After going to university, college and working for a few years in public relations in Toronto, I moved back to my hometown of Ottawa and started my first business at the age of 26. I always knew I was meant to be an entrepreneur. I even remember my first job interview at a PR agency where the owner of the company asked me where I saw myself in five years and I told her I would be starting my own business. And I did! I was even honoured with an award as a Young Business Person of the Year from the Chamber of Commerce before I turned 30.
For almost eight years I ran my event and wedding planning company, Stellar Events, full time. It was an incredibly rewarding experience, especially when it came to weddings. I loved helping all of my amazing couples create the wedding of their dreams. Working with people to plan one of the most important days of their lives is a very special honour and something I will always cherish.
When I look back on my life so far, there are two major turning points that really altered the direction of my life. The first was when my godson was born. You see, he was born very sick and the doctors didn’t think he would actually live the week, let alone a year, with his condition. That really shook me and kind of stopped me in my tracks.
I remember a few days after he was born I had a wedding to coordinate and the bride was very concerned with the shade of roses for her bouquet; all I could think about was I may never get to meet my sweet godson. That he may pass away while I was trying to calm down a bride because of the colour of the flowers in her bouquet. From that day on I started to change and seek out a deeper understanding of life and meaning behind things we go through. It led me to the beginning of my personal spiritual journey.
I did get to meet my godson Nicholas and I am blessed to say that he is almost five years old today. He has been one of my biggest teachers in this life. Although he has gone through so much since he was born, he is one of the happiest souls I have ever met. He has the best smile and laugh in the entire world (I realize that I am biased, but it is true!) I am eternally grateful to be his godmommy and to have been able to spend so much time with him over the last few years. He has taught me to let go of what I can’t control and live in the moment. Life is precious and we never really know how long we have here. Nicholas changed who I am in such a profound way and made me appreciate everything that I have.
The second turning point in my life was being diagnosed with chronic illness. In 2015 I was diagnosed with two autoimmune system diseases: ulcerative colitis and crohn's disease. And at the beginning of 2016 I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, in addition to the other two illnesses. To say I struggled with my health would be an understatement! I had been suffering from chronic fatigue, pain and a very weak immune system for years however it was never enough to actually stop me from doing what I wanted to do. Most people would be surprised to hear that I had been struggling for so long because I was really good at hiding it, until it got so severe that I couldn’t hide how bad I was feeling anymore.
I ended up in the hospital a few times and underwent all types of testing and procedures. All things considered, I was pretty lucky to be diagnosed with everything within six months after ending up in the hospital for the first time. Once I was diagnosed and knew what I was dealing with, I was able to begin my self-care and healing journey.
People that know me, know that I am a happy person. I always have a smile on my face. Let me tell you though, my mindset has never been tested so much as it was in the first year of being diagnosed with these illnesses. Feeling achy muscles and joint pain, struggling with extreme fatigue and being nauseous every day for months on end eventually takes its toll on you mentally. It is hard to think of anything positive when you are overwhelmed with constant pain, and to know that there is no cure for what you have. It is an incredibly hard battle not to give up when you can’t see any hope. And the truth is when it comes to the mindset of dealing with chronic illness, it is an inside battle. Family and friends can be there to support you and help you through in many ways, but the mindset comes down to you.
Being diagnosed with chronic illness changed me and every aspect of my life, forever. It has challenged me in many ways but it has also made me grow and transform my life. I honestly feel like it has pushed me down the path that I was always meant to be on, but too scared to actually attempt.
It helped me bring into focus what is important to me in life, make self-care a priority, concentrate on doing what I love and to enjoy every moment. In the back of my mind I always knew I wanted to start an energy healing practice, write and do Arbonne. Before I got sick, I was too worried about what people may think about me if I did that. Now I know the most important thing is living my life to its fullest potential in an authentic way and I am excited to see how the rest of my journey unfolds.
This is my story.
I look forward to connecting with you, helping you create your own story and living an inspired life.