Meet Our Founder
Tiffany is your average Health, fitness, and Blogging newbie. Conquering her fears and going on the journey of her life!
She’s here to share with you the challenges and successes of her journey in a way that you can relate to. She believes that you absolutely are good enough for your goals regardless of how long or the path that it may take you to get there.
“If I could give a younger me one piece of advice it would be, Don’t be afraid of your goals. They are meant to challenge you but they are also there to inspire you!”Tiffany Christie
She had to do something but she was starting from scratch.
She wanted to ensure that her journey was documented along the way so as an entrepreneur at heart and lover of making things easy to understand, TiffanyChristie.ca was born. She believes that everyone should go after their dreams and believe in themselves even if nobody else does. She reminds everyone that you have to start with being in your own corner first. Others will join you as the fire grows and they realize you aren’t going anywhere.
“It doesn’t matter how you get there. It just matters that you do.”
Tiffany knows that finding your passion, and what you are meant to spend your life doing can be a challenging journey and she hopes to inspire those who are considering going after their dreams of getting fit to go for it. Taking risks is scary but when you are supported by a community of amazing people, suddenly it doesn’t seem so far out of reach. The world of opportunities is available to you. All you have to do is reach out for what you desire.
So whether the final ending is to lose weight or not in the end, Tiffany is an avid supporter of making things simple to understand and shooting for the stars! Will you join us on this journey? We can’t wait to see how things go and grow along the way! You don’t have to walk the path alone.
Here’s Her Story in her words:
It’s been a while since I’ve written a really good introduction to well.. me. I haven’t shared with you much about what has been going on in my life because in all honesty, it hasn’t been overly eventful or “Instagram/social media or Blog worthy”. However, that’s what got me thinking today. What does “Instagram worthy” even have to mean? It’s my Instagram page if it’s worthy to me. It’s worthy enough. Decision made.
So, Here it is. Another introduction to who I am. I am a 28 year old learning and living my best life. I am following my heart and interests in all different paths. Educationally, After high school, I went into Massage Therapy. I hated it. Something about intimately touching complete strangers felt out of place for me and my petite hands would end up SUPER sore at the end of the day from the constant pressure. I knew it wasn’t something I was going to be able to do long-term. However, I did gather some awesome skills that tend to benefit my S.O. when I feel like it because that’s another thing, if you do something so much that you don’t absolutely love, you get burnt out and then you don’t want to do it anymore in your free time.
After a crummy relationship years back I started caring for a 3-year-old super dear to my heart. I worked with her daily for months before I figured out that caring for people is something that comes naturally to me. I have a huge heart particularly for those in my circle and I really do want everyone to succeed. So I went back to school to support others in living their best life. I studied Developmental Services and worked for several years specifically with individuals who had a developmental disability and were also hard of hearing, Deaf or Non-verbal using American Sign Language(ASL) in my everyday life. Eventually, I transitioned from direct support every day into a new organization in an office now working to remove and break down barriers to inclusion for all persons. In between the transition, I continued my education with X (Ryerson) University and Disability Studies on the side while continuing to care for my beloved Grandmother with Dementia.
Living with and caring with someone with Dementia for the past 10 years has taught me so many things that I don’t think I ever would have learned any other way but one thing in particular that I learned and recognized through Health Care and supporting her has been how impersonal many of the experiences can be. Most people join a health profession with the intention to help because they have a big heart and want people to be well but the systems put in place remove the communication and personal connection and leave the individual feeling isolated and alone to navigate while also frightened and often unwell.
So I’ve shared my experiences through education and personal that led me to having distant and impersonal experiences with healthcare professionals. I can think of several times that the cold experience drove me away from medicine and healthcare. Like the day that they sat me down and told me that my mom wasn’t going to make it and that there was nothing they could do or would do anymore. I was 14 and definitely didn’t understand why they would just stop and the woman in the room to tell me this barely looked at me in the eye. The next was when they asked me if my Grandmother was a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate). I was barely 26 then and this time the male asking the question stood across from me and looked at the floor.
I watched a Grey’s Anatomy episode lately where the young woman was barely 18 and being asked if her parents had ever expressed interest in wanting extreme measures. She said that they had never talked about it and that they talked about normal stuff. Not stuff like this, how was she supposed to know?
I got to thinking more about my experiences and it was the same thing.
