Tell us a little about yourself as a female creative or entrepreneur.
I’m a full-time accounting technician in a law firm that as a side job teaches karate⏤My passion. Karate has always been a part of me ever since I can remember. It has shaped me into the woman I’ve become. It has brought me confidence, discipline, perseverance in my everyday life. Has definitely helped my mental and physical state of mind.
Did you pick up any new hobbies during the pandemic?
In Summertime, I started hiking and enjoying the outdoors.
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What is your go-to affirmation?
Never give up
What is your best quality and your worst flaw?
I consider myself a good multitasker. A flaw that I’m working on and karate has helped me is that I am a nervous/anxious person but I need to learn to control it
Looking back on the past couple of years, what is the highlight?
Balancing a full-time job with teaching and assisting my husband with our Karate School.
What challenges or struggles have you faced as a young woman? Some struggles or misconceptions are that women can’t be as strong as men to do/teach karate. But this art/sport has definitely proven otherwise. In worldwide tournaments, women have shown the world that they can do it and overcome the stereotype that men are stronger than women. And as for teaching, women bring a different approach to karate and are more detailed and meticulous in what they bring to this art.
What is your ultimate dream goal?
Slowly switch from my full-time job as an accounting technician to full-time karate teacher.
Which female role models inspire you and why? My mom. Yet she has never done karate, is my ultimate warrior. She is one of the strongest women I know.
What are important topics that you would like to bring awareness to and why?
Which upcoming projects can we expect to see from you?
Our dojo hosts an annual fundraiser to support the Canadian Cancer Society and children in need.
What inspired you to start your own karate school?
Growing up doing karate for me was everything. Not sure if I hadn’t continued and persevered in this sport/art that I would be where I am today in life. Also, through karate, I met my loving husband which was just a blessing. Once we got married and saw what karate has brought us, we decided to pass on the wisdom and knowledge that we have acquired throughout the years to the newer generation. That is what inspired us to open our school.
What piece of advice would you like to share with aspiring young women?
Never give up. Sometimes obstacles come your way and make your dreams/goals seem impossible. But you have to push through, continue and be persistent.
What does your self-care routine look like?
A good night’s sleep, healthy eating, and keeping hydrated are a must for me!
What is your favorite quote?
There are no mistakes, only opportunities -Tina Fey.
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