Today I am celebrating my 29th birthday! As I reflect on the last 29 years of my life, I can’t help but smile. I have come so far and through so many obstacles to get to where I am today.
I am the proud co-owner of two successful and thriving businesses, the loving dog momma of two insanely gorgeous ladies, a wife to the most amazing man on the planet, and a daughter to some pretty awesome parents and in-laws. I am completely surrounded by love and I give thanks for this every single day.
Those who know me well, know that I like to set a lot of goals for myself. I don’t always write every single one of them down and follow a set list, but I have many dreams and goals in my mind and I am constantly striving to reach them and once I have, I immediately set out to reach for the next one.
My constant goal setting reminds me of the funeral of my great uncle Glen when his son said that one of my uncle’s favourite quotes was: “What you do today is important, because you are exchanging a day of your life for it.” I try to keep this in mind daily. I want to make my days count because I don’t know how many of them I have left.
With each birthday, comes reflection. I usually find myself reflecting on previous years, previous goals and some days and on my birthday I remember the difficult times I have gone through. The truth is, as happy and successful as I seem today, this has not always been the case.
The reason I am where I am today is because I have constantly reminded myself that the only way to the top and to happiness is to get up, dust yourself off and keep going no matter what. As the brilliant Mathew McConaughey would say – just keep livin!
There have been times in my life when I wanted to quit or have said this is too hard.
There were the days when I was a sixteen-year-old girl in high school that felt incredibly alone and that would spend spare moments during school hiding in the bathroom to escape the constant name calling and bullying. I was the girl that would be afraid to speak up during class even if I knew the right answer, for fear of being called another name. I have been called every horrible name in the book.
On my sixteenth birthday a friend surprised me by decorating my locker with images of myself from various events and good times. I was so excited that this friend took the time to do this for me. Unfortunately half way through the day I discovered my locker had been vandalized, horns drawn on my pictures along with names, and a penny stuck onto the face of the locker door with a note.
I will never, and I mean never forget the way this made me feel.
Even though 13 years have passed I find it hard to shake some of the painful memories felt in high school and specifically on my sixteenth birthday. If it were not for such loving parents I may not have made it out of high school alive.
Through the painful times, somehow my sixteen-year-old self knew to keep going, to put my head down and improve my grades, apply to college, move to Toronto and show this world what I was made of. I knew that I could accomplish anything that I set out to do and that with time, I could move past that hateful and painful period into a happy and successful and loving life. I knew that I deserved a loving husband and would one day find him. I knew that I wanted to be self-employed from a young age and that I had what it took to be successful and push through.
Then came the days when I had to stay in Toronto, away from my family, to benefit my career. There were the days when I was working part time in the mall, while working full time for my business trying to get it up and running. Days spent working 16 hours, on weekends, through holidays and family events to ensure the success of our businesses. The days when I felt like I couldn’t see the growth or the success before my eyes.
BUT…As a result of always moving forward I got to experience the day I walked across the stage of my college graduation, the day that I was offered my first design job and then a lead design position in Toronto, the day when I made the decision to give up a career in a metropolitan city to move back to my hometown and fulfill my entrepreneurship dream. The day I met the love of my life and the night that we spent laying on the beach talking and him singing and playing guitar until the sun came up. The day I moved in with the love of my life. The day that we built our first home at the age of 23. The day we purchased all new furniture for our new home as a result of very hard work.
The day I married my best friend on September 26, 2009. The day we launched our second business. The day I purchased my first vehicle. The day we moved into our second custom built home and slept on the floor like we were faux camping because our bed had not arrived.
The day we adopted our second beloved fur baby. The day that I won young entrepreneur in 2011 and in 2013 won business leadership. The day that together with my husband/best friend/business partner, we hired our first, employee. And today, on my 29th birthday, the moment when we hired our fifth employee to add to our ever-growing business.
So today, on my 29th birthday, I can’t help but smile because I knew when I was sixteen, and I know now that I can accomplish anything that I set my mind to.
I can’t wait to see what the next year has in store and I am so very excited to keep working towards my new goals.
I can have the exact life that I dream about.
I can make anything happen and so can you!
All you need is the courage to dream and to just keep livin.