By Guest Blogger Joanna Barcessat
I have always prided myself on being a strong, independent, courageous woman. It was the way I was raised. Or rather, it is the direct result of practically raising myself, with parents who were too busy “surviving,” to really pay attention. Either way, my two sisters and I only know from hard work and trudging along, and have all as a result, ended up fairly well off because of it.
We all started working at a very young age. I started at the age of 11 years old, delivering The Gazette newspaper on my street and babysitting in my neighborhood. I only stopped working for a short time in my life (4 ½ years to be exact) after I got married, when my doctor put me on bed rest for my second or third pregnancy (I lost count). Unfortunately, in the first few years of my marriage, I had several pregnancies that ended in miscarriage before I was blessed enough to go full term with my miracle son Louis, who is now 8 years old. I felt so grateful everyday to have him, that I didn’t want to go back to work until he was ready for full-time preschool at age 4.
After working as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor for many years, I finally found my calling. I dug up enough courage to get off the fence and take the plunge into unknown territory… business! Studying Naturopathy with my mentor Christian Limoges not only taught me the fundamentals of healthy living, but also to follow my dreams, and find the courage to make a change. I knew nothing about business, let alone how to balance a checkbook. Managing the household finances was even a challenge!