's Disease) this year.
b) Be grateful for three things everyday (even when I feel like life's hard)
9. How do you #workit everyday?
I wake up everyday and the first thing I do is say THANKS. It's about feeling blessed to have another day to inspire others and be inspired by others. To reach out to women all around the world and help them find their worth. I #workit everyday by simply doing what I love. LIVING MY DREAMS and showing others how to do the same.
Are you an awesome Toronto entrepreneur or influencer who should be featured on Work It Wednesday? Be sure to send us an email at email@example.com and tell us how you #workit!