Life Lessons From My Dad

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Me and my Dad, Saint Lucia 2016

My Dad is my hero. He is smart, supportive, hilarious, selfless, loving, tough when required, hard working and multitalented. Continue reading

Think Big-Picture To Find Passion

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If you Google “passion quotes”, an endless list of inspirational pictures and page results appear! You don’t need anyone to tell you that “finding your passion in life” is a hot topic. Continue reading

#SquadGoals! The Importance of Having the Right People Around You

A girl is only as good as her squad. Yes, it’s a rip off of “A man is only as good as his team,” but I cannot emphasize enough the importance of having the right people around you to back you up and to believe in you. Life is so much easier and enjoyable if you have the right #Squad in your work-life and personal-life.

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Isabel’s Millennialogue: Why Travel?

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Hi, everyone! I am back into the swing of things after a month-long vacation to the Philippines, Thailand and Ethiopia. Naturally I now have to blog about “why one should travel”. For a while in the beginning of my professional life, I did not enjoy traveling. I did not understand why I needed to leave home because I love being home on that lazy Sunday, watching Netflix, reading a good book and/or drinking a delicious pot of tea. It was just recently when I had learned to appreciate traveling and I’m now going to tell you why. Continue reading

Isabel’s Millennialogue: Make Your Mantra for 2016

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Resolutions never work! At least for me they don’t. This year my resolution was to be punctual. Alas, I am still that friend who is always late. As a teenager my resolution was always to lose enough weight to get to 120 lbs. Never have I ever been that weight! Well, maybe when I was … say 11 years old?  If you’re like me, instead of making a resolution for 2016, try making a mantra. Continue reading

Isabel’s Millennialogue: Life and Lemons

Sometimes life gives you lemons that are so bad, you just can’t make lemonade.  Don’t panic!  Everyone gets lemons in varying degrees.  Try not to be a party pooper, deal with it and live your life!  Of course you can rant about it with your close friends and family, but don’t dwell on it for too long — vent and move on.  Life is not perfect and that’s what makes it interesting. Continue reading

KNOVO: Supporting Women in Corporate Calgary

I love Calgary. But the fact that we are one of the “worst places to be a woman in Canada” irks me. We are a highly diverse, multicultural city with so much to do and so much to experience and I want people to see that. It’s time for change. It’s time to show people that Calgary is inclusive and diverse. It’s time to create an environment where women are fully participating in, contributing to, and leading efforts to build Alberta’s economy. And this is exactly what KNOVO aims to do. Continue reading

Isabel’s Millennialogue: Work Hard, Play Hard

Sometimes I feel like giving up. Sometimes I feel like simply coasting through life and taking the easy route. I have to slap myself out of it and remember why I’m doing what I’m doing. Continue reading

Isabel’s Millennialogue: On Social Anxiety

Hi, everyone! This is the second and final part of my Confidence and Social Anxiety Series. As I said before I’ve got way too much to say on this subject, which is why I split it into two parts. This vlog is on Social Anxiety. Continue reading

Isabel’s Millennialogue: Embrace the Mess

Millennialogue [mil-len-ee-uh-log] (noun):
A speech written or spoken by a member of the Millennial generation about topics concerning the Millennial generation; first written and posted on the internet via YouTube by Isabel Valoria; seriously, before this post “millennialogue” was not found anywhere by Google 🙂

But seriously, “embrace the mess” (Nora Ephron, 1996) has really put a new and positive perspective in my life. Continue reading