Let’s start with my story of how my passion about health and wealth got started. As a kid I was very observant. My parents gave me what they could. They prioritized providing me education and a fulfilling life. As a family of four, we were blessed to have extracurricular activities such as dance, piano, skating and swimming….at least those are the ones I can remember. However, my father was frugal with money and my mom had the personality of the life of the party. I took to my father’s personality. If he wanted a kiss I wouldn’t allow it, but once he offered money, pop’s got his kiss from his daughter.
I thought the world of my father, he could do no wrong. He was the man to give my mom whatever she wanted, his kids whatever they wanted, but it came at a huge sacrifice; his time. I knew this wasn’t the life for me. I decided to work hard like him, but to always look for a means to make money work for me. I always knew I was a hard worker, but I didn’t know what my passion was. As a kid, you think you know everything and money comes easy providing you make smart decisions. I was a stellar student, which confused me as to what I wanted to do as a career. I was thinking journalist, lawyer, veterinarian, pianist, but I always had a reason why I couldn’t become those things.
Lucky for me, I have an amazing Aunt who’s a Certified General Accountant, who I look up to and absolutely adore. I tried to follow in her footsteps and thought I was going to be an Accountant. However, in my first office job as reception/accounts payable I realized I felt tunneled, trapped and bored. My inner voice was nagging at me, telling me I am not living up to my full potential. Blessings come in many shapes and sizes, I was fortunate the Director of Operations and Director of Sales took me under their wing and grew my knowledge in ways I couldn’t imagine. They promoted me to a title that I don’t recall, but I was exposed to working with multiple departments, project planning with high-end clients, I was on a high and the sky was the limit. Unfortunately, 2007 recession came along, and I lost my dream job, or what I thought was my dream job. After that, I couldn’t find anything that gave me the same satisfaction. In and out of jobs, disappointment after disappointment I never gave up on financial freedom.
While I was going through my trials and tribulations from one job to the other, I went through a marriage breakdown. I was with him for 13 years. I thought he was the love of my life, but everything happens for a reason, even if we don’t see it at the time. I will write another blog about the ugly story of what my divorce cost me…..it isn’t pretty. Needless to say, I was scared about surviving on my own, I went into survival mode, looking for part-time jobs, looking to start a business, but I had no clue where to start. I was always attracted to real estate; the opportunity came up where I asked a realtor about getting my real estate license. He suggested going for my mortgage license instead, get my financial stability and then go for it. For the minimal cost to gain my mortgage license, I took his advice and went for it. I am a licensed Ontario Mortgage Agent and LOVING IT! It’s my passion to help people, watch families get homes, watch people consolidate their debts, I love being part of the client’s story. I found my means to love work and make money.