As my 34th Birthday approaches in a couple of weeks, I seem to be reflecting with my girlfriends more than ever.... (some approaching and some well into their thirties and fourties). We have discussed what is expected of us; children, relationships, financial status, social media presence, and even the pressure to look a certain way and under a certain age- we have outrageously unrealistic expectations put on us and it seems to only get harder with age. With Instagram being so powerful and sovereign today, it also seems to be near impossible NOT to compare ourselves to endless women’s lives that we scroll through on the daily.
With this being said, I decided to put together an intimate meditation and therapy workshop with my friend Nicole Divell, @radicaldivellopment, based around the stigmas of women and what is expected of us. The goal of this workshop is to further create a community and conversation for us women to feel that we are not alone in making our (albeit sometimes different from others’) own life choices and to guide each other in whatever we may be struggling with in our lives today.
This workshop took place on Tuesday, August 13th at the beautiful POA Studio from 7-9pm.
Founder of Fitness by Jacflash, Jaclyn Genovese and Nicole Divell (ICF and CHCA Certified) will lead this 2 hour meditation and group coaching session. Nicole has a background in Journalism and Communications, and has traveled and worked in many realms that have opened her eyes to the truth of the human experience.
"All we have is today" is a statement Nicole lives by to alleviate the pressure of "getting it all done" in a world where it never seems to be enough. We are either thriving or suffering, living or learning, choosing love or choosing fear. Nicole started her health and wellness and life coaching journey two years ago and is determined to create conversation around introspective change as a means to live our most authentic life.
Nicole lead us in a meditation and a group discussion about STIGMAS. Beauty. Body Image. Fertility. Aging. Social Presence. Sexuality. Lifestyle Choices. Everything that us as women are constantly dealing with/fearing and feeling.
This Group Coaching Sequence was based around BELIEFS. What are we believing in for all of
this pressure to even be real? Once we can shift the belief, we can shift the idea
of lack. Once we shift the idea of lack, we become more in the present state. This can be applied to; I donʼt feel beautiful enough. I donʼt feel skinny enough. I donʼt feel visible in the world. I donʼt feel I'm where I should be. I want more for my life and donʼt know how to get it. I donʼt want to be alone. I'm afraid I wonʼt have a family. I'm afraid they are judging me. ANYTHING and EVERYTHING will be brought into discussion this evening.
Photos by Alana De Haan
I started @fitnessbyjacflash so as to feel like I finally have a community of women who want the same things as me and some of my closest friends now are my #fitnessbyjacflash sisters. 🧘🏿♀️🧘🏽♀️🧘🏻♀️🧘🏼♀️🧘🏾♀️ My goal was to further educate myself in my mind, body and soul. I wanted something meaningful to do with people that wanted to grow like me. I wanted to feel strong and whole and to have something to do and look forward to that didn’t include partying or drinking. 🍾🍾🍾🍾 Something that makes me feel good and whole, energized and loved especially when I wake up the morning after, not sad and lonely and exhausted. There is nothing wrong with partying and celebrating, but I wanted even more for myself and I noticed my friends wanted the same. ☀️☀️☀️☀️
This Summer’s #fitnessbyjacflash workshop on the BMO Field with the @torontoArgos was beautiful and invigorating and all things amazing and I was beyond thrilled to finally be able to share the #fitnessbyjacflash experience with men as well! 🙏🏿🙏🏽🙏🏻🙏🏼🙏🏾 Thank you again for everyone’s support in @fitnessbyjacflash thus far and I can’t wait to expand, thrive and explore together even further! #letsgetstrongtogether 🎥 🎥🎥🎥 This incredible video was made by the brilliant @mrdamiansingh and his team @dmastermind__money3production and @dwayne.sommerville
When Spaces by Jacflash client, For Real Dough asked us to help design their new cookie dough shop in Hamilton, ON, we jumped at the chance!
From the front window’s acrylic sprinkle swing, the pink channelled upholstered bench and whimsical, floating cloud pendants, this cookie dough shop was designed with an experiential atmosphere from start to finish.
Whether you want to book for your own events, photo shoots, or pop up shops, or you simply want to come by during store hours for some delicious treats, this family-owned business “doughs” it all!!
The Fitness by Jacflash yoga workshop that took place on the BMO Field was a blast- but the day wasn’t finished just there!
The workshop also includds a ticket to the Argos game taking place that evening. Each guest’s ticket to the Argos game was included in the event's goodie bags, and all tickets were blocked off together in one 'Fitness by Jacflash' section of the stadium, so that everyone could enjoy the game together!
Photography by Christina Hayles
On Saturday July 6th, Fitness by Jacflash hosted our favourite yoga workshop yet, on the BMO Field with the Toronto Argos!
This was our first ever co-ed workshop!
Extra special thank you to our incredible sponsors of the day- Solei, EZ Lifestyle, Activeats, Undercarriage Deoderant, Trace Beverages, Sproos, Rawcology, K’pure Naturals, Brain Armor, Himalaya Toothpaste and Midday Squares
Argos player and motivational speaker, Matt Black lead us in an interactive 30 min discussion on the benefits of mobility in any training regime. Matthew Black is a retired 10 year CFL Veteran and 100th & 105th Grey Cup Champion. In 2016, he won the Jake Gaudaur Award and is a mentor for Huddle Up Bully Prevention, as well as an ambassador for "Make The Call, Ending Violence Against Women".
Bianca Venerayan (@biancavenerayan) then lead us in a one hour Hatha yoga session. Bianca is a Toronto-based writer, yoga/meditation teacher, content creator and Instagram influencer. Her work focuses on mental health, wellness, sex positivity, environmental sustainability, and social consciousness.
This yoga session was taught in a fun and enthusiastic style that makes attendees feel welcome and accepted.
I am also so grateful for our beautiful assistant yoga instructors who were there to help everyone in their poses and give some one on one love- thank you so much to Supriya Sethi, Sammantha Ritacco, Jessica Giglio, Anja Todorovic, Alana Di Clemente and Meredith Marr for their time and love!
And last but not least, thank you so much to all of the amazing attendees who came out to support and have fun!
Photos by Maria Bokhari and Eman Hall