Kayla is the co-founder of The Strength Within. She is currently in her final year of studying Sociology at Wilfrid Laurier University. In her undergraduate degree, she has focused her studies on complete wellness- taking courses such as the sociology of health and illness, sociology of mental health, and various psychology courses. After completing her bachelor’s degree, she plans on obtaining a masters in social work. In addition to being a student, she works part-time at a support and education wellness centre focused on preventing and managing symptoms of occupational stress injury and post-traumatic stress disorders in frontline professionals. In both her education and work, she has learned and begun to try to spread awareness on the power of our individual capacities. With both her professional and personal experiences, she has developed a passion for supporting people as they strive to make successful changes in their life. She believes that people have the power to do more for themselves than they are aware of and takes pride in helping them see this. In her free time, she thoroughly enjoys being with animals and her loved ones, especially outdoors.
What is the most difficult change you’ve ever made?
The most difficult change I have ever made is recognizing that I need to take care of myself before I can help others. I had a very bad habit of letting people take advantage of me. I would tell myself that I was just being a good person and that they were going through a rough time so I would sacrifice my well-being for theirs. Since I have stopped doing this, I feel as if I am better able to help people when they need me because I am in the right headspace to do so and I am in a better place myself.
What’s the toughest thing you’ve had to admit to yourself?
The toughest thing that I have had to admit to myself is that no matter how hard I try, nothing will be “perfect”. It took me quite some time to accept that no matter how much effort I put in, I cannot control everything. And that this is perfectly alright! Because no matter what, things will work out and I will be okay.
What emotions do you find the most challenging?
The emotion that I find the most challenging is fear. I often find myself hesitating to do things that excite me because of my “what if” thoughts. I have to make a conscious effort to remind myself that I cannot let fear dictate my life. When I have fearful thoughts, I always say to myself that anything that I have ever done that has been meaningful to my life initially scared me.. but turned out to be amazing.
I don’t think there are enough words in the English language to sum up how great Janice is. I call her beautiful soul and it is definitely the most fitting nickname for her. She approaches life with such positivity and care. Everything she does, she does it with love and passion. Speaking with her feels like a breath of fresh air or the best hug in the world. You could go to her for a shoulder to cry on, inspiration, a good laugh… anything. One of my favourite things about Janice is that she inspires the people around her to be the best versions of themselves. Without directly saying to do so, she makes you want to do your absolute best and helps you realize that you are capable of doing whatever you set your mind to. That is a beautiful soul if ask me.
Listening to people talk about something that they are passionate about is one of my favourite things. Seeing them light up and get excited warms my heart
I have an absolute obsession with dogs (big or small!). Of course I love them for how cute they are but another reason that I love them so much is because of their spirit. They are positive, loyal, forgiving, full of life and excitement.. All amazing qualities I strive to have myself
I love to take photos of both things and people that I enjoy. Some of my friends say that I am like the paparazzi. Though I am not big into the art of photography, I love capturing moments that make me happy so I can go back and reflect on them whenever I need a good pick me up
I love love love Christmas!
I genuinely enjoy being in school because I love learning. Even when I graduate from my masters, I think I will always have myself enrolled in some sort of course