“How wrong is it for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself?” ― Anaïs Nin
As modern day women we’ve grown up not fully trusting our instincts and our voices. We’ve all had self-doubts, fears about not being “good enough” or of disappointing people with our decisions. But we’re living in a time where we’re finally able to start voicing our ideas and opinions and being celebrated for them. My goal is to empower every woman to feel like they can say or do or be or have anything they want in life.
For the past 3 years I have owned and operated Small Business Marketing Solutions, a marketing communications firm based out of Timmins, Ontario. I love helping small business owners get the most out of their marketing dollars to create effective marketing strategies unique to their own businesses. But I’ve always had a burning desire to help women, to empower them to see the potential that lies within them. When I’m working with a business client, I dig deep into the company’s strengths and weaknesses, identify any untapped opportunities and prepare them to handle any threats to their business.
Not long ago, it suddenly dawned on me that those same principles can be applied to your life as well. So, to test out my theory, I devised a “life plan” based on the same ideas I use in my marketing plans. And so, Taking Charge of Your Life was born. Then, I took the “life plan” and proceeded to go through every step as if I had never done it before. The results have been incredible.
For many years I suffered from anxiety and some pretty intense panic attacks. I spent numerous hours in the doctor's office trying to explain what it was that I was feeling. I felt like I was walking around in a fog, just going through the motions of life but not really living. My doctor prescribed different medications to help with focus, to help me sleep, to curb the anxious, jittery feeling. But I'll be honest with you. I'm a real chicken-shit when it comes to swallowing pills. But I took them anyway hoping to feel "better". The way I now approach life has been life changing. I no longer have any anxiety and it's been a really long time since I've had a panic attack.
When I first opened by marketing firm, I quickly realized that there are thousands of marketing firms in the country but not one single firm had a clear understanding of the north. Not one single marketing firm in the country paid much attention to northern, rural, small businesses. Well, guess what? I live and work in the north and have for most of my life. My thinking is that just because you choose to live outside an urban centre, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have the support you need. So, Small Business Marketing Solutions is focused on northern, rural, Canadian businesses.
My personal life coaching is based on the same premise. I don’t care how far off the beaten path you may be. You still deserve to have the life you’ve only ever dreamed for yourself, and you should have the tools, resources, and support to make it happen.
My promise to you is that I will do everything in my power to encourage you, support you, and guide you into developing a solid plan of action to have the life you want. This is your life, not anybody else's. So, take charge of it!