Why Sole Girls is Sole Awesome

Growing up, I always on the lookout for other like-minded girls and groups to join. I would have been thrilled to have been a part of a group like Sole Girls as a pre-teen and teenager.

Sole Girls is an amazing organization that via creative running games empowers girls ages 6 through 12. They provide them with tools to develop healthy ideas about body image, media, healthy living, peers and self-esteem. They offer weekly sessions, camps as well as workshops for these girls. They also organize events such as Sunday’s Sole Awesome 5K for the entire family, with funds directly going to some of their scholarship programs.

Sunday, I had the chance to partake in their Sole Awesome 5K thanks to MEC and got to meet some of the most incredible young girls. It was a fun morning filled with both running and also super fun activities like 3-Legged Races, on-course obstacles, dance parties, and more! Every kilometre of the run highlighted one of the Sole Programs’ core values, which are: Support, Open-Mindedness, Listening and Enthusiasm.

In addition to Sunday’s events, Sole Girls have lots of programs and initiatives planned for the summer including their Summer Camps, which start in July in and around Vancouver, North Vancouver, South Surrey, Langley and Calgary.

There is no doubt in my mind that if I would have been able to join a group like Sole Girls, when I was younger, that it would have been such a huge help for me after my parents’ divorce. It would have been such a great support system and would have without a doubt helped me with my self-esteem and maybe even help counter the eating disorder I had during my teens.

I was really inspired by all of the positivity that radiated from all the girls present at Sunday’s Sole Girls that I’ve decided to become a Soleteer, a volunteer with Sole Girls! If this is something that might interest you or to find out more about Sole Girls, go here.

A big thank you to MEC and Sole Girls for allowing me to be a part of Sunday’s Sole Awesome 5K, it was a truly memorable experience!

Photos by Scott & Pam McFarlane

Show You #GiveACare With Rethink

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Breast Cancer is a cause that is dear to my heart. My mom is a breast cancer survivor and I have unfortunately seen too many people in my life lose their battle to breast cancer.

The amazing organization Rethink Breast Cancer is doing something special for Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) again this year. In addition to their famous Boobyball, they are partnering up with several notable companies across Toronto to raise awareness for the cause and also to raise funds that go towards helping and educating young people concerned and affected by breast cancer.

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This year, Rethink Breast Cancer launched their very own Give-A-Care collection, a fun collection of branded apparel and chic accessories. For each item sold, 100% of the money will be donated to Rethink. In addition to this collection, they’ve partnered up with retailers such as Ardene, H&M, Peace Collective, Aerie, etc. who will be donating a portion of the sales of certain items (like the ones below!) to Rethink during the month of October.

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For more information on the Give-A-Care collection or Rethink Breast Cancer, go here.

Hello Kidogo Kidogo #DailyOutfit

I was really excited to receive in the mail today two Kidogo Kidogo iphone cases and here’s why: Kidogo Kidogo (which means “little by little” in Swahili)  is a super cool nonprofit organization that was started by two sisters (after the youngest of the two spent time working in development in Africa) in Richmond, Virginia. Their goal: to bring mobile technology to women in Tanzania (only 36% of women who live there have a mobile phone!) who otherwise could not afford it. Pretty cool huh? Basically, for each phone case the girls sell, they buy a phone or phone credits for a woman in Tanzania. Reading up on Kidogo Kidogo, made me realize that we often take for granted just how many things we can do with our phones in addition to calling/texting. As they write: “A mobile phone is a flashlight, a watch, a camera and a radio. It’s a way to make secure banking transactions, monitor consumer markets, stay abreast of changing weather and receive health reminders and updates.”

All the iPhone cases were designed by a Tanzanian-based artist named Sarah Markes, which feature some of Tanzania’s most iconic wildlife.

Love my two new cases! Looking forward to seeing how Kidogo Kidogo grows!

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Zara gold stud plaid shirt (similar one here)

Zara gold stud high heel boots

H&M stretch mini skirt  

Forever 21 brass vintage bib necklace