I’m a wild woman, an adventurer, an explorer. I’m a traveller, a free spirit, a nomad. A thrill seeking, outdoor athlete, risk taker. I am an advocate, an activist, and a kind soul. I am a hedonist who has no interest in any of life’s big three m’s: mediocracy, monotony, or the mundane. I am fierce and passionate about all that I do. I go against the grain of social norms and live my life the way I feel happiest by following what brings me joy.
I know, not the bio you were expecting right? You were wanting the business breakdown, my age, where I am from.. but I am so much more than a business platform, a number, and a location. I am a unapologetic wild woman who is always chasing her dreams and making them a reality. I am dedicated to making the world a better place and helping others to live their lives to the fullest. I am not easily summarized in a one liner because what I do is so much more than just one thing.
As a queer autistic who lives with cPTSD, depression, anxiety, chronic pain, autoimmune diseases, and disability, I feel it is my duty to share my story in hopes that it shows others they’re not alone, that being different is something to celebrate, and that chasing your joy will lead to amazing places. I strive to step into my vulnerability as often as I can, to live authentically and to invite others to also step into their vulnerability. I voice what I have experienced to create genuine human connection and to use my privilege to speak up for and with so many others who also experience stigma, oppression, ridicule, and have been made to feel like they shouldn’t be here on this planet. This guides all that I do because it is what makes me who I am.
What I do for work is not all of who I am but it also helps make me who I am. I am photographer who specializes within travel, conservation, and adventure portraiture, who has been taking photographs for over 21 years. I am a non-fiction writer who specializes in narratives, memoirs, publication contributions, guest blogging, and poetry. I am a wellness guide who helps empower women (this includes trans women), non-binary, and others within their healing journeys and self-love. I am also a public speaker who talks about vulnerability, trauma healing, self-love, living your truth, a more equitable world as well as climate change, eco-friendly living, and environmentalism.
Community over competition is hugely important to me, so I give back as much as I can through things such as volunteering, collaborating, and work exchange. While I dabble in many different sectors my main points of interest are in environmental protection, wellness, women’s, BIPOC, and queer rights, and working with people with disabilities. I want what I bring forth into this world to help create a more equitable society. I work against things such as racism, homophobia/transphobia, fatphobia, ableism, and more. While also doing the work to unlearn any ways those things have been taught to me or may reside within me.
My goal is to broaden people’s perspectives, make others feel understood, inspire people to reach their highest potential, help the world become a better place, and help others to see the beauty in themselves and this planet. I do this within my work as a professional, a volunteer, and by simply living life in tune with who I truly am – showing myself vulnerably to the world. I am constantly learning, growing, and evolving. I am imperfect, but I intend to leave this world better than I found it. Never forget you are worthy, you are enough, you are loveable, and you deserve to shine your unique light on this world.
I currently reside on the stolen lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), & səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations and I was raised on Qʼʷa:n̓ƛʼən̓ (Kwantlen) Nation Territory. While this may come last in my bio, it is one of the most important things that needs to be acknowledged. Hych’ka Siem.