About Pauleanna Reid
I am a beauty (and a beast).
I fight for the things I love and I am unapologetic about who I am.
I've used the bricks that others have thrown at me to build a firm foundation to my growing brand and empire. At a glance, people say that I'm happy, I'm smart and I'm beautiful. But if you really knew me then you would know that at the core of my being I'm a survivor. I was bullied as a teen and suffered from a mental illness, specifically depression and anxiety, for 6 years before I really developed the confidence and courage to pursue my dreams of becoming a professional writer and entrepreneur. But with a vision board, hard work and through building healthy relationships, I created the world I wanted and arrived on the other side of fear where anything is possible!
At 26-years-old, I've stacked a full resume of life and career experiences. I hold titles as an Amazon Best Selling Author of the hot fiction novel Everything I Couldn't Tell My Mother, a Nationally Published Journalist, Motivational Speaker, Entrepreneur. Through a whirlwind of inspirational lectures, round table discussions and media appearances (Rogers Television, MTV Canada, Global Television), I positively influence, challenge and reconnect youth with their passions. I love using incredible wit and candor to empower women & girls. I am well-equipped to provide the necessary tools to help you prioritize your life and execute personal growth and leadership skills. Having overcome my own personal and professional obstacles, my powerful story-telling encourages this generation to face their challenges and conquer them. I am on a mission to help others see beyond the limits of their circumstances because I envision a world where all women are given the opportunity, not only to dream bigger dreams, but to create and shape the world they have always desired.
Spreading mental health awareness is important to me because I know what it's like to suffer in silence. It is estimated that 10-20% of Canadian youth are affected by a mental illness or disorder and 20% of Canadians will personally experience a mental illness in their lifetime. However, once depression is recognized, help can make a difference for 80% of people who are affected, allowing them to get back to their regular activities. In 2013, I teamed up with MTV Canada’s Impact in partnership with the Bell Media’s Mental Health initiative ‘Let’s Talk’ Campaign with an aim to educate the country about these alarming stats and provide solutions to those in need. The biggest problem is that we, young people, are not talking. It’s the silence that is hurting us more than anything, and it indirectly affects all Canadians at some point; it could be a friend, family member or colleague. By sharing my personal experiences, I hope to show young adults how they can turn their frustration into motivation.
My career as a professional writer has opened doors to a wide range of subject matter such as: business & finance, health, female empowerment, fashion & music, lifestyle, travel, politics and world issues. This really is my dream job and I don't take a moment for granted. My endless enthusiasm and astounding work ethic has created a platform where I am able to regularly produce news reports inside the pages of the National Post, Toronto Star, Toronto Sun and the Vancouver Sun for an audience of several hundred thousand readers across the country. Past interviews include: Brent Butt, Jillian Michaels, Rick Mercer, Sarah McLachlan, Olivia Newton-John, Tonya Lee Williams, Dr. Mehmet and Lisa Oz, Keshia Chante, Michael Green (architect), Charles Khabouth, Entertainment Tonight Canada news reporter Kim D'Eon, Citytv's Toronto Breakfast Television Host Dina Pugliese, and Pamela Jeffery, the founder of Women's Executive Network.
Using the success of my journalism career to fuel another life-long dream, over a 4-year span I wrote a young adult fiction novel titledEverything I Couldn’t Tell My Mother. It is a coming-of-age story for any woman who has ever questioned her sexual maturity or readiness, stayed silent at a time when she should have spoken up or accepted treatment that was less than what she deserved. I am happy to announce that it is now available worldwide.
Adding yet another role to my growing empire, I run a kick-ass mentorship program for women seeking direction and advice in their careers. New Girl On The Block is a daring guide designed to teach women ages 25-32 how to confidently step out of their comfort zones, dazzle in their chosen industry and make power moves worthy of commanding recognition and praise. Gone are the days where the “New Girl On The Block” feels intimidated, anxious and doubts herself, this program delivers the tools and resources necessary to help her become smooth, savvy and successful. I am teaching young women across the Greater Toronto Area how to keep their minds as sharp as the spike on their stilettos.
After recently stepping down as the CEO/Principle Stylist of La’Brown Styles, an image consulting firm I co-founded in 2007, I am now pursuing a solo career as a freelance wardrobe stylist and image consultant. With flavorful energy, a keen eye for detail and a trusted creative vision, I work with clients through various services to enhance their personal style and essentially create a first impression and confidence that will turn heads.
I work hard, but play much harder. My hobbies include learning foreign languages, volunteering, reading, boxing, shopping and listening to music. I also have an extensive athletic background in both competitive swimming and soccer and I am currently studying French. My accomplishments are only a piece of the bigger picture. I still continue to dream big. My goals include: extending my work into international projects, gracing the prestigious TEDx stage and more. I get excited just thinking about what's to come. I am a self-taught renaissance woman who breathes life into her passions every day and my hope is that my drive motivates you to do the same.
The Book: Everything I Couldn't Tell My Mother
Everything I Couldn’t Tell My Mother is a coming-of-age story for any woman who has ever questioned her sexual maturity and readiness, stayed silent at a time when she should have spoken up or accepted treatment that was less than what she deserved.
Aaliyah Panarese is the teenage daughter of successful, overprotective parents who want the best for her but rarely consider her hopes and dreams. Under the matriarchal rules of her abusive mother, Aaliyah is expected to, without question, follow in her footsteps and attend law school after she graduates from high school. Frustrated and too cowardly to express her dreams of becoming a writer, she escapes life’s harsh realities by journaling heartfelt letters to her mother inside a diary, hoping that one day they will be the keys to rebuilding trust and strengthening the emotional connection that is lacking between them.
In a desperate attempt to find her voice, and feel accepted and loved, she befriends Stacy, Tonja and Manny—the most rebellious girls at her school. Aaliyah follows the crowd, breaks her parents’ rules and is quickly thrown into a battlefield marked with peer pressure, self-loathing, sexual discovery and broken friendships. Her journey takes dramatic twists and turns while delivering a cautionary tale that is grounded in the reality of what it is to be a teenager in today’s instant-access generation.