Paula Stewart was recently interviewed by TheCelebrity.Online Magazine and below is the Q&A session we had with her.
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How do you introduce yourself?
Paula Stewart: Hi, I’m Paula, great to meet you! I love people though I’m a bit of an Introvert. I love listening to people talk about their lives sometime people take advantage of my patience. But sharing my life stories was something I learnt by listening to the brave souls, who told theirs.
Childhood to Adulthood – How was your transition from childhood to adulthood and what are the bad and good things you remember?
Paula Stewart: I think the transition was quite smooth. I have always been a smart and independent person, the only thing I remember that was both exciting and fear inducing at the same time, was moving into Montreal, Quebec, from Chambly, Quebec (my hometown on the South Shore of Montreal). I experience lots of anxiety which lead to a thyroid disorder, which I still live with thirty years later. Lots of Racism and Sexism too, which surprised me, since it was the 90s and I was lead to believe that Montreal was this progressive and “hip” place. Montreal is nothing but gamblers, prostitutes and alcoholics without the Gay and Black/Brown/Indigenous communities bring VIBES to this Space!
Struggle – What hardships have you gone through in life?
Paula Stewart: I grew up poor, without a driver’s license, no trust fund or stocks and bonds in my PORTFOLIO (poor me!). I was in the military cadets for six years, that’s how I learned and practiced my French skills– My parents could not afford to send me to regular Summer Camp, this military camp paid me to attend. I remember hiking 15 miles at 6AM with a 50 lbs pack sack on my 135 lbs/ 5′ 5″ body.
I wanted to join, I was very tough as a kid, I never complained honestly! I never felt social pressure to flaunt my wealth and actually, I looked and spoke and acted like I was a Millionaire even though we had nothing. I have awesome parents. We acted Middle class in the 1960 – 1990.
What do people usually not know about you?
Paula Stewart: That I am a Survivor of Psychiatric Abuse. That I studied Italian language and culture in College (CEGEP) and at Concordia University; I thought I wanted to become a professional Translator. That I’m a huge fan of Sade and 80s music! That I performed as Tina Turner in a mini skirt at a party, in my teens…haaaaa! AWESOME.
What sets you apart from your competitors in the industry and in life?
Paula Stewart: I can outwork most people. Great focus. I don’t insult easily. I LISTEN. I’m pretty intense and disciplined lots of patience with people who are organized and sincere. I used to be less patient, I have mellowed ANDDD I meditate every day which helps. Having a thyroid condition caused me lots of physical issues for years, I struggled. Now I’m more healthy and balanced and can appreciate that we all have different capabilities and I need to slow down my rythm at times to relate better with others.
What are your upcoming major events – Unforgettable Moments or products/services that you want to promote/inform?
Paula Stewart: Well, I just published my Second book June 12, 2023 entitled, So much to be Thankful for! How I Became Happy Again. Available on Lulu.com in paperback ! It’s part Autobiography, Memoire, journaling book and MYSTERY short story, all wrapped into one! I’m very proud of how it turned out. I hired some strangers on FIVER.com. To develop some TikTok videos, they will be promoting my book on BookTok/TikTok in about two weeks. I should have the French and Spanish versions/translations, finished in about three months. I want to reach as many people World wide with my publications as possible. I am already working on my third and fourth books. I took a two week break however, my mental health is important and so are my family and friends. One good news story in my life. My book is published!!!
What are your food preferences and physical attributes?
Paula Stewart: My parents are both Jamaican and I grew up eating some traditional meals, my Mom went to cooking school in Jamaica before moving to Canada. She was and still is a great cook. We ate mostly European style foods, but I remember buying a sugar cane on the Main on St. Laurent Blvd in Montreal (It was an ethnic butcher run by Italian and Greek immigrants, where we would shop for our meat) and slicing the bark off, cutting off pieces with a sharp knife and then chewing them, soo sweet and juicy!…then spitting out the fibrous pieces (not very elegant!) We don’t use cook books, just go by instincts. Now, I don’t eat pasta, white flour products, red meat– I’m gluten free and don’t smoke or drink soda or add sugar to my meals. It helps my thyroid and my brain. I have super sensitive skin and I discovered “The Ordinary” skincare line. Life Changing! I use it daily, my favorite is the Squalane cleanser which keeps my ph balance on point. I take medications which caused my eyes to get puffy and uneven. I’m happy and lucky to be alive…I don’t worry as much about my body, but I need to exercise more.
Your love life, relationships and family?
Paula Stewart: Not Answered.
What expert advice would you like to give?
Paula Stewart: Buy Stocks and Bonds from an early age. Compound interest is your friend. Keep your skin and your body clean and healthy — do not drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes. If you do not know how to read and/ or write – IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO LEARN. Learn to read and write in your mother tongue language first! Learn to share and be of service to others it will change your life for the better!
Your social media handles and website links?
Paula Stewart: I’m not very good at this:
@PaulaAnnStewart on LinkedIn.
On Instagram: I will get back to you with the Instagram one.
I’m off Facebook and never had a TikTok account.