Best known as the creator and TV host of HGTV Canada’s She’s Crafty, Wendy Russell is one fun, talented and creative woman. Crafting was something Wendy loved to do as a child and young adult, but spent the better part of her 20’s waiting for Hollywood to call as she pursued a career in acting. She pushed crafting aside in order to do it. Well, Hollywood only called a couple of times, which wasn’t enough to fulfill her (or pay the bills, frankly). What was filling her was food and copious amounts of it, in the form of the lesser known eating disorder, “compulsive overeating”. Wendy quickly realized what she was doing to herself and got back to creating gifts for friends and family instead of overeating. Because creativity healed her, she knew it could heal others. Hence, She’s Crafty was born.
Wendy is currently writing two books: The Creativity Cure: How to Heal What Ails You By Doing What You Love and Fame Sucks: 10 Awesome Reasons Why You DON’T Want to Be Famous. As a freelance writer, she has written for The Globe & Mail, Canadian Living Magazine and Homes & Living Magazine.
Wendy’s fun, inspirational and transformational talks are all about sharing her passion for living an authentic, fulfilling, creative life!
Wendy is also a certified HEROES Trainer through Impact Society, a program for kids in Grade 6-8 that focuses on people’s strengths, promotes strong character choices and awakens purpose and success. www.impactsociety.com
1. The Creativity Cure: How to Heal What Ails You
Why do we stop doing what we loved doing as kids? Career, family responsibilities, money, right? Other (very happy) countries that place less importance on getting ahead and the pursuing “The American Dream” and care more about the quality of life teach us a great lesson. We are an overweight, addicted society who has forgotten who we are: creative beings. In order to save ourselves, we must do what’s in our hearts and allow creativity back into our lives.
2. Fame Sucks: 10 Awesome Reasons Why You DON’T Want To Be Famous
Thanks to reality television, kids and young adults these days believe all they have to do to be rich, famous and successful is to hop into a hot tub in a bikini, act stupid and drink themselves into oblivion. They’re opting out of going to university to get an education and would rather rely on their looks, their parent’s money and the hope that they’ll be discovered. As someone who’s experienced the negative impact of fame, actress and TV Host Wendy Russell speaks to kids about fame’s harsh truth and why it should never be on your list of life goals.
3. Attracting a Younger Audience to Your Business
Retailors are struggling with attracting a younger audience these days with all the distractions of social media. Rather than fight it, Wendy teaches you how to embrace social media as a way to form long lasting relationships with younger generations.
4. Impact Society’s HEROES Program
Wendy is a certified HEROES Program trainer through Impact Society, a non-profit organization that teaches kids in Grades 6-8 to focus on their strengths, gifts & abilities, promotes strong character choices and awakens their purpose. This course is taught as a 12 or 14 week program but can also be presented in condensed form as a school assembly.