This week our #FEMMEFEATUREFRIDAY is one of our very own YGTG members, Calista Timmins! If you have the honour of knowing this incredible gal, you know that our girl Cali is truly something special! We just love her endless amounts of energy and her sincere desire to cultivate change and bring goodness to the world. We all have something to learn from Cali, and her tenacious spirit and loving character always remind us of our own true nature.

Cali studied Public Relations, Journalism and English Literature at both the State University of New York in Plattsburgh, New York and Victoria University of Wellington in Wellington, New Zealand. Today, Cali works as a bilingual Account Coordinator at Media Profile where she offers translation services to accounts that require communications in both French and English. Part of her work includes media monitoring and reporting and developing influencer campaigns for clients such as Yorkdale Shopping Centre, BritBox Canada and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Canada. During her free time, Cali merges her strong background in content creation and love of language by creating audio, video and visual content for the You Got This, Girl! App she helped create in 2018.

Cali operates from a place of love, which is what makes her a true queen. She is consistently evaluating herself and her decisions to ensure that she is staying aligned to the people, places and things that elevate and push her to be the best person she can be. It is from this place, a place of genuine self-love that we can begin to help others, and Cali effortlessly shows us how this is done. Thank you Cali for reminding us that radiating self-love is the one and only way we step into our infinite power.

Written by Alessia Rotino

Artwork by Chloe Bruderer (@chloeheartsart)

Artwork by Chloe Bruderer (@chloeheartsart)

Why is it important for women to be self-aware?

Self-awareness is one of the most important tools in your toolbox for so many reasons. At a basic level, it can really be about safety. Unfortunately, as women we can be vulnerable to a lot of horrible things, and having your wits about you is the first step in staying safe. On a deeper level, our bodies often access truths long before our minds get around to it. Being self-aware and in tune with your body is an amazing way to tap into your intuition. It helps us sense when something isn’t quite right, if we’re on the wrong path, if it’s time to move on from people or places or things, and it’s the best way to practice self-reflection so that we can continue to better ourselves. 

What are some of your daily practices? What do you do everyday to keep your energy and spirits high?

Consistency is one of my weaknesses and by far the thing I’m most anxious to improve on. This past year I took a transcendental meditation course, and I try to incorporate that practice into my daily routine. Body scans are also something I do every morning. As I mentioned, being in tune with your body is so important, and for a little energizer bunny like me, staying still is something I struggle with. Taking those moments at the beginning of the day to practice stillness and connect with myself is super important. I also journal fairly regularly, which always alleviates somuch tension and stress.

If you could thank one woman for making a difference in your life, who would it be and why?

I’m sure this is cliché, but it’s got to be my mom. She raised me by herself, and it’s been the two of us against the world for as long as I can remember. My mom taught me the importance of independence, she gave me my introduction to feminism, and she is the only person who is always in my corner, no matter what. We finish each other’s sentences, we are often compared to the Gilmore Girls, and honestly, we just have a lot of fun together.

If you could go back in time and give your 10-year-old self some advice, what would you say to her?

Your value does not come from how others perceive you. When you let the opinions of others dictate your actions, you give them all your power. While it might feel good for a moment or two, when you operate from that place of fear - fear of not being loved, fear of not being enough - you’re only going to contribute more and more to that hollow feeling inside of you. Make choices from a place of love. Love for yourself and love for others. You can fake a lot of things in life and generally get good results if you’re crafty. Confidence, knowledge, skills. But you can’t fake love for yourself. Practice being still; practice getting to know yourself. Love that girl; you’re stuck with her. Success isn’t going to fill your holes, only love can do that. And whatever you do, please, don’t ever stop fucking fighting.

What’s your definition of a YGTGirl? 

A YGTGirl is someone who radiates love and kindness naturally because first and foremost, she knows how to love herself. She is dedicated to making positive changes to the lives around her, and she operates from a place of empathy and love.