I was born in a small Canadian town in southern Ontario, an hour east of Toronto. The CN Tower hadn’t been built yet! Bowmanville was such a quaint town, that we either knew everyone or were related to them.
I grew up out in the country on a few acres of land and walked 2 miles each way to school…no school buses! Being a small town country girl, I was lucky to feel ‘free as a bird’ on our farm, running and playing in the vegetable gardens, jumping off of ‘The Honey Bridge’ into the nearby creek and swimming all day in the hot and humid summer weather.
I have 1 older sister Dayle and always wanted a brother. I became ‘the tomboy.’
My parents were both from large families, so I had a lot of cousins, aunts and uncles. We always had a ‘big’ Sunday dinner. Family visited on Sundays and I can remember my Uncle George giving me a shiny silver ‘quarter’ every time he came to our house. That quarter was a BIG deal to me!
My First Lesson in Public Service…
Every winter, my Dad and I would plan our huge summer vegetable gardens and order seeds from the national seed catalogue. I was thrilled when our order came into the local Post Office. Opening the box was even more exciting! Each summer, we planted, nurtured, watered and hoed our thriving gardens. Seeds turned into sprouts, then leaves, then small vegetables and finally into crops, ready to be handpicked.
Since we were just 4 people in my immediate family, my Dad taught me to collect and place fresh vegetables out onto wooden tables at the end of our driveway EVERY single day. “Make sure the tables are full!” he’d tell me. What my Mom, Marg and I didn’t preserve or ‘do down,’ because of the sheer abundance, was free for the taking by passersby.
Times were tough when I was young, people needed to eat and rather than complain about having gone through, “The Great Depression” when he was a boy my Dad, Clary taught me about public service.
The message was to find something that needed to be done and do something about it.
The vegetable tables were always empty by late evenings, except for the hand painted FREE sign! When I sat down to eat fresh veggies at the table, I knew many other families were, too.
Working Toward my First Career…
I always just ‘knew’ that I wanted to be a Registered Nurse. Even though my sister would laugh at me for making and wearing paper nurses caps on my head as a kid, it taught me a VERY valuable life lesson. Visualize, be Persistent and be True to yourself! I guess you could say, “I was Country, before Country was Kewl.”
Well, I did go on to graduate as a Registered Nurse from Oshawa General Hospital School of Nursing. I was trained, “kickin’ it old school…British Style.” There hasn’t been one shift as a Reg.N. that I haven’t been grateful for the training that I received.
I’ve had a wonderful nursing career. This picture of earning my first official plain white cap at my Nurses Capping Ceremony at age 17, is lovingly dedicated to my sister, Dayle. This one wasn’t made from cut out paper!
Yes, we had a great giggle together during the Nurses Tea.
Marriage, Motherhood & Personal Loss…
Marriage followed after graduating from Nursing. Even though the styles have changed, I took 6 months to meticulously design, create and hand stitch every piece of woven ribbon, appliques and pearl buttons onto my satin gown and flowing train.
I was so proud to be given away by my Dad, Clary. I carried a simple bouquet of flowers that my Dad had planned, planted and grown for me especially for our wedding.
The first year of marriage flew by and we soon found ourselves celebrating our 1st Anniversary. The first year level of frozen wedding cake came out of the freezer for a wonderful Anniversary party!
Tragically, I lost my Dad 2 months later, finding out we were going to be parents in the next year. Our firstborn Ryan, brought back extreme joy to my heart.
The name Ryan, means King, my maiden name.
A year later, I was expecting our daughter, Laura, but we lost her Dad before she was born.
The End of Innocence…
The only way that I could handle my loss, was to leave my naivety behind and ‘grow a very strong’ backbone.
I had two babies who needed a very strong mother, who had no other choice than to live a life of happiness, joy and love. And fond memories.
So, I worked hard, mothered with all of my heart and before I knew it, in a few years, I had become the woman I was meant to be.
Within heartbreak, lies a seed of strength and a new and different path.
Before You Know It…
Time flies by as you are living your life! One minute you’re in your 20′s and before you can snap your fingers, you’re looking at retirement!
Where and how did the time go by so quickly? The eternal question, asked by so many people.
Life brings rewards to those who keep a positive mental attitude, dust themselves off, get up and keep going when they have been knocked down.
Reap What you Sow…
Today, I look back on my life and am very happy and blessed for all that it has been to me. Yes, tears were shed, but life does go on even without us.
So, I am appreciative of all of my wonderful opportunities and life experiences and I am now in the perfect place to learn something new, innovative, fun and rewarding. New friends, new experiences, new circumstances.
I have been looking for a long time for just the right opportunity to come along. I am ready to help not only myself, but to help others in their quest for a better life.
Not just financially, but rewarding and enriching in their souls.
Bring it on…
Physically, mentally and professionally, I am absolutely ready to enter a new and extremely exciting phase in my life.
I am so thrilled that I have finally found it in Internet Marketing! I believe in, “Time is the Wisest Counsellor” so much, that it is on my screen saver…
This IS the right time!
My New Calling…
Throughout “My Story…” I have been extremely open and honest, so that I could allow anyone, insight into my strength, tenacity and intelligence.
I have a true desire to live my life on a bigger, grander and luxuriously rewarding scale, to learn what I don’t know, to find out what I need to know.
In my search, I have been fortunate to have found extremely successful mentors in Internet Marketing who are teaching me everything that I need to know and do to achieve success like theirs, providing their selfless, professional experience and knowledge, every step of the way.
By them teaching me, I will in turn, be able to teach you, too.
A New Opportunity…
Please contact me, I would love to hear from you! We can have a chat together real soon…
Collectively, we will all be stronger together, than standing alone ;)