Brittany is dedicated to helping elevate her generation and those following through mentorship, education and empowerment. She knows everybody has the potential to live a beautiful and fulfilling life, but that only certain people were given the tools to create it. She hopes Real Adulting 101 can help you build the life younger you dreamed of having. She has an intense love of nachos, dogs and hiking and has worked across the world as a musical theatre and film performer.
One adulting tip you would give to younger you: Put yourself out there over and over again. Ask the “stupid” questions that will lead to you learning quicker. Tell romantic partners exactly what you want. Try new things and go after what you want in life. Love fully and live fully and make mistakes and learn from them. One adulting area you’re currently working on improving: Work/life balance. I find that a lot of my self-worth is based in my work accomplishments or productivity and I’m working to leave that mindset behind. Your favourite thing about being an adult: Coffee. And having full control over the life you want to create.
Arian is an app developer from North Vancouver who is passionate about programming and digital marketing. He started coding at an early age and enjoys the challenge of solving problems, whether it’s on a computer screen or outside of it. Arian believes that maintaining a positive and inclusive work environment leads to incredible things for everyone involved. In his free time, Arian also enjoys acting, developing video games, and playing football and soccer with friends.
One adulting tip you would give to younger you: Take your time to hone and grow the skills you have a knack for, and pursue the things that make you the happiest. One adulting area you’re currently working on improving: Learning to invest, both financially and in my own attributes and abilities. Your favourite thing about being an adult: The freedom to discover new opportunities and experiences for myself professionally and intrinsically. *the Real Adulting 101 App is Coming Soon
Jenny Weisz is an actor turned Web Developer and Designer. She found her love for developing sites during the Pandemic and has now created her own Web Design business, Ginger Web Design.
One adulting tip you would give to younger you: Expand your skills to as many fields and interests as you can! One adulting area you’re currently working on improving: Making time for rest and self-care. Your favourite thing about being an adult: No curfews!
Marilyn is a digital marketer for Real Adulting 101, who’s driven by curiosity and constantly strives to learn more about what she doesn't know. It's led her to taking on different positions to absorb as much as she could from others, whether it’s in the tech industry or in the beer industry. In her downtime, Marilyn’s obsessed with her dog and plans future travel itineraries for when COVID dies down.
One adulting tip you would give to younger you: Don’t be afraid to fail and focus on the things you can control.
One adulting area you’re currently working on improving: Budgeting and planning to understand how much it costs to move out of my parent’s house in Vancouver. Your favourite thing about being an adult: Being able to control and change my circumstances! If I’m not happy with something, I can change it and no one can stop me.
Cindy is a digital marketer currently attending Simon Fraser University to complete her bachelor’s degree in Communication and Business. With a strong entrepreneurial spirit, she is passionate about creating a brand of her own to share stories about her life and travels. In her free time, she’s at her ceramic studio creating art. At Real Adulting 101, she hopes to share valuable knowledge to youth and other young adults that she wishes she had known earlier in her adult life. .
One adulting tip you would give to younger you: HAVE FUN! Don’t stress or worry about the things you can’t control. At the end of the day, we’re all just trying to get through the day so have fun, go party, hang out with friends and travel. One adulting area you’re currently working on improving: Staying calm and finding peace. The hustle culture in North America makes me extremely anxious about ‘not doing enough’ but at the end of the day, it’s just life. Your favourite thing about being an adult: Having control of my life and shaping myself to become the person I want to be, not what others want me to be.
Matt is a career coach who helps job seekers land their dream roles with personalized and affordable career services. He works at the intersection of entrepreneurship, consulting, and product management, striving to make others’ lives easier. He enjoys officiating hockey and baseball, creating professional development content, and meeting new people. He looks forward to supporting the Real Adulting 101 community in his role as the Digital Product Manager.
One adulting tip you would give to younger you: Everything happens for a reason. Treat rejection as a redirection. Treat failure as a learning opportunity. Even when it feels like the odds are against you, something positive will eventually come of the situation.
