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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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My Journey to Entrepreneurship

Being a female entrepreneur and business owner in Toronto, I am often asked how I started my business – Vent Blow Dry Bar. As I try to give a quick response, I am often left thinking, there is so much more to it that I didn’t tell her and she needs to know!

So I’ve decided to start 2019 by telling my story, the story of how Vent Blow Dry Bar came to be part of Liberty Village and of how I changed my life.

Over the past couple of years I’ve noticed a significant increase in the number of women who dream of changing their lives and having their own business. Women, who like myself, have become tired of working for other people and are dreaming of something better. I’ve also observed the rise in entrepreneurship in Toronto and how many of them are women.

I am only part of the way into my journey but there is so much I have learned and experienced that I want to share. My hope is by sharing my journey it may help other women chase their dreams. It is never too late and never too soon. Through this blog, I will tell my entire story in the hopes it will resonate and inspire other women to take the first step.

But there are a few things I want to start off by sharing: I am not special. I don’t have a business degree from a recognized university, a rich uncle who gifted me a pile of money, a parent who left a hefty inheritance or a rich husband who financed my vision for that matter. This opportunity didn’t fall into my lap and I certainly didn’t just pay someone to do it for me. 

What I am is a mom to three amazing children, a wife to a very supportive husband. And I am a woman who in her early forties, decided that I was going to take control of my life. I was determined to live my best life by chasing my dreams of business ownership and realizing just what was possible – no matter the risks. I will share the ups and downs and everything in-between. My husband’s reaction when I first told him I wanted to leave my career and open a blow dry bar! And the impact all of it has had on myself and my family – good and bad.

I hope you will join me on this journey.

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