I am a mother. I am a daughter and I am a sister. I am a Warrior. I am an empath. I am a dog lover. I am addicted to making sense out of words. I am a storyteller, a writer. I believe we all have a story to share and when we find our courage to share, we find connection with others, my story is still being written. I am a homebody and feel most at home and at peace in my home. My home means everything to me and there’s nothing that brings me more joy than being at home, or welcoming loved ones into my home. I am a recovering perfectionist and loving hard, even when it’s hard is my superpower.
I’ve been to rock bottom but I allowed it to transform me into the woman I am today, one who embraces vulnerability and can do hard things. I’m a huge advocate of 8 hours sleep because I believe it gives us the chance to have more dreams to make come true. I’m a hopeless romantic, my favourite flowers are stargazers, my weakness is peanut butter and chocolate and my drink of choice is champagne, because I believe there is always something to celebrate. I love to cook and am my happiest when I am making magic happen in the kitchen. I was created to create. I love the water and the lessons it’s taught me: Be transparent, but deep. Cleansing. Life affirming. Refuse stagnation. Embrace your ever-changing nature. Find a way to flow through or around all obstacles of life. I love helping people and believe in kindness. I further believe in existing in such a way that leaves others with a beautiful story to tell.
I am also the founder and president of Balance InStyle. I inspire busy people to recognize and identify where they’re drowning in their own life. I believe that overwhelm messes with our productivity and our mental state. You know the saying – mountains out of molehills? Suddenly small-ish problems become huge. Because often when we’re in overwhelm, we’re worrying about things that haven’t even happened yet. We’re looking into the future and asking ourselves ‘how will I ever get it all done?’ You’re afraid of what you haven’t done, what needs to get done and how you will do it all. What a way to live! It’s unhealthy and self-sabotaging. Stop it!
Being a woman is hard at times and we have a ton of pressure on us to be everything to everyone, don’t we? We’re supposed to be the beauty, and the brains, the “girl boss”, the trophy wife, the taxi driver, the gourmet chef, the maid, the available best friend, the amazingly thoughtful daughter and the list just goes on and on. I don’t know where you’re at in life right now or if you’re personally facing any challenges but don’t we all have that thing, that nagging (fill in the blank) that constantly tries to overtake us? The one thing that brings us to our knees and cripples us.
I like to think of myself as a human geologist digging into the human experience and extracting nuggets of wisdom about what I’ve learned to help myself charter these vast oceans of human experience and the deep swells that come with being a sensitive being in a crazy world. I don’t think we reach a level of so-called “enlightenment” and boom all of our problems disappear with our pain…in fact, I feel the exact opposite – the more we feel into those emotions, the faster we can get in alignment with what feels good in our own hearts. The more in tune we are with our own hearts the further we can see on the horizon. As far as I’m concerned, this journey and process of unfolding never ends – and in a big way, I’m grateful for that.
Awards & Honours
I am a recipient of the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce New Business of the Year (2008) and a Top Forty Under 40 winner (2011). I’ve been recognized by WeddingWire with consecutive Bride’s Choice Awards (2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014). I’ve been featured in House & Home Magazine, Distinctive Women Magazine, Maclean’s, LCBO Food & Drink, Flare Magazine, Ottawa Magazine, The Ottawa Citizen (multiple times), and The Ottawa Business Journal (multiple times) and I am also a regular contributor on CTV. In the community, I’ve been formally recognized by the City of Ottawa as an Agent of Change for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation through my work with the 100-Man-Run initiative which raised over $125,000 for cancer research. In 2015, I was Knighted as a Dame into the Order of St. George. I’m a regular contributor on Medium, Linked In and posts daily on Instagram should you like to dive a little deeper into my world.