be a surprise

Just as you should love your body for all its beauty and flaws, you should love your personality and passions the same way.

Western society oftens uses stereotypes to define groups of people; if you follow one trend, then you must follow all in the same archetype. For example, if you like indie music, then you should wear plaid, ride a fixie and say no to any electronic device that doesn’t have a Granny Smith branded on it. We find ourselves committed to these groups and stay focused in the communities that are built around them.

But what if we tried to redefine these niches? What if we all committed to scaring ourselves a little bit each and every day, by stepping outside the box we drew ourselves into? Imagine the people you would meet, the potential connections you could make, and the strength of community that could result.

I have purple hair, tattoos and piercings. A quick once over and most people would peg me for a skateboarding, pub loving, punk rocker. If you got to know me then you'd find out that I'm training for my first 10K in October, I love red wine and tapas restaurants and my favourite music is progressive house and a little bit of Britney.

I encourage you to be that surprise. When people meet you, they never know what they are going to get.

Sylwia is a Key Leader and aspiring blogger at lululemon athletica Chinook Centre. Her goal is to open her own Parkour & Yoga Studio in Krakow, Poland.

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i have those shorts & love britney too! wonderful post. wish i could read sylwia’s personal blog. send us the link!

Comment by marli — October 7, 2010 @ 4:36 am

Love it! Thanks!!

Comment by Justine — October 7, 2010 @ 4:54 am

Well said. It’s important to branch out, we owe it to ourselves to find out what we truly enjoy!

Comment by Charlene — October 7, 2010 @ 6:54 am

I am in love with this girl. I have the pleasure of working and being friends with Sylwia, and she inspires me every single day. :)

Comment by Brandy — October 7, 2010 @ 10:31 pm

Slywia! so good! i loves loves loves! and you totally forgot to add backstreet boys in there!!! LOL

Comment by Jenna Mae — October 7, 2010 @ 10:42 pm

So inspiring Syl… I got it!

Comment by Leah — October 8, 2010 @ 6:36 am

AMAZING GIRL!! Wow, you truly are unique, I love you so much :D way to go!

Comment by Cait — October 8, 2010 @ 5:32 pm

This is beautifully written Sylwia, as are you. Thank you for sharing!!

Comment by Anna — October 8, 2010 @ 8:04 pm

Nice post! It is inspiring!! :)

Comment by Alexandra — October 10, 2010 @ 10:11 am

Wow nice rack, I mean tank.

Comment by Anna — October 10, 2010 @ 11:34 am

Lovely post, Sylwia. Like Walt Whitman said, we human beings “are large [and] contain multitudes.” Thank you for sharing.

Comment by Anna-Claire — October 10, 2010 @ 11:46 am


Well written post with an absolutely awesome message. Best of luck in your upcoming 10K.


Comment by Mika — October 10, 2010 @ 9:03 pm

So inspiring, thank you for the insight into your opinion, and enlightening mine !

Comment by Lauren — October 11, 2010 @ 2:54 pm

Great blog, love the hair, & good luck with the marathon! :)

Comment by Richard — October 11, 2010 @ 4:31 pm

Sylwia!!! This is amazing and I loved reading it, like a breath of very fresh air. You inspire us all and make my shift so enjoyable each time I’m in. Thank you for being you and continuing to break down all the negative stereotypes. LOVE YOU!!!

Comment by Amany LeBonce — October 13, 2010 @ 7:29 pm

Very inspiring and honest! People shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover!!

Comment by Katrina Weitzel — October 31, 2010 @ 9:32 am

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