Meet the TRTeam: Natalie

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if I didn't push myself to at least try and apply, let alone go, I'd regret it.

Happy Friday everyone! It's Sirin. 

One of the best things the internet has done for me is that it has allowed me to meet people from different walks of life I would have otherwise never gotten to know.

Meeting the girls behind That’s Real Talk inspired me in different ways. When you meet someone with a different passion and drive from yourself, their energy can rub off on you and enlighten you about things you didn’t even know existed.

I hope you enjoy this glimpse into the life of Natalie like I did. It was lovely getting to know her, her passion for fashion! And mushrooms ;) LOL. Her energy and risk-taking nature is contagious and has encouraged me to go out of my comfort zone. See for yourself!

What's a typical day like for you? 

A typical day for me starts at 7:20am where I'll make myself some breakfast and listen to a podcast while I put on some skincare, make up- then head out to work.

I have a typical 9-5 job as an admin assistant for an investment company. You'd think I would have a very routine schedule but every day is kind of like an episode of Suits where everything is seemingly fine until one thing goes wrong and you just have to figure it all out as a team before the deadline!

After work at 5pm, I like to visit my friends or if I have a hot yoga date with my work out buddy, we'd meet up for a snack before getting our sweat on. I'd be home by 8:30pm, have some dinner, wash up and catch up on YouTube videos whilst doing my skincare regime then off to bed! (Then repeat haha). 

Can you explain to me your love for mushrooms? When did it start and why? 

Yes! I have no clue when my mushroom obsession began, but if I could guess, it'd probably be during the end of high school? I go to a lot of art fairs and I remember coming across a lot of artists who made mushroom prints/pins/patches and that was probably where my collection started.

Eventually realized that I had quite a bit of collectibles and just found mushrooms really cute to decorate my room with. I follow a lot of artists on Instagram who make mushroom pins, ceramics brooches and patches because it's inspiring me to see how much of a bigger niche it was than I expected. My friends always gift me mushroom objects that they come across and that's when I know that they really know me haha :)  

What's your biggest passion in life? 

I'm a little embarrassed to say because it's almost cliche, but I am very passionate about fashion and expressing oneself through clothing that you love.

I think it's so empowering to express your sense of style because it's so personal and unique to every individual. But my BIGGEST passion in life is.. a bit soon for me because I don't know if I have even discovered it yet. I think I have a lot of interests but am not sure if they're my passions like kpop, travelling, embroidery and art... but if I figure it out one day I'll be sure to share! 

I see that you've travelled to many places, which was your favourite?

Yes~ I went on exchange about 3 years ago to Singapore, so that's why I was able to visit about 10 countries in my year abroad.

If I had to choose, my favourites are a draw between Taiwan and Thailand. Taiwan was on my go-to list for forever, but actually seeing the street markets, exploring the towns around Taipei that are known for a certain craft, such as pottery or paper lanterns, was such an enriching experience. The temples and architecture in both Taiwan and Thailand were stunning and I can't even begin about the quality of the food!!  

Can you tell me a little about your exchange experience?

Going on exchange for my third year of University was hands-down the best decision I've ever made in my life. It was completely out of my comfort zone to live in another country I've never been to, and to be away from my family and friends for an entire year- but I just knew that if I didn't push myself to at least try and apply, let alone go, I'd regret it.

Singapore was third on my list behind two Universities from Hong Kong, and knowing nothing about the country besides it being where some relatives lived, I had no idea what to expect. I've learned that Singaporeans are one of the most hospitable people that I know and the friends that I have made on exchange will last a life-time.

It all felt like a dream when I came back to Toronto and since coming back, I've basically been an ambassador for everyone and anyone to go on exchange if they are even given an opportunity to.  

What would you say are the biggest things you're proud of in your life?

The biggest thing that I'm proud of would have to be going to Singapore for a year without knowing anybody. Living somewhere I had never been to and having to make friends from scratch was not easy, but that's what made it so exciting. 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?

In five years from now, I will have hopefully started and finished the Fashion Coordinating and styling certificate from Ryerson U, and land a position as a Fashion Buyer Assistant somewhere that I love to work at. It's a dream in the works, so hopefully in five years I can get closer to achieving it! 

 

Stay real, 

Sirin