Woman Wednesday: Natasha


Q and A with Natasha from Barcelona, Spain

“I want others to learn that it is easier to give up than persevering and creating the life of your dreams.”


Q: What are you passionate about? 

A: I am a certified transformation coach and counselor as well as an author. More than a passion, this is my purpose in life. I look forward to adding value to women’s lives on a daily basis. And when I see their magnificent changes and fruitful results, my heart skips a beat…at times many beats [she laughs].
I have a great amount of interest in personal development, energy medicine, and other alternative techniques as I use a variety of them when I counsel a client. So, I have been doing this for the past 3 years and ever since then, it has been a beautiful journey where I, too, grow along with my clients. I have undergone various milestones in life—such as being a cancer survivor and a sexually assaulted child among others. And my over-empathetic nature always guided me to help and support others. Then I decided to make this my purpose in life but set healthy boundaries by behaving in an empathetic rather than over-empathetic manner. 


I am currently working on a new course which is called The Love In Your Pocket Kit, which is a 6-week challenge for single women entrepreneurs who want to become the game-changers of their love lives and attract and enjoy a loving partner. What is wonderful about this course is that it is NOT a dating app or membership program as, to be honest, I too have been there and it takes much more than having your profile on such platforms. I am super excited about this course as it has immense topics such as developing the confidence mindset, loving and accepting your authentic self, and treating yourself exactly as you would want your partner to treat you. The law of attraction, cause and effect, rewiring old limiting beliefs, 50 common mistakes women make and end up attracting toxic guys, knowing your triggers, etc. are just some of all that is included in this course. I hope to introduce it on Valentine’s Day!


Q: What were your younger years like?

A: I lost my father at age 12, so I have basically been brought up by a single parent and faced many hardships which just made me more independent and a go-getter. When it comes to education, I have my business degree from the University of Westminster-London and my honors degree in fashion design from India. Those were my passions and this is my purpose.


Q: What is something valuable you’d like others to know?

A: I have learned many valuable things, converting my pain points into my gains—such as valuing each moment of my life and living it to the fullest. Cancer taught me this lesson was critical. Also, it taught me to love and accept myself exactly the way I am focusing on daily healing to become the best version of myself. I throw light on this in my book, Perseverance. I want others to learn that it is easier to give up than persevering and creating the life of your dreams. We are all diamonds and our value and shape is determined by the amount of heat and pressure we undergo in life, so never give up and keep on investing in your mental, physical, emotional, and energetic bodies and mind.


Q: What does feminism mean to you? 

A: Feminism has developed this negative connotation as many women think that feminism means hating men and, indeed, some feminists hate men. However, I am supporting the thought process that feminism explains the equality between both genders, not degrading one to make the other superior. Mother Teresa never went to an anti-war rally as she stated that the day she was approached to participate in a pro-peace rally she would surely be there. Indeed, low energetic emotions such as hatred, envy, sorrow, depression, etc. just drag us down and when we decide to learn from these emotions our vibrations automatically elevate. 


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Woman Wednesday: Katherine


Q and A with Katherine, born and raised in Chile, now living in New York, New York

“You will always be the problem and you will always be the solution.”


Q: What are you passionate about? 

A: Hi, my name is Katherine Berland, and I am an intuitive-rich money mindset activator and manifestation mentor with a sole mission to help others heal from the past, align with the present, and surface profound clarity to manifest an empowering future. I feel very passionately and nothing makes me happier than helping other women cultivate a quality life filled with ignited purpose, passion, and fulfillment. From childhood trauma healing, rectifying money wounds, to manifestation mentoring that unlocks the powers of the mind, I find immense joy in delivering safe-haven sessions that give my clients the newfound confidence to conquer any obstacle within the 3D world.


Q: What were your younger years like?

A: I come from a very dysfunctional family. If you ask me, I really had a difficult life going through many painful experiences that I continued to perpetuate in my adult life with toxic and abusive relationships. I literally had to lose everything to start looking for answers for why we do what we do and how we can break away from suffering, lack, limitation, and unworthiness. I do not mention this in a victim place because I healed and break with most of my traumas and paradigms, but all my past experiences really helped me understand how life works, the power we really have, which ultimately led me to want to help other people break free from the illusion of the mind to unleash their true potential.