One adulting area you’re currently working on improving: Diversifying my cooking abilities to learn new recipes. Your favourite thing about being an adult: I love the flexibility and autonomy you have over your schedule and decisions. You get to decide what to eat for dinner, when to go to bed, and don’t need to ask for permission to do most things.
Jesh is to graduate from the Ivey Business School in April of 2022 where he focused on developing strong communication, negotiation and sales skills amongst general business administration. He is passionate about living an authentic life as he believes each and every one of us brings unique value to the table. He is a lover of sport and music, actively playing soccer, golf and basketball as well as being a former Trombone player. He is excited to support the growth of RA101 as the Head of Sales!
One adulting tip you would give to younger you: Be genuinely curious, ask questions constantly and make your own conscious decisions based on your values, principles and personality.
One adulting area you’re currently working on improving: Time management - as someone that wants to engage in various activities alongside general school and work responsibilities, I want to maximise my time. Your favourite thing about being an adult: Opportunity to determine my reality moment to moment.
Throughout her own journey of adulthood and post-secondary school, Morgan became increasingly passionate about equality, inclusivity, and education. Morgan identified the same gap in learning that Real Adulting did, and discovered the importance of continued learning and gaining true value from your education. She began her journey working with Real Adulting after creating the “Student Life 101” course in the final year of her management degree. Morgan’s excited to be part of a team dedicated to education, empowerment, and really, living your best life! In her free time, she can be found skiing, camping, or enjoying time with fam and friendz.
One adulting tip you would give to younger you: Limit the time you spend worrying! It’s normal to worry - about your future, your outfit, that thing you said, man why did I say that… But if I’ve learned anything, worrying won’t change it. Whether you believe it or not, thing’s have a funny way of working out. What may feel world-shattering right now, may be guiding you to something much better. One adulting area you’re currently working on improving: Giving up control. I struggle with anything being done in a way that’s not my own, resulting in me usually taking on a really heavy (and unrealistic) workload. Learning to accept what I cannot change and giving up some of that control are both something I am continuously working on! Your favourite thing about being an adult: Having the freedom to truly create the life you want! Travel, see the world, move away from your family, move into the house next to your mom, learn to play an instrument, quit your job you don’t like, sell your art instead, etc… While some people have the upper hand, making travelling or moving easier for them, the overall idea doesn’t change: it’s your life! You have the freedom to create it, change it, and live it fully.
Wilford is currently an MBA candidate at the Ivey School of Business who also brings a diverse background in finance, accounting, operations, and entrepreneurship. Wilford strives to tackle the most complex problems within business operations and build infrastructure to help businesses scale and grow to reach critical mass. He’s an avid golfer and loves to give back to his community. He is looking forward to working as the Finance & Operations Manager to help Real Adulting 101 scale and develop a sustainable financial framework moving forward.
One adulting tip you would give to younger you: Expand your network and don’t be afraid to reach out. You never know who you’ll meet and where the next opportunity may be. One adulting area you’re currently working on improving: Working on the mindset of focusing on myself. There is no need to compare yourself to anyone, because everyone is working on their own timeline. Your favourite thing about being an adult: I love taking ownership of my own career and personal life goals. This means managing risk and taking chances on opportunities you’re passionate about.
Maya Saggar is a Curriculum and Learning Specialist and the owner of Impact Learning, an Educational Services Agency supporting small businesses with the development of innovative, engaging and impactful learning experiences. Maya is pursuing her doctorate at the University of Calgary in Curriculum and Learning, with research interests in the areas of experiential learning, learning experience design and learning environments. When Maya is not wearing her student or entrepreneur hat, she is a proud dog mama to her 2 year old pup, Finn.
One adulting tip you would give to younger you: It always works out. I was always that person who wanted to have my life figured out. But some things in life, you just can't plan. Being flexible, and always doing what’s best for YOU, is all you can do. One adulting area you’re currently working on improving: My time management. As a full time student and business owner, managing school, life and work responsibilities can be tough! Making sure I prioritise, time block and take breaks has been key to staying on top of everything! Your favourite thing about being an adult: Choosing what's for dinner! I have discovered a love for cooking through meal planning and finding fun and exciting things to make for dinner every night!