Hope and Despair

I love my business, I fought hard to be where I am, I believe in what I do, to me…this is personal!

I am the youngest of 4 girls, my sisters are 7, 10 and 12 years older than me. I have repeated my mother’s legacy and have 4 children of my own, and even included an age gap. As of today my kids are aged 6, 8, 17 and 20.
So often I hear, ” wow, that’s quite the age gap”. My answer is always the same, I’ve been blessed in my life to have had 2 marriages.
I didn’t always feel that way. At the time I felt like I had got a giant red D stamped on my journal of life. Divorce = fail. I was 27, hadn’t completed my grade 12, had been a stay at home mom for 6 years and had no paying job. ( mothering is far harder as you know then going to a paying job) I remember being asked by my ex-husbands friend, ” are you sure you want to do this? You are a single uneducated mother of 2, you have no job!” Those comments hurt deeply, but they also fueled the fire of determination that was brewing inside me.

I got a job that same month. I also collected a single welfare check to help me through my first 2 weeks. I sobbed at her desk and said I would try not to be back. I could not raise my chin and wondered how I was going to do it. That same week I went to the UBC resource for women. I needed help for my journey! I applied for rent reduction at my co-op and got daycare subsidy. I remember the last work interview question: Are you okay with 27? In my head I was thinking…$27 an hour…OMG… Oh dear, it was 27k per year.

During my job I finished high school and attended college. I graduated with 86.6% from the West Coast College of Massage and in 2009 I was accepted into Ottawa U with honours and could start 2nd year of the nursing degree program.

We all go through a time in our life where we are not proud of our actions or decisions. We all go through times of hope and despair. We all have a fire that burns deep within us. My clinic is more than just a massage clinic to me. It is my dream come true.