My mom was a very abusive, narcissistic person, and my parents got divorced when I was 11. My mom left me and my five-year-old sister with my dad. My dad was a great dad, but a very hard worker; he always left the house early in the morning and came back late at night. I became the mom of my sister at the age of 12 because nobody else could take care of us. It was confusing and tough. I started drinking and smoking at 12. I was a very rebellious child, bad in school, and had a lot of physical fights. I started feeling depressed, which led me to try suicide myself twice. I finished high school and started working at 17. I wanted to feel proud of myself, so I worked very hard and at the age of 20. I brought my first apartment, at the age of 21. I had a boyfriend, a house, a dog a car, but something was missing. I was having everything that people said brings happiness, but I couldn’t feel happy. I was working whole day just to pay bills, drink, and watch TV. One day I just started asking, “This is all? This is how I’m going to live the rest of my life?” So, it was then when I decided to do something. I quit my job, I left my boyfriend, and I rented my apartment. I moved from Chile to Florida. I didn’t know what to do and how to make money, so I started working as a dancer, I found happiness for a couple months, and I made a lot of money, but something was still missing and I couldn’t figure out what it was. After a while, I met the dad of my son, which was a love bomb in the beginning, and since I’d never received love, I fell in love with him with so easily and ignored all the red flags. After a couple months, he convinced me to stay in New York and live with him. And I did. Then my visa expired, and it was then when he start manipulating me and abusing me. I lost all my money and even I lost myself. I lost everything. I was feeling like WHY ME? What I did so wrong to experience so much negative stuff?? Then I started looking at my son and thinking, “He is going to live the same life” and I just felt so sad. Then, I started asking myself, “What I can do to move forward?” and I remembered to start praying.

Now, with the time, I understand that you don’t have force anything. I forgive them. And I made peace with my past and especially with my self, taking full responsibility for what I do what I get and how I feel. Now, I love my family just the way they are. I lost a lot of people in this path. Now, I made new friends and people who are in this path of making the world a better place. I’m always connecting with nice and beautiful people. My health is 100% good, my relationships changed so dramatically, and I feel full of purpose. And I’m loving what I do.


Q: What is something valuable you’d like others to know?

A: Spirituality, mindset, and body, you have to find the balance in the three of them if you really want to live a happy, fulfilled life. Everything that you need is within you; you will always be the problem and you will always be the solution. If you had childhood experiences where you didn’t have the choice to choose about your life, now you have the power and it’s time to own it, and create the life that you want and deserve in this world. Doesn’t matter what you did or who you think you are right now…you are always worthy if have it all.


Q: What does feminism mean to you? 

A: I think feminism is the concept of equality as humans.

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I love what I do and am always seeking ways to advance myself both personally and professionally to share that knowledge with others. However, when I am not working, you can often find me meditating, dancing, traveling, enjoying the zen of the beach, studying about human behavior, the mind, the universe, and of course one of my favorite things to do is spending time with my amazing kid.


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Woman Wednesday: Christie


Q and A with Christie, Utah, USA

“It took a lot of work and persistence.”


Q: What are you passionate about? 

A: I am passionate about art, creating, design, photography, creating something beautiful. My heart is really true to a “creative” rather than any other title. My business is called WhimsyArt. [It is an art service of personalized projects, including a variety of photography, drawings and paintings, and custom family portraits done in various mediums, including colored pencils and watercolor.] Covid-19 has impacted how I do my business, so much of it is now done at home.


Q: What were your younger years like?

A: I have always done art, even as a little child. I spent my younger years in Texas and Washington and have traveled the world from close to 40+ states to Japan and Canada, and lived in Arkansas, too. Life in Japan was amazing, but I was a missionary, so it was quite a good experience.


Q: What is something valuable you’d like others to know?

A: I have learned a valuable lesson to keep on learning and growing! Living the dream of doing art full time is finally real, but it took a lot of work and persistence.


Q: What does feminism mean to you? 

