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Vanessa Stockbrugger RedBloom In Real Life Guest Feature

Meet Vanessa Stockbrugger! Besides being a long-time guest at RedBloom, we’ve been lucky to host Vanessa's Womencents money club series. These classes helped us gain confidence and boost our financial knowledge!

Vanessa’s story is really inspiring and we are so grateful for how she has helped our team.

Read on for our Q&A with her…

𝙏𝙚𝙡𝙡 𝙪𝙨 𝙖𝙗𝙤𝙪𝙩 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧𝙨𝙚𝙡𝙛 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙬𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙙𝙤:⁠⠀

“I am a Mom, wife, business owner. I am the Founder of @Womencents Inc., a financial education and coaching company focused on helping women build their financial knowledge and confidence. My entire business career has been in the field of finance. I started my career as an Investment Banker prior to choosing to be a stay-at-home Mom with my two daughters and then ultimately starting Womencents.”⁠⠀


𝙃𝙤𝙬 𝙙𝙤 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙙𝙚𝙛𝙞𝙣𝙚 𝙗𝙚𝙖𝙪𝙩𝙮?⁠

“Beauty is being comfortable with yourself. Knowing what makes you feel your best and choosing that.”⁠⠀

Vanessa Stockbrugger from womencents

𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩’𝙨 𝙖 𝙪𝙣𝙞𝙦𝙪𝙚 𝙜𝙞𝙛𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙬𝙖𝙣𝙩 𝙩𝙤 𝙨𝙝𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙡𝙙?⁠⠀

“I am committed to empowering women through building their financial knowledge and confidence. I believe that if women have a sense of power and control over their finances and have a strategy that fits with their own goals and priorities, they will live an awesome life that is right for them. I have an ability to support others through compassion and understanding while also motivating them to take action and move themselves forward.”⁠⠀

Vanessa and Jodi

𝙃𝙤𝙬 𝙙𝙤 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙪𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙗𝙡𝙤𝙤𝙢?⁠

“I am a life-long learner. I love meeting new people and understanding something new about them, maybe a unique experience or perspective that makes me think. I love to read and study to build knowledge around personal development, personal finances and the world around us. We go through different stages in our lives and while they are all related and we are still ultimately the same person, we also grow and evolve which is exciting and, in some ways, gives us a whole new experience. Life is about experiences and I am looking to have as many of those as possible.”⁠⠀

Thank you Vanessa for sharing your #RedBloomInRealLife ❤️⁠ with us!
Vanessa's hairstylist is Master stylist Claire @clairenotbutter at our West 85th location. ⁠⠀

RedBloom In Real Life Guest Feature with Mandy Balak

So happy to share our Season 3 guest spotlight on this mega boss babe, Mandy Balak! She is such an inspiring female and we love what she is doing to support other women entrepreneurs and the #yyc community. 

Read on for our Q & A with her…..

Mandy Balak

Tell us about yourself and what you do:

“Hi,  👋 I’m @mandybalak and I am the Founder & CEO of The Ace Class, Rise and Date Night YYC , I am also the Executive Director for The Best of Calgary- I am a community builder.  My entrepreneurial career began in 2012 by helping others build better relationships with each other and our city and has now led me to cultivate community all across Canada attracting women with a collective mission to be the best version of themselves.” 

How do you define beauty?

“I define beauty as being real, raw and vulnerable. This has been a process for me to discover in my life as I had a different idea of what beauty was growing up. I have always struggled with comparison and that feeling of ‘not enough’ however, the work I have been called to do to support other women to connect deeply with themselves has shown me that real beauty is simply showing up the most real version of you.”

mandy balak the ace class

Whats a unique gift that you want to share with the world?

“I naturally see the best in people and as a leader, support others to lean into their potential. If I could share this with others I believe this would influence others to build community around them that is committed to rising up and chasing possibilities without fear of failure.” 

mandy balak hair

How do you continue to bloom?

“To me, ‘blooming’ means growth and evolution and to be willing to bloom requires an open heart. Growth is a core value personally and professionally for me and I believe in a lifelong commitment to learning and am highly invested in my personal development through courses, reading, conferences, meeting new people and traveling every chance I get. I’m always ready to level up.”

Mandy brunch

What do you think it means to be feminine in this day and age?

“Up until recently, I wouldn’t describe myself as being feminine. I have had to let my walls down and embrace who I am and that’s supported me finding my true self and that doesn’t mean just wearing pink. Being feminine to me means collaboration, compassion and lifting others up and my work with @theaceclass_ and @jointherise_ brings women together to celebrate mutual success.”

What can we do to help empower women/ or become empowered women?

“Empowered women, empower women. Lead by example, smile, compliment someone when you are into their outfit, listen to understand, and open a door for another woman every chance you can.”

THANK YOU MANDY for sharing your #RedBloomInRealLife with us. You truly are an example of an empowered woman and we applaud you in your commitment to help others rise up and be their best!