Do What You Love and Love What You Do!

Meet LYDA Collective’s newest brand ambassador, Jackie Zelt. She dives into the culture of doing what she loves and talks about how her passions allow her to live a healthy active lifestyle everyday! Welcome to the JEAN TEAM Jackie. We’re happy to have you represent!

How would you describe your lifestyle?

Always flowing, never boring.  Young at heart!

Where do you live now and how does your location cater to what you love doing?

I live right in Nelson and it’s amazing.  I can longboard everywhere, take my bike for a groceries shop, walk to work – it doesn’t get much better than that.


What types of activities and sports are you into?

Maybe the question should be, “What aren’t you into?”  Hah. Nelson offers pretty much everything and I am truly grateful for that.  I love to snowboard, skateboard, longboard, bike, climb, slackline, hike, play ice hockey and do yoga.  I also love to draw, paint, make pottery, play the guitar, drums, and take photos. I’m not saying that I am good at all of them (or amazing at any of them!), but all of these things are such a huge part of who I am and they make my heart incredibly happy.  Plus, the highlight of it all is definitely meeting new friends and being connected to this inspiring community of amazing humans who also share a passion for adventure and the outdoors.

How did you become involved in photography, art, music, your sports?

I have always been involved in sports from a very young age.  As long as I can remember really. I grew up in a hockey town in central BC so my family was very involved in the sport.  Naturally I picked it up at a young-ish age because I wanted to be able to take part in something that both my dad and brother did very well.  There weren’t many girls playing at that time so we had to get changed into our hockey gear in weird spots like storage rooms at the rink. It’s awesome to see how far females have progressed in this sport now as well as so many others.  Ice hockey was the first sport that I dedicated myself to intensely and played at a university level. Other than that, my dad and I built a 4 foot tall mini pipe in our backyard when I was a teen so skateboarding has always been something that I was driven towards as well.  Any board sport really. I loved the flow of it, and that feeling crossed over into snowboarding, which is something that I didn’t get to do much of when I was younger because I was traveling all over the province playing ice hockey. Snowboarding is a love that is still super fresh and exciting for me.  Climbing is fairly new to me since I had to overcome an injury that didn’t allow me to participate in the sport over the last 10 years, but I’m super stoked to be involved in this scene again as well.

I feel like I am an old soul when it comes to music and taught myself how to play the guitar when I was a teen.  From there I pushed myself out of my comfort zone and joined an 80s cover band for a while. Last year in Nelson I was very fortunate to meet a great group of friends and was invited to play along with them and their band.  I have always had a love for percussion so I gravitated towards this and we found ourselves jamming at the Royal a few times which was a lot of fun. I am currently taking drum lessons in order to improve my playing and have recently joined an all female ladies cover band.

Art has always been a passion too.  When I took my Kinesiology and Education degrees at the University of Calgary, I graduated with one credit short of a minor in art.  It was my hope to someday teach both Physical Education and Art at a high school level, and so far my dream has basically come true! I am so fortunate to be teaching Art, Guitar, Photography, and Health/Career at LVR.  I feel like I am able to share my passions with my students on a daily basis, and that’s what makes getting out of bed every morning so worth it.

How does doing what you love everyday impact your health and well being?

Doing what I love everyday is essential to my health and well being.  I wouldn’t be doing it if it wasn’t. The fact that I get to wake up everyday and share the love for what I do with energetic and creative youth of our community is amazing, and something I am super grateful for and always remind myself of.  A lot of the times my job doesn’t even seem like a “job” which is something I have always strived for in my life, in terms of finding a career that was rewarding and fulfilling. I love the fact that as an adult, I get to continue to learn and grow every day with the kids.  Kids always have something to teach the teacher too! The most important concept that I need to continue to work on is balance, because sometimes I can put too much energy into one thing and burn out. I have many interests, so the fact that I get to pursue some of them while I am at work, really helps ease the itch that I get if I am not constantly creating and doing the things that I love.

What about LYDA’s products and culture do you connect with the most and how does LYDA cater to your lifestyle?

I gotta say right off the hop that I absolutely LOVE LYDA’s jeans!  As a female hockey player, jeans have always been too tight around the quads and loose everywhere else.  It’s not very fun and is the reason that I never really wore them. LYDA’s jeans seem to fit perfectly, not to mention they are both functional and rugged for active and outdoorsy women, and are stylish to boot.  They have the whole package deal and I am so impressed! I feel like they are the one pair of jeans/pants that you could take to pretty much any event. *Insert high fives here*

It’s also really awesome that LYDA is local, because I love shopping and supporting local artists before going elsewhere.  LYDA’s other items are super rad as well, such as their toques, hats, and shirts. I like the clean and simple approach to their designs, and that everything is both functional and fashionable.  LYDA stands for “Live Your Dreams Always” which has always been a big part of my life, yet more recently than ever before, so it is neat that LYDA and I became connected during this chapter of my life.  Obviously the fact that LYDA is such a huge supporter of female athletes in a way that helps them achieve their goals by creating awesome apparel that fits their needs, is something that I connect with on a personal level as well for sure.


What would you say to your students about following their passions and thinking bigger?

I would say to them that anything is possible.  Go big. Create the life that you want, because in the end, you are the only one who is truly living it.  If you have a passion for something, don’t let anything or anyone stop you from achieving your dreams and goals.  Life is too short to pretend to be someone you are not. Pursue those things that make your heart sing. If you surround yourself with positive like-minded individuals, continue to learn and grow from situations, be kind towards and thankful for the people and our environment everyday, and most importantly – always stay true to yourself and your heart’s desires, then really, I don’t think you can go wrong.  Oh and stretch! Don’t forget to stretch both your body and your mind… they will thank you for it in the long run ;).

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