A: Feminism means being a strong woman in all that I do and who I serve.


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Woman Wednesday: Stephanie


Q and A with Stephanie, Western Australia

“Therapy and counseling and talking about our issues can be helpful when we just want to be heard and have someone to listen to us, and sometimes, it can be all we need.”


Q: What are you passionate about? 

A: I love camping and spending time with my French bulldog and my wonderful husband. My passion is emotional intelligence and helping women become confident and happy, while inspiring them to be the best versions of themselves. I was in a dark place mentally for quite a few years with anxiety, feeling overwhelmed, not feeling good enough, dealing with chronic pain, and I couldn’t find my way out. I felt trapped. I discovered a female-specific approach that lead me out of the dark and then inspired me to help other women do the same.


Q: What were your younger years like?

A: When I was young, my parents got divorced and we moved to a new town. when I started this new school in year three, I quickly realized that society had a perception of me and people had judgment. The kids wanted me to be a certain way to fit in and have friends. All of my differences were pointed out as bad. I had abandonment issues, so fitting in and having friends was really important to me. I got bullied quite a lot, especially by boys. I started realizing I didn’t fit in and that me being me wasn’t good enough. So, from that point on, I started living the way I thought other people wanted me to. I was saying and doing everything in each different situation around each different person the way I thought that they expected me to be. I was such a big people pleaser and I put huge expectations on myself to be a certain way every moment of my life.

I had low self-worth and self-value, and I cared so much about what other people thought. I put so much pressure on myself with work and was not treated well in the workplace I was in. I had workplace bullying and was also taking on more than my fair share. I developed chronic pain for a few years around this time, which made me realize how stressed I was, how much anxiety I had, and how depressed I felt. I thought this was all because of my pain, but it let me try and seek to help myself out of it. Over the next few years, I tried basically every modality and approach out there that I could find to help me physically and mentally. I ended up losing hope every time I would find a new person that said that they could help and yet, failed me. I felt hopeless and started to think that there was no hope for me to get better.

When I stop looking, I stumbled across Creatrix. It’s made specifically for women to resolve the mental baggage, chronic emotions, negative chatter, and negative beliefs we have about ourselves. In one month, I went from an anxious, overwhelmed young woman who had no hope and felt trapped to a confident, happy, and free, excited woman. I was finally free! I thought it was impossible to completely transform how I felt about myself. Four years later, and my life has continued to improve. I am so happy to now be able to help other women, too.

I always had pain growing up, unexplained stomach pain. I was in and out of the hospital with headaches, migraines, and earaches. When I was working in worker’s compensation, managing workplace injuries, I started to develop neck pain. I saw a chiro and afterward, I knew something was wrong. That night, I had excruciating pain down my upper spine. That pain took weeks to slowly dull, but my neck pain never went away. I had never experienced what it was like to live with pain 24/7. It chipped away at my positive outlook, my confidence, and my sense of control. I felt overwhelmed as it was so exhausting having pain, physically and mentally. I just couldn’t cope and was losing sleep and stuck in a downward spiral. A psychologist told me I would have to quit my job, and I had so much social anxiety. I was looking into training a puppy as an assistance animal because I didn’t feel safe when I left my house. Chronic pain for me highlighted the areas of my emotions that needed healing. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone, but it pushed me to heal myself and what was going on under the surface.


Q: What is something valuable you’d like others to know?

A: That you are amazing, powerful, and capable. You are stronger than you know. You are incredible, and you have the ability inside you to be anything you want to be. The main thing I learned was that women are different. The female factor is missing from society in general; however, we know we’re different. Through my training, I have learned that the majority of approaches out were made for the way a male mind thinks and works. And they work really well for men; however, four out of five women will find that they need ongoing help or they continue to come back for the same issue later on. This is because there are so many differences in the way we are made up, so we need something that works for the way our minds work for complete, irreversible change that actually lasts.


