I didn’t have a particularly “normal” upbringing. For most of my childhood, my mother was battling breast cancer. I saw firsthand how she created dis-ease in her body through her mind. She passed away when I was 18.
I never felt like I fit in at school. I didn’t subscribe to the traditional vision of earning a steady paycheck, finding a husband, buying a home and starting a family. It was like everyone was on this conveyor belt of life and I had jumped off a long time ago.
Believing deep down I was made for more, I was inspired to create my own path; and I felt very alone in the process. I was always caught between two worlds, and I never found the place where I belonged.
Still, I went to university like I was supposed to and graduated from The University of Western Ontario and The Richard Ivey School of Business. I went on to climb the corporate ladder, ignoring the voice inside of me screaming, “THIS IS NOT FOR YOU!” Then one day I just quit – without a plan or a safety net.
The transition to building my own business was not a seamless one. I had many dark moments – times when I was battling depression and suicidal thoughts, struggling just to pay my mortgage and buy groceries.
Even when I looked like I had it all together on the outside, I was not showing up as my highest self on the inside.
There was a clear gap between what I knew to be true in my heart and the actions I was taking in my life. I was not the person I knew I was capable of becoming. And even though I had no idea what to do next, I was ready to make a change.
So I started what I now call my “Mental Olympics”. Every day, I spent two to four hours in meditation and working on mastering an abundance mindset and aligning with my dream life. When I finally had the mindset piece in place, I started working on the strategy to bring the same transformative results into my business.