Canadian Bae feature: Jodi Blk

Written By:
Yanal Dhailieh

Jodi Blk is a lifestyle blogger based in Toronto curating the best of style and best of the city. Jodi has a strong influence in facilitating trends and has become a staple tastemaker in the country. She boasts over 30,000 fans and supporters over many social platforms and continues to work hard in strive of her passions. 

We had the pleasure of working with Jodi and a few other lovely ladies for our new women's collection coming out May 27th. The moment these ladies stepped into the room you could feel the positive radiance amplify the atmosphere. The women we worked with embody everything Peace Collective stands for. They work hard in strive of their dreams, no matter how big or far reaching they might be. 

Jodi Blk has launched one of the most successful blogs in the country and while sitting down with her it was refreshing to see how humble she was. In-spite of her success she had a refreshingly down-to-earth way of carrying herself. Truthful and honest of her journey thus far, we dug deeper to find out the ups and downs of chasing her passion.

What does the concept of chasing your passion mean to you?

To me chasing your passion means, ignoring the doubtful thoughts and fears in your head. Your mind is always going to give you a million and one reasons why it’s makes more practical sense to choose an easier more traditional path. When you’re truly passionate about something for the right reasons it’s all you think about and all you want to do because when you’re following your passion your soul is happy. It’s a very addicting feeling.

What sparked your interest in fashion and style?

At a very young age I realized that a person can communicate who they are with what they wear. I had a bit of a rocky childhood so I used fashion as a way control my surroundings. I always wanted to look put together, polished and presentable to hide my vulnerabilities. I literally starting dressing myself at age 3 and my style has been evolving ever since. I honestly think I was born with a passion for fashion, it’s all I’ve ever wanted to do.

 

What keeps you motivated when you feel down?

When I feel down I try to stay off social media because it can create a lot of anxiety and stress. I also try to check in with myself and see how I’m doing. Am I exhausted? Do I need a break? I’ll go to yoga, eat some healthy food or go for a hike to connect with nature. We all have bad days and struggles but it’s important to take care of yourself and show yourself love when you need it. You’re not going to find it outside yourself so it’s best to look within. If none of that works I’ll order a pizza… pizza seems to always do the trick ;)

What advice would you give to those who are afraid to chase their passion?

I would tell them that we’re all afraid. If someone tells you they’re never afraid they’re lying to themselves. Even the most successful person in the world has insecurities and fears. It’s human nature to worry, stress and think worst case scenario but it’s important to learn to control that little voice in your head. It’s not real and it’s not you. I struggle with this a lot. We’ve all been conditioned to be fearful and I don’t think it serves us well. I’m still working on this one but I know for sure that when you’re constantly putting yourself in uncomfortable situations that is when there’s the most potential for personal growth. When I feel afraid I try to tune into my intuition and listen to what my gut is telling me. It’s normally saying, ‘Jodi, take a deep breath, focus on positive and keep it moving, you’ve got this’. 

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