Therapy and counseling and talking about our issues can be helpful when we just want to be heard and have someone to listen to us, and sometimes, it can be all we need. But then comes times when we’re not healing and we’re not resolving the issues by talking about them, and it is actually anchoring us in the negative current emotions, which makes it so much harder for us to actually resolve and move through it. The process I use with women does not go back into your story; you don’t have to relive all of the negative things and talk about them over and over again. You finally just get to move past it all and leave it behind where it belongs, detaching from the negative emotions.


Q: What does feminism mean to you? 

A: Feminism, to me, just means being in your power. Truly, purely, being you. Embracing all that you are and being proud of it. Men have a great place in society; they have so many strengths and so do we. Being able to acknowledge the love and appreciate everyone for everything they bring is the most important thing to me.

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Woman Wednesday: JoAnn


Q and A with JoAnn
from Sicily, Italy, living in Georgian Bay, Canada

“A theme that I include in my novel is that of the immigrant experience, the struggle, and prejudice experienced by many hardworking new immigrants.”


Q: What are you passionate about? 

A: I had never held a book in my hands until my family immigrated to Canada from Sicily in 1957. There were no libraries in our small Sicilian village in the 50s, and my family could not afford books. I was seven, so I was placed into first grade, and by the end of the year, I could speak and read some English. In grade three, my class was allowed to walk to a nearby library where we were allowed to borrow three books. The books suggested by the librarian were very thin children’s books. I would take three home, read them the same night, then wait patiently for two weeks to go by so I could go back to the library and bring home three more. That’s when I developed my passion for reading, which also inspired me to write. My other interests are baking and gardening, both of which require reading, whether you want to bake some really delicious scones or learn how to grow beautiful flowers. I have been a freelance journalist for many years, but I only recently published my first novel, A Scarcity of Virgins. It is a women’s novel with a feminist bent, that incorporates the immigrant experience as a backdrop since it is so much a part of me. I have almost completed a second novel, Island of the Vespers, a historical romance that takes place in Sicily during the 1860 unifications wars led by Giuseppe Garibaldi.


Q: What were your younger years like?

A: In elementary school, my favorite subject was composition, and I remember my grade-four teacher being so impressed by a story I had written, that he passed it around among the other teachers, much to my embarrassment. It was a silly story about a bear that attacked a hunter, but instead of eating the hunter, the bear preferred the hunter’s honey sandwiches. For some reason, my teacher thought it was hilarious. I thought, if my grade-four teacher liked my writing, maybe writing was something I should do. So, I always wrote stories at home for my own pleasure and had a diary going, even into my late teens. My parents didn’t speak English, so on parents’ night when kids were supposed to stay home, I had to accompany my parents to the school to translate. Because of that, and because of all the children of Italian immigrants that were enrolling in our school, I became the school’s official translator assisting teachers who wanted to communicate with the parents. My decision to study modern languages in university stems from this experience.


Q: What is something valuable you’d like others to know?

A: In spite of the women’s liberation movement, which was at its height in the 60s and 70s, many women of my era remained mired in patriarchal and misogynistic traditions. Fifty years later, it continues to exist. I just recently watched a series entitled Maid, based on a true story, a contemporary story, and was saddened to see how women are still treated badly, and how much they have to struggle. Even though my novel, A Scarcity of Virgins, takes place in the 80s, the subject matter, which includes, marriage, family, patriarchy, misogyny, feminism, fidelity and infidelity, is still relevant today. Women cannot allow themselves to be used and abused by men and are often unfairly disqualified from jobs or social assistance. Additionally, a theme that I include in my novel is that of the immigrant experience, the struggle, and prejudice experienced by many hard-working new immigrants.


Q: What does feminism mean to you? 

A: To me, feminism means the freedom to be ourselves, without fear of reprimand or retaliation, without physical or emotional abuse. It means being able to have control of our own lives, and most importantly, having equal rights and opportunities, without the consideration of gender.

MORE FROM JOANN: I lived my early years in Toronto, Canada, where I studied, married, worked, and raised my three children. After retirement, I moved farther north to enjoy country life on the shores of Georgian Bay. I am so happy that I was able to combine the launch of my first novel, A Scarcity of Virgins, with my mother’s 106th birthday on October 23rd. We had to have two separate cakes, of course!

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