Hey guys! We are introducing a fun segment I have always wanted to try out called Crew Q's. The fun part behind this brand is the diversity it possesses regarding:
We want to showcase different types of people with varying interests - be it photography, parenthood, creativity, food, occupations, family, travel, etc. - by asking a handful of questions and getting to know some fun peeps! Everyone has a story and we would love to get to know all of you gems out there!
(nominate a crew to be featured by emailing us at email@example.com)
Asking questions is a vital part of wonderment and life. The answers are always an inspiring discovery. I'll go first.
1. || What are 3 things you value in life? (+ why)
First off is family - hands down. I am my best and my worst with those guys and through it all they still get me. I grew up in a large family that offered a lot of diversity and growth. I like to call them my default crew and I would do anything for those guys. The memories we have are gold but the trials we have gone through together offer all the strength and grit behind almost everything we do in life and for this space.
Spirituality. Not everyone places this on the priority list and I can respect that but for me the chance to reflect and meditate who I am, where I come from, and why I'm here gives my life purpose. Keeps me going! I need all the guidance I can get.
Kindness + happiness. This is a must for me and it goes a long way. I feel like I'm my best self and that others around me are their best when things are positive and healthy. The radiance of a content and cheerful person is contagious but it's not always easy so I value making happy a habit and working my way out of my funks. I feel my best when I'm in a grateful and uplifting state - hence, the whole purpose behind this brand.
2. || How would you define success?
Simple contentment in who I am, what I do, and how I do it - even when I fall short. I don't think anyone ever realistically has "made it" in life. We are all here and we are all crushing it in our own way. Focus on and sing the praises of good found throughout each day with a grateful heart. That's the real stuff. That's the important stuff.
3. || One thing you can't live without?
Contacts + glasses. I'm blind as a baaaaaat! I've had glasses since grade 2 and begged my mom for contacts in grade 7 so I could downplay my nerd game. It kind of worked. Kind of.
4. || What is one thing you admire in other people?
Natural conversation. I'm sure you know the type of people I'm talking about, my husband is one! They seem like they are everyone's best friend because they care to get to know you and can shoot the breeze about anything!
I find we can get so distracted and closed off with technology these days that we don't speak to one another! (Or at least it's rare and often hard to do.) I'm always amazed by those people that can make social settings a blast by speaking to anyone with ease.
5. || Current favourite song or music genre?
If you know me, this question is impossible! I can't narrow this down very well because I'm a lover of almost ALL tunes. I do love to wind down in the dark with my headphones on to cozy acoustics. Gives me all the feels.
We love to curate playlists! You can check them out here.
6. || For you, what does it mean to "be you with your crew"?
Just to be able to say it, feel it, do it, sing it, live it, and be it naturally without any hateful judgement. And if they don't let you be you, then what's the point? I don't necessarily think everyone needs to love everyone but to understand someone's weird or emotional side and to have the patience for their crazy is so freeing! Be you and let others be them!
"You're imperfect, and you're wired for struggle, but you're worthy of love and belonging." - Brene Brown
7. || How do you like to create memories and make life happy?
Most of the time my favourite memories are in nature. My parents embedded this into the hearts of each one of my siblings when we were young. It's beautiful and amazing! I'm usually always up for things unless I'm burned out or my feelings are hurt haha. [TRUTH BOMB!] That's when I just need to take a break, maybe catch some alone time, and fill my tank back up with a book... or more nature haha.
I'm the first person to admit life isn't always happy. I know it. I get it. I live it. I like to turn that rough stuff around though with motivating quotes, journalling, serving others, taking pictures, exploring, quality time with family, nice people, gratitude lists, recharging with some alone time, or yummy food. Always always food.
8. || Who or what inspires you in life?
All the family + friends. I learn a lot from these guys.
Nature, photography + video. Throw in the perfect song to a simple videoed adventure and life is good. I love a good memory!
If you don't follow Kate Call (@latewithkate), you're missing out! She's a hilarious, beautiful and REAL human. Also, Ralphie (@simplyonpurpose) is a geniune soul with great parenting insight and perspective!