I am not one to conform to what society expects of me; I am a dreamer by trait and I have been raised to make the most out of every situation that I am in… and let me tell you, I have found myself in some very interesting situations. I have been an ice-cream scooper, sports store cashier, horse trainer, nanny, carpenter, concrete wall former, high fashion model, actress, kung-fu ninja, a professional bra fitter (mortifying), managed a spa (never again), gallery owner, fuel attendant, and now a 797 haul truck operator… oh, and as of five years ago, we can throw ‘painter’ into that mix as well.
I haven’t been able to wrap my head around the concept of a straight line in life - high school to university to lifelong career- and then respectively - husband to house to kids to minivan to drinking problem. The idea absolutely terrified me, and I decided that instead of joining the masses, I would turn my line into a curving arc met with spirals and loops and boundless twists and turns. I vowed to myself that I would go wherever my heart carried me, and keep an open mind to every new possibility that presented itself.
My life has been a never ending rollercoaster of chasing dreams and ideas into the here and now. This fearless ability to burst through each and every open door with my heart racing and eyes wide in wonder is not something I was born with; far from it, actually. It’s just that I have been blessed with two incredible parents who have stood beside me through every curveball that life has thrown, who have picked me back up and dusted me off when I was knocked down, and who pushed me forward in the direction of my dreams no matter the cost. They have been selfless with all three of us kids, and it is because of their unwavering belief in each of our unique potential, that I have ended up where I am today.
I wouldn’t change a single thing about how I have gotten here, for every open door that I have walked through has led me to this beautiful life I am living. I wake up yearning to translate the world around me into brushstrokes, to breathe life into my landscapes and paint souls into my portraits; it’s the fuel to my every waking breath and my constant reminder that everything happens for a reason… that no matter where my unbeaten path may lead, I am always exactly where I am supposed to be…