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Bif Naked

Singer/Songwriter, Actress & Motivational Speaker

I am a fortunate girl, a daughter, sister, a wife, a friend, a bandmate, a volunteer. I have enjoyed working in the performing arts for thirty years, as a recording artist, writer, and actor. I feel utterly privileged to have lived this life where I am able to make records, art, painting and cartooning, write poetry, short stories, choreograph my concerts with dance, make music, and even write a memoir! As an adopted kid, having had a great upbringing by loving parents, and also knowing my loving birthmom, I have always felt especially lucky. Life has always provided immeasurable laughter and love to me, and keeps providing it. Pinch me! Continue reading Bif Naked

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Naa-Sakle Akuete

My parents and two older brothers moved from Ghana to Maryland before I was born. Despite the move, I was surrounded by Ghanaian culture which values family and education above pretty much all else. And so, I spent most of my days studying and focusing on building a strong foundation from which to support my future family. After graduating from Wellesley College, I moved to NY and started in finance at Lehman Brothers – what better way to save for the future than by working on Wall Street, right? And then we went bankrupt and it got harder to view work as the end-all-be-all. I was 22 years old, living in NY with a steady (if precarious) job, and had next to no real responsibilities. My life was concerts, musicals, friends, and family in a bid to make the most of NY before it slipped away. Ultimately, I managed to hold onto my job and even grow to like it, but there was still something missing. Continue reading Naa-Sakle Akuete

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Monika Schnarre

I’m originally from Scarborough, Ontario and currently live 2 hours north of Toronto with my husband and our young son, Bode. I enjoy anything outdoors — hiking, running and skiing. About 7 years ago when I was trying to conceive — I was looking for natural ways to take care of my skin. I met a doctor (Dr. Keith Burke) who has been formulating anti-aging skincare for 30 years. I fell in love with his formulations and suggested we bring them to retail and make it affordable — he agreed. So, we created a medically directed line, iampure, for a quarter of the price of most skincare regimes you’d find in a Dermatologist’s office. We are now in 200 stores across Canada including Loblaw’s Superstores. Continue reading Monika Schnarre

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Sass Jordan

I was born in England, but I grew up in Montreal, Quebec. I traveled the world quite a bit as a kid, and realized that the reason I came to Earth was to inspire and light up my fellow humans through expressing my own light, be it through writing, singing or talking. I also realized early on that nothing of great value to the human race is accomplished solo – rather, the real difference is made through community, which is a larger form of family, and you can create community anywhere. I chose to do it through music and writing, and I have had a wonderful time so far. My main interests in life are to have fun, to enjoy, to laugh and to share that joy with anyone and everyone who crosses my path! Continue reading Sass Jordan

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Carlene Higgins

 

Hi! I’m Carlene, Now I’m gearing up for my next venture, a website called Beholdr, dedicated to women like me and my friends, who are in their 40s or above, and don’t feel as though there’s much out there on blogs or websites that really speaks to their modern realities. Geared toward cool, creative and diverse women, Beholdr is a visual and verbal dialogue about life, self-image and style, seeing the beauty in our perfectly imperfect selves. I am also the mother of two young, beautiful children! Continue reading Carlene Higgins

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Callie Himsl

I grew up in snowy Minnesota, and as a fearless young adult, moved to sunny San Diego. During my corporate years in southern California, I quickly grew tireless and was seeking purpose and adventure. Through a series of events, including the death of my only sibling, I began to attend a local church. My new friendships, and re-defined purpose, fueled the beginning of my travel with short-term, international, mission trips. Much of what I did on those mission trips were not in the realm of long-term sustainability, but I was innocent enough not to know. In 2011, I came to Haiti for the first time. I spent two weeks exploring the country and learning about the orphan crisis. It was news to me that more than 80% of the children living in orphanages actually have parents that are alive! It is simply due to financial burden that they are relinquished to orphanages. This was a game changer. I had been working in “orphan care” for years. Visiting orphanages, handing out Christmas presents, staying for a day or two and then never seeing those kids again. I was almost embarrassed that I had taken part in these activities not knowing that it was their parents that should and could have been doing it all along. Continue reading Callie Himsl