Leaving the 9-5 for the 24/7.

My leap into entrepreneurship.

I often get asked, why after so many years did I decide to take the leap of faith into entrepreneurship. I mean after all I was approaching 40, my husband and I had busy careers, three kids to provide for and for those on the outside looking in, we had a good thing going. And we did.

I am your stereotypical A-type personality. Very goal driven, thrive on being busy, a little feisty and I love to be challenged. I believe that in a nutshell it comes down to the simple fact that I was suffocating in the predictability of my life. My life prior to meeting my husband was anything but predictable, in fact, it was a whole lot of chaos. Perhaps that is why I don’t do well with chill? Alas, that is an entire blog onto itself that I will reserve for a later date.

Having a demanding career, being a wife and mom to three kids definitely provided sufficient challenges, but I couldn’t help but feel as though I was on autopilot. I was going through the motions of life, work, extracurricular actives etc. Through the process, I was becoming very cynical and jaded towards all of it. While becoming a mother has been life’s greatest gift, I began feeling as though I was losing my identity, putting my passions on the back burner.

As my kids grew older naturally they became less dependent, which ultimately as a parent is what we want, to raise independent, strong humans. Among the many phases of parenthood, this one can really hit hard. Time was going by at a light speed rate, my babies were no longer babies and as a result, they grew and needed me less. Although this was a devastating realization, it was also an opportunity to refocus on myself and through that set a valuable example for my kids.

Life doesn’t happen to you, it happens through you.

I believe wholeheartedly in the saying – life doesn’t happen to you, it happens through you. Everything I had experienced in my life up to that point was part of my journey. There were hard lessons and experiences that made me who I am today and without them, I don’t know that I would be doing what I’m doing. For some, the courage to leap came early. For me, it came as I approached my 40th birthday. Friends joke that it was a mid-life crisis, but truthfully I think it was just my time, I was ready.

It was important that I create the life I craved, I wanted to set an example for my kids that it is never too late to follow a dream or passion. Ultimately, my biggest fear was living with the regret of not trying. For the first time in what felt like an eternity I was bursting with excitement!

I always had a passion for hair …

I had a few ideas over the years, but there was one that just kept persisting. I always had a passion for hair and being cursed with a head full of frizz that took more time than I care to admit to manage, I began to envision a place where women could go to unwind and have their hair blown out. But not just any place, a place that had a unique vibe that was welcoming to all women, no matter their hair type, their title or their economic status. An affordable luxury that is accessible to every woman. This is a place that I needed in my life because let’s face it, you are in one of thee camps when it comes to doing your hair – you don’t know how, you hate doing it or are like me and you don’t have the time.

So I had the desire for more, the pie in the sky vision, but there was one giant missing piece – sharing this with my husband! Now it is important to state, my husband is for the most part risk averse, in fact, he works in Risk Management and his job is to assess and avoid risk. But on the other side of the coin, my husband is also my biggest supporter. We are 50/50 partners all the way and I knew that if I could do the work and show him the vision, he would support me.

Fast forward, he was behind me all the way and equally excited to start the planning process! Although he could see the value a place like this could have, he needed to see and understand my vision. Although hair salons are all over Toronto, a place like I envisioned didn’t exist, so we booked some flights and headed for NYC!

To be continued ….

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