I started my first business back in 1996 at the tender age of 25. It wasn’t an easy decision and I had thought long and hard about ‘going it alone’ for two to three years prior to actually making the commitment to go ahead and make it happen!
I still remember clearly to this day the feelings of fear and uncertainty, questioning ‘am I doing the right thing’ and ‘what if I fail'. The moments of self-doubt and isolation and sometimes sheer loneliness encountered along the way. The huge responsibility of feeling that every key decision was on me.
Fast forward 20 years: I'm now into my eighth business,. You can trust me when I say I have made plenty of mistakes along the way, but also learned, adapted and experienced a tremendous amount of success, both personal and financial.
I was one of the lucky ones. My husband (a fellow business nutter just like myself) was my mentor throughout. My trusted friend and guide. My ‘go to’ person in times of self-doubt. The one person who I could always count on to help me see clearly, define my goals and get me re-energized when I needed clarity.
What can I say, sometimes entrepreneurship sucks! It’s lonely, it’s unglamorous and it’s a lot of hard work, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I prefer the rollercoaster ride of not knowing exactly what the outcome will be, as opposed to the merry-go-round: each day the same as the next.
No matter what successes I ever achieved in business, any parent knows that nothing can ever compare to being a mum! My son Jason was a preemie, born ten weeks too early (what can I say, that kid has always been in a hurry to do everything). Despite a difficult start, we have already shared an awesome journey together and I can honestly say there is absolutely no greater feeling on this planet than watching your child grow, learn, experience new things, and achieve their own personal greatness. I seriously had one of Jason's teachers 'thank me' for giving birth to him... which was pretty much the weirdest thing ever! (Have you checked out his story yet? Here's the link!) He's also an awesome cook, which suits my Taurean personality. Yes, we are renowned for our love of food!
I would call myself a summer person. I will be the first in the neighbourhood to have my pool open and the last to shut it down, holding on to every single day of summer for as long as humanly possible! My friends often laugh and say I remind them of the Canadian Tire advert. I also love the sun - if I wanted rain, I would have stayed in Britain!
Personally, I enjoy reading John Sandford novels, and love to learn and try new things. I would always be a helping hand to anyone who really needed it. I enjoy the first cup of tea I have in the morning and a cup of Timmies a little later on in the day. I appreciate being around people who despite the adversities they are facing in life, keep fighting and stay positive. I also enjoy the stillness of the simple things, like sitting on the back deck, just listening to the chirping of the birds and the gentle rustling of the trees.
Maybe, in this fast paced world, sometimes taking a step back and really taking in the stillness before tackling business is what we need. With that said, I would be glad to be your 'partner-in-crime' for this - so give me a call and we can go over all of this together. With a timmies, of course!