International Women’s Day - Because of You
It’s International Women’s Day today and we are so proud to be able to feature such incredibly influential women that have played a huge role in shaping the JORDYN LEAH SWIM label, sometimes directly and sometimes indirectly.
The department of the Status of Women Canada sets a theme for this special day of recognition for the impactful contributions of women in society and commerce and in 2020 the theme is Because of You - the perfect opportunity for us to offer the tribute due to several incredible women without whom JORDYN LEAH SWIM might not exist.
Here’s Jordyn Leah, Founder & Designer of JORDYN LEAH SWIM, to get personal about this important day for women everywhere.
Because of my mother, I was privileged enough to grow up with a world of love and support. I absolutely wouldn’t be the woman I am today without my mom - she set a high standard for the depth of strength, assurance, and independence of a woman. She excelled in her full-time work and still never failed to be fully involved in raising, nurturing, and investing into the development of my sister and I.
I have so many fond growing up memories to reflect back on because of her - choosing a bunch of DVD movies at Blockbuster (who else remembers this?!) to hang out on the couch together with for hours on end on weekends in, coordinating extracurricular activities like dance and gymnastics, attending every sporting event and performance, throwing me THE BEST birthday parties, and still showing me by example the importance of investing in self-care by her maintenance and beautiful evolutions of the backyard garden. I’ve always told her, and still believe, that her incredible horticultural talents ought to be featured in all the home and garden magazines.
My mama, I love you with my whole heart and I can’t thank you enough for how you’ve raised me to think for myself and be fully my own woman. You never tried to mould me into something I’m not and I’ve always felt the freedom to make my own choices, mistakes, and way in life with you there to support whatever direction that shaped my journey toward. Thank you for showing me what it looks like to be fully and unconditionally loved.
Here’s to you. Because of you, I am me.
Carlea is a powerhouse business woman - she founded and grew (and grew!) Lash Up - and an incredible human being who never runs out of love and kindness to give. She’s honest, caring, and trustworthy, and I’m profoundly honoured to call her one of my best friends.
Because of Carlea, I have an incredible role model in business and in life, a trusted confidante, a ready partner for events or just an occasional drink or sushi, a super-fun accomplice, and the cheerleader I need when I hit a wall in my plans at business or at life and need to re-strategize. She gives it to me straight to say the least.
Calrea, I’m so incredibly blessed to have you in my life and I couldn’t ask for a better role model. I cherish our friendship and your kindness and support so much. The pureness of your heart is such a breath of fresh air.
Because of you, I am where - and who - I am today.
You deserve the world.
How can I even express what Kayla means to me?
My twinzie, soulmate, sister. My day 1 and my last.
Kayla lights up every room she steps into and uplifts every person she encounters without even realizing it. She’s been my greatest supporter - believing in me when I didn’t even believe in me. She’s kept me smiling with her amazing sense of humour and looking on the bright side of things is so needed through the doubts and uncertainties of launching a new business.
Kayla is one of the gorgeous faces of the JORDYN LEAH SWIM label because she believes in me so deeply that she’ll put her own image on my start-up brand. Not only that, she’s always there for me whenever I need any help at an event, a product photoshoot, or anything else related to working on making JORDYN LEAH SWIM all that I dream for it to be.
I can’t think of a more positive and supportive friend anyone could have in their life. Kayla - sister, sidekick, bestie - I simply LOVE you. You’re honest and caring, hilarious and intelligent, strong and compassionate, and I’m eternally grateful to have you in my life.
Because of you, I know that no matter where each of our journeys take us in life, I will ALWAYS have you to come home to.