This week we’d like to introduce the next member of our Tribe… although Mimi isn’t a client of ours (yet), she epitomises the DAPPER values with an incredible zest for life perfectly balanced by an ability to really listen and empathise, which links to our value of trust and understanding. She’s also consistent in how she shows up in the world, and stays true to her own values with effortless style. In other words, authenticity personified 🙂 

What values or words do you live by? 

Life is short –  to me, this means saying yes more often than no, going after the things you want to do, saying sorry, showing-up for those you love, and being intentional about your life.

Be kind –  We truly have no idea what is going on in other people’s lives – you’ll never regret being kind.

[Photo by Erik Mclean on Unsplash]

Where do you call home, and what makes it special to you?

Home for the past 10 years has been in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. This beautiful island has made me grow and afforded me experiences that I don’t think I would have had anywhere else. 

What is your favourite personality assessment, and why/ what did you learn from it?

One of the most useful assessments I’ve done is from the Table Group called the “Working Genius”. It helped me put a name to some of my unconventional strenghts and weaknesses and understand why I get excited by some aspects of a project and drained by others. 

Why do you think it’s important to have an authentic personal brand in today’s world?

I will answer this question with a quote that I love and try to live by: 

“Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.”  – Oscar Wild   

What book or podcast has influenced the way you see the world, and why?

Oh there have been so many but, i’ll highlight two. 

Desmond Tutu & Dalai Lama – “The Book of Joy” – this book has taught me to become more intentional about having gratitude, even for the smallest things. I believe that life is more enjoyable when you’re constantly mindful to look for the good, wherever possible. 

Atul Gawande – “ Being Mortal” – this book talks about the uncomfortable but natural part of aging and then death. We all think that we are invincible but, this book has helped me to start reflecting on people I love aging, the conversations that I need to have with them and how to learn, understand and respect their wishes. 

Why are you excited to be part of the DAPPER Tribe, and what value do you bring? 

It’s great to see the excitement individuals and businesses feel as they become more aligned to what they share with the outside world, learning to do it in a way that feels authentic to them.  

I hope to bring a different perspective, positive energy and hopefully share the odd words of wisdom along the DAPPER journey 😉 

By following DAPPER’s journey so far, has anything shifted in your thinking or approach to how you show up in the world?

It has certainly made me stop and think that I could definitely “show-up” more  intentionally online – I haven’t thoughtfully curated or thought through what that means for myself,  yet.