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Leader Profile: Reagan Jewitt

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Reagan Jewitt is a self proclaimed "yogi who loves oils, prairie hearted, mountain loving girl who likes to pump iron and who also enjoys living a life by design" in Nelson, British Columbia with her husband and four kids. She is a Young Living Essential Oils Independent Distributor, one of the founders of ‘The Real Deal’ team, and is a Yoga and Nia instructor.

"After I finished school, I started working and was feeling really lost and unsure just of the whole system of what work is and the confined hours of a 40 hour work week with 2 weeks vacation time a year. I wanted to see what else was out there in the world so I decided to go traveling. I ended up finding Nia while I was in Thailand which is kind of my first big love that opened me up to a whole world of just looking at things in a different way and right after I finished my Nia training in BC, I met my husband, Danny which was all in perfect timing.

We knew we wanted a big family and it was important to us for one of us to be at home with our kids so he was a teacher and we made that decision that I would stay home. Living off of a teacher’s income was tight at times, but we made it work. I remember a time one spring where we were just really crunched for money, and I ended up picking up Louise Hayes book, You Can Heal Your Life. I started following a lot of the stuff she said in that book, working on mindset and also really working on the prosperity section of that book and changing that kind of mindset. Then I wrote down this huge list of the things that I wanted, and it felt like such a stretch and I had no idea how it was going to happen. I started selling Young Living about six months later, and from there I slowly built my team and we created our team called ‘The Real Deal’. It is symbolic of the girls on my team who are really just honest, open and real about life, and honest with people in a real way. It fit in really well with the Nia and Yoga and the healthy lifestyle stuff that I believe in. Eventually we started to see a lot of success and ended up accomplishing many of those things on my list like moving out to BC and Danny being able to quit his job and be really involved with the kids and their activities.

When I first moved to Nelson I experienced a bit of questioning about purpose, identity and what it was I truly wanted. There are a vast array of unique people in this community and I thought "what am I? What am I here for?", and after a while of this questioning, it just came back to "just do the things that you really love doing and sharing, and don’t worry about the rest". I really had to sit down and think what is it that brings me true joy, and not trying to be some kind of label or something that I’m not. I had to ask myself, what is it that works for me? It really is about being honest and real with yourself, and why you want certain things, and having gratitude and appreciating those things once you have them. It’s definitely special to see the family enjoying Nelson, but also for the kids just seeing us living our life on our own terms. To show them that it’s possible. That you have a choice. There’s always a choice.

To create a life that you love you really need to believe that it can happen. Don’t worry so much about how it’s going to happen, but more what the feeling will be after having whatever it is that you want in your life. The more that you can draw that feeling into the body, the more you’re going to attract things that bring you those feelings. Staying as positive as you can, and having some sort of practice of meditation, or some time every day where you’re actually thinking about how you want to feel. The feelings are more important than what you have. Just take things one step at a time and be consistent at taking one little step every day. Sometimes it can feel like a goal is a mountain away but if you just keep steady at it, those steps will bring you to the life you always believed in."

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Do you know a Leader? Someone that is inspiring to you or others because they are living a life that they love? Please send your nominations or ideas of other Leaders that could be profiled to [email protected] The only criteria are that they are living a life they love :)

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Leader Profile: Richelle Dahl

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My second Leader Profile is of Richelle Dahl of Dahling Productions.  Richelle is a dance teacher and operates a creative performing arts company that puts on musical, theatre, visual arts and dancing productions that allow so many in her community to showcase their talents and be part of her inspiring and uplifting messages.

“I believe that my life is shaped and moulded by my faith. A turning point occurred in my life when I met Jesus, and I began to understand that the talents and giftings I have came from Him and the purpose He gives me, and while I was in college I learned how I could use my passions and strengths to share a meaningful message with people. That allowed me to set out and try to reach my community through the performing arts. I want my work to inspire and encourage reflection in everyone who sees it. It’s my company’s vision to make the performing arts accessible to every type of person for the purpose of company members and audience to walk away better than they came. I wouldn't be able to do what I do without the support of others, so it is extremely important that I surround myself with like-minded people to sharpen me and help me stay consistent in my goals.

