Being in the world of blogging and social media has connected me with inspiring women from around the world.  Its what I love the most about pursuing this path and I learn something new every single day.  I started my blog while on mat leave after having my daughter Kensington and now that I am returning to work, I plan on doing both and KILLING it in both areas.

There are a lot of women with successful blogs AND impressive day jobs so I decided to reach out to a few of them in hopes of getting inspired for my impending back to work journey and in the process, I got some great responses from fabulous ladies (Lawyers, Doctors, Business Owners and Business Leaders). So behold, is the inaugural installment of a new section on the blog “Q&A with TorontoShay” – Click on the images below to hear what each interviewee had to say and don’t forget to let me know what you think!

TorontoShay xo 

All collages are designed by Quinnie Mason

Linda Nguyen, “insta-blogger” behind @DoctorLinda and founder of LINDERMA. Linda (A Sagittarius) is a General Physician with extra training in Dermatology who drops skin care gems on insta to keep you looking gorgeous, also has impeccable style and an impressive handbag collection to match. In her Q&A Linda shares how instagram helps her connect with new clients and allows her to showcase that Medicine doesn’t have to be one dimensional. It can be multi-dimensional and full of colour!

@MonroeSteele is a Doctor of Physical therapy and blogger behind Fashion Steele NYC.  After getting her Doctorate from NYU, Monroe (a Taurus) started her blog as a way to express herself and her fashion choices when she is not wearing scrubs.  In Monroe’s Q&A, she shares advice for those looking to leave their day job to pursue blogging full time. Her response might come as a surprise!


Krystle Ng-A-Mann, Lawyer and Blogger behind Dine And Fash, a blog about her love for food, fashion and travel! Krystle (a Libra), started off as a Lawyer and blogged as her side hustle but recently made the decision to blog full time.  In Krystle’s Q&A, she talks a bit about the rational behind her decision to leave her job and why its the best decision she’s made thus far!


Catriona Smart, Co-Founder of Halo PR Group and blogger behind Catriona’s story is unique in that she started off as a full time blogger and it lead to her founding her own PR company.  In Catriona’s Q&A, she shares that being a blogger not only helped her career, it actually made it and has led to all of the opportunities that have come her way.


Alexandra Nikolajev (@LexNiko), is the Blogger behind formally worked in Digital Advertising at Google and now works in a similar role at Amazon. In Alex’s Q&A, she talks about how blogging has helped her bring more value to her 9-5. She also has some great advice for those that are thinking about leaving their careers to blog full time.

Cynthia Andrew is an Attorney and the blogger behind  Cynthia, (a cancer), shares why she loves blogging, why she loves being an attorney and why she wants to continue doing both. Read her full interview here


  1. December 10, 2017 / 1:35 am

    I enjoyed reading about each one of the ladies! I was most intrigued by Dine & Fash’s story, about leaving the legal field to blog full time. Great post Shay!

    • torontoshay
      December 10, 2017 / 3:00 am

      Yes! I really enjoyed reading Krystle’s story as well.

  2. December 12, 2017 / 9:18 am

    This is an amazing series. Can’t wait to read them all. And kudos on the collages! Looks editorial.

    • torontoshay
      December 12, 2017 / 9:19 am

      Thanks so much Vivi!

  3. Yaya
    December 19, 2017 / 9:55 am

    Why do we need their star signs???

    • torontoshay
      December 19, 2017 / 10:07 am

      I’m obsessed with astrology – I incorporate it into every interview that I do. It’s kind of one of my signatures ❤️

    • torontoshay
      December 21, 2017 / 8:23 am

      Thanks Tomi! I found everyone’s stories to be very helpful as well ❤️

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