I could write a book about my life (here's the irony in that statement).
I'm a marketer by heart and by day. I love everything about it because it allows me to use both the creative right side of my brain and the analytic/strategic left side. I have a think-outside-of-the-box mentality so the word I have chosen to do for a career is very fitting, particularly for my (crazy) personality.
Rewind to my childhood when I thought I was destined to be something else, but really I was meant to be something entirely different (thanks Dad, for always seeing the creative side in me and always encouraging me to keep an open mind and go for what I was meant to be).
That's what happened to me. I ended up taking a complete 180 with my life and I couldn't be happier. Both personally and professionally (oh and I, ummm, grew some balls along the way).
See, as a young girl, I was determined to be a surgeon. But not just a doctor. I cardiovascular surgeon (overachiever at its best, right?). I wanted to live in NYC in a brownstone walk up on the Upper East Side and date occasionally because really, where would one Superwoman find the time to be in a committed relationship with this amazing career I was going to have (insert jokes here)?
But life really does have a funny way of taking you in a direction that even I never thought possible. Things happen for a reason and when the timing is juuuuust right. So here we are.
I eventually became a marketer, met the love of my life online and I am now embarking on a move to none other than Grande Prairie, AB (for those of you who have no clue where this magical place is, I'll tell you what my dad tells others..."Edmonton's north of Calgary and Grande Prairie's north of Edmonton").
I quickly realized that my life started to reflect one of my favourite movies of all time Baby Boom, where the heroine JC Wyatt (played by Diane Keaton), was a powerful business consultant, with a corner office in NYC and cringed at the thought of raising a family, let alone even having one. Then, unexpectedly, she found herself inheriting then adopting her late cousins baby, moving to Vermont in a farm house and making baby apple sauce. Oh and she turned that into a thriving business. I mean, the comparisons are uncanny, give or take a few details.
I literally worked my way up the ladder from the mail room, to a receptionist then to an executive assistant to positions in junior then senior marketing management in several capacities. I've been fortunate enough to work with some great companies, marketing phenomenal brands and being a part of history, but exceptional cultures and teams. Industries from wine & spirits and advertising agencies to junk removal, hospitality and investment banking. I've done it all and I've marketed it all. In fact, I even got my old company on the side of a Starbucks cup once. All for free. Its the cheapest, most viral form of marketing I've ever accomplished and its something I'm extremely proud of.
Oh and then this little side business happened called The Smart Cookies. You're best to just click on the link, because thats a bit of a crazy (joyful) story in it of itself. 5 financially disastrous women + one money group + Oprah Winfrey = a recipe for success we didn't see coming.
It would be putting it mildly to say I was an over achiever. I was one of those girls who just always had a plan. I knew exactly where I wanted to be, what I wanted to be and knew how I was going to get there. I was definitely eager and a ball buster and always in a rush to get to the next phase of my life. I was a good kid with a bit of sass and a sharp tongue. If my friends wanted brutal honesty, I was the one to give it to them. I believe Bratface was a term used a lot by my folks, hence where I got the name for my marketing consultancy business.
Fast forward to 2016, I'm try to take things in stride, slow down when I can, put myself first and learn to embrace the good, the bad and the ugly with as much grace, gusto & class as possible. More importantly, I have something and someone else in my life that truly matters to me beyond a career, which has allowed me to slow down a bit, appreciate the small things in life, giving me the balance I clearly needed.
This person, Nathan, is the reason why I'm switching things up. So much so, that I've agreed to move up north to Grande Prairie, AB so start our life together. Gasp!
This is my new adventure and the point of starting this blog is completely selfish: its an outlet for me to share my new life up north. The good, the bad and the emotional....my experiences, and my life, while indulging in my love of food, cooking, interior design and life's unexpected experiences. Because I'm the first to admit, you can't plan everything.
I'm no blog expert and there will be no fancy, staged posts or photos here (ok, maybe occasionally) like the ones you've come to see from the plethora of "lifestyle bloggers" out there, but its my life and I'm truly excited to share it. With whomever is willing to listen and hopefully get a chuckle out of what's to come.