Our hearts are smiling because of Michelle’s chosen #WomenWarrior…

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My name is Michelle and I’ve been working as a Management Consultant in Toronto after graduating from McGill University. I grew up most of my life in Vancouver along with my family, and wanted to share a story of an incredibly talented and inspiring woman who is my Woman Warrior.

Her name is Isly Choi, and she was a true Vancouverite at heart. She loved practicing yoga, going for walks in nature, and working on her art/fashion projects at Starbucks. She was always full of energy, bursting with creativity, and artistically talented. Combining her studies in Design & Visual Communication at Emily Carr and Fashion & Apparel Design at VCC, as well as her passion for natural healing for which she found the inspirations through her job at Saje Wellness, Isly dreamed of someday starting her own positive lifestyle brand in Vancouver. Her vision of the brand was “to inspire others to look inside to find their inner beauty & tap into their creative selves, promote sustainable fashion, and build a community of yoga-loving & spiritually enlightened free souls”. She was truly a unique individual who touched the lives of those around her through her colorful personality, everlasting optimism, and overflowing creativity.

This unique and positive soul is someone I am proud to call my sister. While my sister’s life was taken away from this world too soon, I wanted to share her story because my sister was someone who always followed her heart instead of over-thinking about other people’s expectations or solely listening to her rational and logical mind. Sometimes we need to shut down the voices in our heads and truly reflect on what is important to our lives to prioritize the people we love and to discover our true passions. My sister was still so young and had so many creative ideas that she wanted to realize during her time on earth; I hope to someday be able to bring some of her work to life and one day become as colorful as her.

To see my sister’s portfolio of some of her art and fashion design work, please check out: http://www.coroflot.com/islychoi/portfolio

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