Healthcare for anyone who is not directly involved is foreign. It’s not something understood or talked about. It’s not something that is accessible in terms of understanding especially for any individuals who face barriers, and I mean any barrier from language to education to income. While Canada has Universal Health care, what does that really mean? Why isn’t Dental covered under healthcare? Why does coverage levels vary on items like eye care based on what your age is? Why do some people have access while others do not? So I set out to learn. I went back to school again, regardless of my poor experiences with healthcare I enter my first year part time of many years towards my Bach of Health Science at Queen’s. What am I going to do with this education? I have yet to discover but I’m ready to see where the journey takes me.
Perhaps the next journey I’ll share will be about my creative one because that’s a ride too so stay tuned for Part 3. Although, If I’m being completely honest.. The best is yet to come!
I’m the girl who’s tried EVERYTHING and when I say everything, I mean pretty much everything from education, to work, to creative adventures. You name it I’ve tried it but there’s been lessons that I’ve learned from each one which I’m going to share a bit on today.
High School was a tough time for me, I recently started reflecting back on that and in honestly.. They say it’s a time where you begin to find out who you are or who you are going to be as a human in the real world but for me. I hated it. I had the worst relationships, I had some not good for me friends mixed in with some really amazing friends but I just wasn’t present. My grades were OK which reflected into which path I could take initially afterwards and the amount of work it would take me to get to where I needed to be but I wasn’t really ready for it anyways. I had A LOT of personal growth to do. I had A LOT of world understanding to gather and more importantly I had A LOT of discovery to do.
I wasn’t the “popular girl”.
I felt jealousy.
I deflected often.
I was unkind.
I was rude.
I was sad.
I was hurt and I was lost. I felt like I didn’t belong and I felt like the person who I truly knew I was, didn’t match the person who was being shown to the world. For YEARS I struggled with this and am still working on breaking down each and every one of those fears and anxiety-driven triggers.
Eventually, I got the courage one day to try something different. I decided that I had the opportunity to become who I wanted to become and knew I was, and that I just had to BE that person. I had to take the leap. So I went to my first Audition. Drama was always a place to escape who you were and when you walked in that room, you told a story. The story was whatever you creatively wanted it to be and whoever you were before and after that class was irrelevant.
So I walked into my first Audition at Lindsay Little Theatre and I become a few different characters that night but ultimately landed my first theatre role. Mimzy Hubley; a bride unable to leave the hotel bathroom to get married in 2016. I had one line but was the focal point of that entire act. I would go on later to play Fritzi Bonwit; a ditzy special entertainer who with her two sisters were TERRIBLE at tap dancing. This was my first BIG Stage event. M*A*S*H would go on at the Academy Theatre in 2016 and I loved it. I auditioned for my next role and landed Peggy from Jitters who was then switched to Suzi in 2016. Jitters production fell through due to some emergencies and unforeseen circumstances but it led to my last theatre role and likely my top role, Claire Valcourt from And then the lights when out. A Femme Fatale Character who sounded like a nice girl, but brought an air of trouble with her when she walked in the door.
I took time off from Theatre but continued to work on my craft working with a 1:1 acting coach and in an Actors Lab the following year. I continued reading and learning and I created a character and spent the past 2 years building a person that I resonated with before I announced it to the world. I created a business where I was forced to show up and be the person I connected with regularly without fear. It was almost a bit like a split personality for a while and I’m sure for some it may have felt like I was that meme of Patricia from Split. I would say that I was stable because I was creating a confident and open version of myself that could make friends and be well-liked.
I created a confident and open version of myself that could make friends and be well-liked. I was creating a person who could publicly speak and a person who didn’t have my social anxiety hang-ups. It may not have made sense to most but it also didn’t have to as I was working on accepting myself.
Eventually, as it should… It began to feel inauthentic and not who I really was, because it wasn’t who I am. It was parts of who I am and it became time to integrate all of the parts together as the whole person I am. I am not a person with a split personality or a person who is unstable. I am a person who used a creative method as personal therapy for identity.
Perhaps next time it won’t have to be as drastic or as much of a shock for others but those who know me or knew me as either do know special parts of me. You can truly use anything within your reach to BE who you are.
My acting coach responded to a question I asked once with a clear and definite response that stood out to me and has stuck with me ever since. She said, “You just do it.” So.. If there’s something that’s holding you back or something that you’re hung up on or afraid of, I say this to you. “Just do it.” Refinement and understanding can always come later but ACTION is what sparks the movement.
So, Let’s Simplify things together!