Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau is an inspiring woman, blazing her own path and redefining what it means to be a “political wife”. With election day almost here, we thought it was the perfect time to publish our “Coffee & Conversations” chat between Grégoire-Trudeau and LWTL’s Jasmine Kavadias Landry.
LWTL: HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT CHANGE, WHEN IT COMES TO FAMILY, WORK OR POLITICS?
SGT: I like change. It makes me know myself better and helps me fully live my life and contribute to the lives of others, to the people I love. Like many moms, I try to juggle everyone’s schedule, as well as my husband’s professional life. It is important for me to be present and involved in the lives of my children. My number one priority is family.
LWTL: WHAT WORD BEST DESCRIBES YOU TODAY
LWTL: WHAT WOMAN MOST INSPIRES YOU AND WHY?
SGT: Whatever her name, status, country of origin, or education, the woman who inspires me the most is one who shows courage, humility, dignity, and love. What inspires me even more is when women come together to raise the level of consciousness in society and build a more just world. The foster mother of mankind, to me, is Woman.
LWTL: IF YOU COULD GIVE ADVICE TO WOMEN WHO ARE LOOKING FOR THEIR DREAM JOB, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
SGT: To search or find a dream job, we need to know what drives us, what we are passionate about. Everything is accessible if one believes it deeply. It is important to have a mentor in the industry that interests us and we must go ahead and share the sacred fire that leads us, because it’s contagious.
People who have dream jobs in our eyes often began with “small scale jobs.” We must be hardworking, brave, and see beyond the fray. Also, we should stop thinking that we are in competition with others around us. Ability to work with a team is essential.
LWTL: IF YOU COULD TALK TO THE GIRL YOU WERE AT 16, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?
SGT: This question moves and touches me deeply. I would tell her: “Learn to be gentle and patient with yourself. Learn to love yourself. If you do this, you will discover ‘self’ and ‘other’ at the same time.”
LWTL: WHAT WAS YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE IN THE LAST YEAR? WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM IT?
SGT: I would say that the last few years have been full of small challenges: life in politics; raising children with a dad who travels often; breaking my arm; undergoing minor operations; completing my course to become a yoga teacher; learning to balance my work as a facilitator, speaker, and mom; finding time for volunteering and causes that are important to me. This has taught me that sometimes you have to say “no.” We must know our limits. We cannot do everything and do it well.
LWTL: YOGA TAKES AN IMPORTANT PLACE IN YOUR LIFE. DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE PHILOSOPHY?
SGT: Yes. This discipline brings me great physical, moral, and spiritual well being. Yoga is also a social movement for peace and justice, and the world greatly needs it! Many quotes are meaningful to me, but I love this one: “Let the beauty of the love that inhabits you dictate your every action.”
LWTL: HOW WOULD YOU COMPLETE THESE SENTENCES?
SGT: I am…completely in love with life.
Politics means…wanting to serve others.
If more women…and men came together for the common good, the planet would be better as a whole.