This month, we’ll be hearing from inspiring women in our network and sharing their stories. We’re passionate about supporting women, especially in their health and wellness journeys. Read on to get top tips for living, working, and playing optimally from women trailblazers.
Profile: Jeanne Lavoie
Tell us about yourself.
I work full time as a Member Support Specialist at Optimity. My role consists of helping our user base and cooperate with the tech/product team to find solutions for them. I love the feeling of helping our users and finding resolutions for them. It gives me an immediate feeling of fulfillment. I am also currently studying part-time to become a certified translator, but I am unsure if I want to follow that path as I am really enjoying my experience working in a tech company.
What do you consider as your biggest achievement?
I worked as a simultaneous interpreter for an annual festival called World Wood Day (Taiwan based festival). I was working with a team of woodcarvers from all over the world, and I was helping mostly Africans and Latin-American communicate with each other. It is amazing to be able to help others communicate and create connection even with the language barrier. It felt really special to help them in that way. This festival also allowed me to travel to South East Asia and Europe for their 2018 and 2019 edition. Unfortunately the 2020 and 2021 edition was cancelled because of COVID, but I hope I can collaborate with them again in the future.
What advice would you give to your 18-year-old self?
Believe in yourself and stop worrying about superficial things.
How do you stay productive and be your best self at work?
When I have brain fog or when I feel I am not being productive, I take a 10 minute break to breath some fresh air, stretch and prepare myself a cup of tea/coffee/smoothie.
What’s your top mental health tip for when the going gets tough?
I workout almost everyday and this has been my medicine for staying grounded, focused and living a stress free life.
What are your top health hacks?
Find an activity that you enjoy doing and it won’t feel like you are training. Eat foods that you thrive on and never forget to rest your body and mind, as it is necessary to live a productive and meaningful life.
How do you ensure your personal and/or family’s financial wellness?
I have a monthly budget and try not to spend on “things” that won’t be useful in the long term. I love fashion, but I usually thrift most of my clothes and tailor them so they fit me perfectly.
What’s your favorite fun activity?
I love hiking. The feeling of reaching the top is amazing and liberating.
Who are your female role models and why?
Vandana Shiva for her fight against GMOs and for protecting ancestral seeds, which are essential to our survival.
Ashley Graham for her work in advocating for body diversity/acceptance and for not being afraid to show her true self on social media.
Rigoberta Menchu for her dedication to publicizing the rights of Guatemala’s Indigenous peoples during and after the Guatemalan Civil War, and to promoting Indigenous rights internationally.
And of course my mom, Veronique Payer, for her positivity, her solution-finding skills, her diplomacy, her notion of justice, equality and for her hard work as a mom, a nurse and a teacher.
This month, we’re sharing inspiring women’s stories. Who inspires you? Leave their name and social media link in the comments below!