What do you want to be when you grow up? That seems to be the number one question youths get asked and it’s for sure on everyone’s mind when they’re growing up. When I was little I honestly had no idea what I wanted out of life, yet alone what I wanted to do for a career. For a girl growing up in the 90’s, the career paths were limited. Teachers, nurses, lawyers, accountants and, of course, mothers, seemed to be at the top of the list. From a young age, I knew I wanted to work for myself. I didn’t take direction very well, (blame the only child in me), but the thought of working for someone else was never in the cards.
When I was in elementary school, I had a series of babysitting jobs and would set up local lemonade stands in the summer. Besides growing a strong work ethic, it also taught me I didn’t enjoy being around children hehe. I loved working and earning my own money, so I could spend my entire paycheck on clothes, but I knew I could offer so much more. Fast-forward to high school, and I got my first “real” job at KFC. This was even before I was the legal age to work. I was working a minimum of 30 hours a week, while still maintaining straight A’s. By grade 12 I was bored and looking for a challenge. I ended up getting another job at Wal Mart, while balancing both school and almost full-time at KFC. Can someone say workaholic? By my early 20’s, I was bored yet again and knew I had to find something more challenging. I also realized that I could no longer work for a large company and have a boss. I quit both jobs and started my own business.
In 2003, Purseaholics was born. I was hosting home parties and selling designer handbags to women across Ontario. Within a few years, the business was booming and I knew I wanted more. I wanted to grow quickly, before someone else came along and stole my idea. I hired 6 consultants, spread out all over Canada, and continued with that business for 6 years. By mid-2008, the home party industry was dying. The recession had just hit Canada and people were losing their jobs. No one had money to pay for rent, let alone a new handbag. Everyone was getting second and third jobs to stay afloat, which means they also didn’t have the time to entertain. I knew I had to quickly find another career path.
English was never my strongest subject in school, yet I had a creative mind, and was always looking to voice my opinions. I thought something in the writing field would keep me entertained. By late 2000’s online magazines were becoming extremely popular, but I knew being a fancy editor for a magazine was out, so I started a blog. It would source as a creative outlet for me to explore the world of fashion and share it with like-minded individuals. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought it would be where it’s at today. I have a strong interest in the fashion industry, have a passion for future trends, and something personal and unique to say on the daily. Needless to say, I’ve found my dream job.