I live in Creston, British Columbia, Canada (the most beautiful place on earth). I'm the mother of two beautiful girls. I'm the owner of a graphic design and print shop. I teach art classes for kids. And most importantly, I am an artist. I love making stuff. I love creating. But this has not always been my life...
I remember reading this poem and feeling like it was written for me. I remember feeling like I would never get over it. Never move on. I remember feeling like my whole world had crumbled and that I would never be able to pick up all the pieces. I remember feeling like the cloud in my heart would never lift.
My husband was taken from me when I was 30. He was killed on his motorcycle. My kids were 3 and 5 at the time and aside from it being the single most tragic thing to ever happen to me, it also forced me to evaluate my life. It made me question the things that made up who I was. I was a creative person, yet I wasn't doing anything creative. I loved art, yet, I hadn't made any in years. Because of what happened to my husband, I realized that my life could end at any moment, without warning. I realized how precious life really was. It was a tragedy, but also a gift. From then on, I made a vow to myself to not only live my life, but to start living the life I always imagined.
I fought it for a long time but I finally became ready to find love again. And let me tell you, I found an amazing man. I think partly because I did "the work" and I knew exactly what I was looking for. He's perfect for me, in every way. So perfect, that I sang him a song with my girls along my side... the song was called Marry Me... and I asked him to marry me in front of 50 of our closest friends...
And thankfully, he said YES! Phew! His name is Grady and I thank my lucky stars every day that I found him. He supports me and my art more than anyone else in this world and it's because of him, that I am able to do a lot of what I do. My advice to anyone out there that has a supportive man, KEEP HIM!
My kids. Well, what can I say. They're amazing. They are beautiful and charismatic. One is a drama queen and the other one is quiet and shy (with a killer sense of humour). They are both super kind and artistic and creative. I know, I know, what more could I ask for?
And business... well, it's busy. I own a graphic design and print shop (Imagine Ink) and also a coffee bar and gift shop (Creative Fix). Teaching Art Classes for Kids keep me on my toes, and I also keep busy with my blog and art. I'm always looking for ways to be less busy but can never imagine not doing any of these things because I love them all equally.
I look back to when my husband was taken six years ago and find it hard to believe that the person back then was even me. I've grown so much since then it's incredible. I feel lucky every day to be where I'm at and I believe that life is truly what you choose it to be.
Feel free to dig through the archives here on my blog to get to know more about me and my life. It's both my struggles and my successes that have made me who I am today. Thanks for visiting, and I hope you will find some inspiration along the way!