I believe that life is about knowing who you are and what you set your foundation on, and then creating and carrying out a vision for yourself from that point. Knowing those things keeps me grounded when life gets confusing or tough. Sometimes it’s hard to live a balanced life and keep myself in check with what’s really important, so I’m always reminding myself personally and in my company what my vision is because then when I measure success in both, I can check back with my goals and know that is what true success is. I feel the most happy, and fulfilled when I am practicing those things.

I think living life in a genuine and authentic way is really important, but you can’t do that if you don’t know who you are. You have to start at the foundation, and then grow and build from there. So asking yourself, “Who do I want to be? What’s important to me? What are my values, morals, and vision?”.  That gives you something to look back on and ask “are my actions matching up with who I say I am?", and pushes you forward into becoming who you want to be and how you want to choose to impact the world with your life.”

Do you know a Leader? Someone that is inspiring to you or others because they are living a life that they love? Please send your nominations or ideas of other Pavers that could be profiled to [email protected] The only criteria are that they are living a life they love :)

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Leader Profile: Jacqueline Tuffs

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My first “Leader Profile” is of Jacqueline Tuffs who owns fitness studio, Get Jacqued (Jacqueline Tuffs Fitness). I remember hearing the story that when she first started out there was 1 person who showed up to her first class. Now as a wife, Mom, and full-time fitness professional, she is filling classes with clients. She’s has expanded her career as a fitness educator, being one of 6 Beachbody LIVE Master Trainers in Canada. But she had to start somewhere. Check out her story below to learn more about how Jacqueline created and is living this life that she loves.

"Creating the life I love was really about deciding what is important, looking ahead and filtering out the things that are going to come along the way. It was important to me to create a secure environment that felt inclusive for everyone, and that is one of the things I’m most proud of. I believed if people felt safe, they would buy into that, and then in return would buy into themselves. It’s easy to get lost in what you think you should be doing versus what’s important to do, but I have always lead with the heart and not with the business, and that’s why the business has continued to build. I want each person to feel successful, supported and trusting, and if they didn’t feel that, I don’t think they would come.

When I’m living the life that I love, I feel like I am making positive contributions of myself and my time in my family, business and community, and it is just a good flow. You have to put yourself first, and that is sometimes hard for women--Mom’s especially. If you fill yourself up first, you have just that much more to give to everyone else, and when you’re happy, everyone feels that positive effect, and that effect just keeps trickling down the line.

If I were to give advice to someone about creating a life that they love it would be to ask yourself, what is important to you? What are your core values? What do you envision for yourself in your life? If what you’re doing doesn’t excite or inspire you to continue to learn and do better and to encourage the next person to continue to learn and be better, then what can you do to make a change? The people that you choose to surround yourself with have a big impact on how you perceive yourself and your life. You need to surround yourself with people who have the same values as you, who are positive, and are happy for you when you are happy and are sad for you when you are sad. It’s about connection. When you can connect with people, there are endless possibilities for you.

Whatever you decide to do there’s always challenges, but the challenges are good. They help you decide “is this really worth it?”. It has to be something that you desire for yourself, I think everyone has that little fire inside, and it’s up to you to decide whether you tap in on that or not. Someone very wise once told me, if you don’t buy into yourself, how are you going to make anybody else buy into you? If you’re open to education, knowledge, feedback, guidance, then you can just keep going and going. Be open-minded, be willing to listen to others and to learn from them. You can learn something from every single person that you cross paths with. I know I have."

Do you know someone who is leading their way? Someone that is inspiring to you or others because they are living a life that they love? Please send your nominations or ideas for future profiles to [email protected] The only criteria is that they are living a life they love.

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