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#MYDREAMIsToHelpWomenCreateTheLifestyleTheyWant(byfindingthemselvesinthenoise)

Caroline Topperman
Caroline Topperman Influencer
15d Toronto, ON, Canada Conversation

#Mydream is to live a life that makes me happy and not one that society sets out for me. I often find that as women, we are constantly setting out to please everyone but ourselves and that doesn’t sit well with me. 

It is thanks to this dream that I have left myself open to any and all opportunities for where life may take me and I am always willing to take a chance on the unknown. This means that I’ve danced, sold cosmetics, owned a Pilates studio, sold insurance, worked at a dealership, run a successful blog and written books. 

Whether I am starting a new creative project or spontaneously moving to a new continent without a detailed plan, my motto has become, “anything is possible, it’s the journey that counts”. 


As a trainer, I prided myself with teaching women about self-care and how to incorporate health and fitness into their busy lives. As a blogger I help women to find themselves in the surrounding noise. 


It has taken me a long time to get to this point in my life and honestly, I get scared of the future. I would say, however, that everything I’ve done is based on following my gut, first and foremost. This is very important because I need to do what’s right for me and my family without overwhelming opinions from others. This is my life and not some else’s. It takes a great deal of resilience when no one around you (especially if it’s your family) actually understands what you are doing. You need to stay true to yourself and trust your instincts, even when self-doubt is creeping in. One of my tricks is to ask myself, “what is the worst that can happen?”. 


When I decided that we should sell all of our belongings and move to Europe I ignored the small details because I knew they would throw me off track. Details can be worked out later, as they come up.  I knew that if nothing worked out, we would come back a year or even a few months later, wiser and with great stories to tell. What actually happened was that we spent four wonderful years in Europe experiencing the lifestyle we wanted, meeting wonderful people and making great friends. Upon our return to Canada, we were in a stronger position than when we left. No regrets. 


Interestingly, our specific North American way of living and thinking about life allowed us to mentor people in their businesses and show them that there are other ways of thinking about how to approach their goals. Perhaps most importantly, we were able to show them that instead of than accepting the status quo and seeing their lives paved out in front of them, they should dream because dreams can be made to come true. As long as you’re willing and not afraid. 

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  • Danica
    14d ago

    Wow what the hardest part about selling all of your belongings and moving to Europe logistically?

    Wow what the hardest part about selling all of your belongings and moving to Europe logistically?

    • Caroline Topperman
      Caroline Topperman Influencer
      14d ago Toronto, ON, Canada

      @Danica It was actually fairly easy with regards to selling everything, just a lot (a lot) of work. We gave away some of our small appliances to friends who really wanted them, sold some others on Craig's List. The car and our condo went quickly. Honestly, the toughest thing was planning out our timeline since we were in Vancouver and our families live in Toronto and we wanted to see them before making the leap. That and the paperwork for our dog. We needed to set up a strict timeline for that. I should also mention that although, once we made the decision to go, the move was fast (just a few months) we both had the right to European passports but the application took a long time. We wanted to get our passports regardless but it took about 1.5 when all was said and done. 

      @Danica It was actually fairly easy with regards to selling everything, just a lot (a lot) of work. We gave away some of our small appliances to friends who really wanted them, sold some others on Craig's List. The car and our condo went quickly. Honestly, the toughest thing was planning out our timeline since we were in Vancouver and our families live in Toronto and we wanted to see them before making the leap. That and the paperwork for our dog. We needed to set up a strict timeline for that. I should also mention that although, once we made the decision to go, the move was fast (just a few months) we both had the right to European passports but the application took a long time. We wanted to get our passports regardless but it took about 1.5 when all was said and done. 


Caroline Topperman
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Caroline is a blogger and a writer, who has worked in the fashion, fitness and beauty industries. From owning a Pilates studio which was frequented by professional athletes and Hollywood celebrities to working with international fashion and beauty brands, she has done it all. Caroline’s first book, [...]

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