OCTOBER 2018 Extraordinary Woman | Teagan Brooke
This year LINEA Paolo is celebrating our customers – women just like you by recognizing an Extraordinary Woman each month through our blog and social media channels.
Our October 2018 Extraordinary Woman is Teagan Brooke – a multi-talented Canadian dynamo who now calls San Diego home, where she works as a Registered Respiratory Technician, and owns an organic spray tan business called “Tans by Teagan.”
You may know Teagan from her Instagram account @teaganbrookeplusmodel or from our ANNA & FELICIA BESTIES Campaign where she was featured along with her bestie Heather the owner of @loveonnational in San Diego.
Follow us this month as we share images and inspiration from this dynamic Extraordinary Woman!
We are so honored to have you as our October 2018 Extraordinary Woman, and to have the opportunity to share your story of a multi-tasking, modern woman with our readers.
Tell us a little bit about where you’re from and your current home base…
I was born and raised in Northern Ontario, Canada and am currently “at home” in San Diego.
In addition to your high visibility life as a model and influencer, you’re also a woman entrepreneur, and a Registered Respiratory Therapist… can you tell us more about all the things you do?
I’ve actually put modeling on pause. It was my passion at one point in my life. I was on board with the curvy movement until it did not feel good anymore, to me.
I am only 5’5” and natural bodied. I had a few brilliant clients, but I knew after putting my heart, soul, and all my money into it, I came to know that sometimes you have to put a dream on pause in order to prioritize life.
It hurt, I felt like I had failed. I didn’t though! I knew I had a bigger purpose in life. I hated being in debt and I was always worried about money.
I was working as a practicing RT and I had been part time for over 7 years, with no consistency or full-time employment schedule…it was very stagnant.
My friend, Ashley, owner of Buttercup Tans in Houston, gave me an “aha” moment. She said I would be an amazing business owner….
A couple of months later Tans By Teagan was born. I do organic spray tans now. I love making women feel beautiful on the inside and out. So currently, I maintain my social media presence to be real and to inspire. I have my business, Tans By Teagan (stay tuned for an event at Love on National in San Diego), and working at an amazing company as a Respiratory Technical Specialist. I’ve found myself working at the very company I’ve been wanting to work at forever.
That sounds like quite a journey of self-discovery and like you’ve got a lot on your plate at all times. How do you balance everything in your life?
I’ve learned to say no. I’ve learned to listen to my body, respect it and give it what it needs.
Three powerful practices – let’s talk about three things you’ve learned from your three life paths.
What are the top 3 things you’ve learned as a model?
- Don’t change for ANYONE
- Be true to YOU
- Know your WORTH
What about the top 3 things you’ve learned from working in the medical field?
- It is a very stressful professional work field
- Have patience like crazy
- How to shield myself from the feelings of sadness and heartache that come with working closely with patients who are in pain and suffering
And last but not least, the top 3 things you’ve learned from owning your own business?
- You need to, and HAVE TO love what you do
- Level up
LOVE all of these insights – especially the first three – and we are going to quote you on it!
Next up, tell us about your 10 favorite things.
- A cozy bed
- The ocean
- Comfy shoes
- Banana pudding from simply wholesome
- Essential oils
- Products (I’m currently obsessing over Vichy and Kb essentials)
Great list – we’re especially on board for numbers 1, 5 and 10!
Tell us about your trademark style next…
Cozy, effortless and timeless.
This really comes through in your photos – it’s like SoCal style meets Canadian cozy.
While we’re talking about style, tell us about your 5 must-haves for your professional work wardrobe.
- Comfy high heels
- Easy makeup
- A bomb blowout from Goldline Salon
- Minimal, but cute jewelry
- Premium quality and fashionable, yet interchangeable designs
- 5 must haves for your everyday wardrobe…
- Slink Jeans
- Birks (Sooooooooo comfy lol)
- A sundress that I can go braless in, for total comfort
- Kini Bands so I can put up my hair-and they look cute on my wrist as bracelets, too
So that was one awesomely over-achieving list! We’re all about seeing shoes as number one – let’s talk about why you love shoes…
Simply because without a good pair of shoes you really can’t go anywhere!
Speaking of lofty thoughts, can you share what inspires you?
So many things – I get inspired daily!
And how do you hope to Inspire Others?
I hope to inspire others to be authentic, to be brave, and to live life with purpose!
We recently partnered with you on our BESTIES Campaign, can you share your thoughts on the role of friendship in our modern world, and describe its importance in your busy life?
In the world we live in today, when and if you can truly find a gem of a friend, I believe it’s something that should be cherished and valued. There’s a lot of hate in our modern world today, so establishing and maintaining a real, solid friendship is nothing to take lightly or to be taken for granted.
Thanks Teagan for sharing your story with us and our readers. We’re going to get a little bit personal on this last question – can you share something that most people don’t know about you?
I love to eat the middle out of pancakes–Eff the edges, LOL!!
…but I still eat the rest of the pancake though afterwards.
Such a funny an unexpected answer! It was such a pleasure to interview you for this feature and we are so honored to have you as our October 2018 Extraordinary Woman.
Follow Teagan on Instagram @teaganbrookeplusmodel
San Diego friends – check out Teagan’s beautiful website Tans By Teagan to schedule your appointment for a luxe organic spray on tan today, and watch her feed for news on the upcoming event at Love on National !
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