In today’s society, there are so many different interpretation for the word “Adventure”. Some may affiliate adventure with travel and exploration, and some may associate it with adrenaline and risk-taking. This month we had the pleasure of meeting up with an inspirational young woman who chooses to take life as an everyday adventure, and to live each day to the fullest.
Jamie Wainman is from beautiful Calgary and is presently a student at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. She is the founder of the Own Your Sunshine Movement and is extremely passionate about adventure, health, and wellness. From her active BTS* selfies to her educational live videos, we are extremely curious as to what adventure meant for her!
Adventure for me means an escape that makes your soul light up. I believe an adventure could be something as little as going for a walk somewhere new to as big as summiting a mountain or traveling internationally. My favourite adventures always involves nature!
Aside from being an essential oils expert, Jamie is also an ambassador for Sisu Girls, an international community of women and girls who are courageous in their goals and aspirations while developing through sport and adventure.
I decided to join because I loved that it promoted leading by example. Instead of just talking about empowerment, you are empowering girls and women through showing them that anyone can be brave and adventurous by living a life constantly pushing for self development.
Being an adventurous seeker, Jamie has traveled to a handful of places herself and is eager to see more of this beautiful world we live in. She sees travelling as a fantastic way to gain new insights and experiences. It enables us to learn about different areas of the world, teaches us about the past by learning how people live and how countries have developed to where they are now. We see all kinds of beauty by exploring and immersing ourselves in different cultures. We befriend strangers, adapt a different mentality, and gain a new sense of freedom.
My favorite places that I’ve traveled to were Germany and Prague because they are both so rich with history. My dream is to someday travel to Machu Picchu. The history alone is riveting enough (I am a complete history geek), and tied with the architectural advancements of the Incas and the beautiful scenery on the hike… I can only imagine what an eye-opening experience it would be!
This past year, Jamie founded a movement called #OwnYourSunshine. This movement was inspired by her personal self-development journey where she found an optimistic way to escape from a toxic lifestyle and turning it into a meaningful way of life. Inspired by Danielle Laporte, Jamie begins her journey by defining her core values (Kindness, Integrity, Determination, Passion, and Health) and setting some personal kick-ass goals. She has stayed true to herself, and has began to fall in love with her days from the moment she wakes up till the moment she falls into bed. With a bright smile on her radiant face, Jamie tells us how life-changing it has been for her to find her purpose by taking a minute out of everything she did to be present in the moment, to acknowledge what she was feeling, and to share it with others. By choosing and honoring her own happiness, she is a contagious spirit spreading happiness locally and nationally through her social media platforms to thousands of followers.
I choose the word sunshine specifically because whenever I found myself happy, I would be radiating with light and I could feel it shining from me. This is why I call my happy moments .. sunshine moments! My sunshine moments range from taking a bath to adventuring outdoors.
For 2017, Jamie will be focusing on 10 different areas of her life: relationships, career, personal development, wellness, education, adventure, financial, health and spiritual. She has highlighted each area will a specific goal – which you can read all about in her blog post here! We love the way she identified each goal with an action and we have no doubt she will crush all of them with her endless energy and ambitions. Keep on shining, sunshine! We are rooting for you!
Choose Love. – Jamie Wainman