2008 started off as a challenging year for our family and has ended on a much better note. We had just moved to PEI from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia in September 2007 and then in March we started the process of moving to Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
My husband’s job was the reason for all the upheaval, which was hard enough in 2007, but to do it again months later was worse. The kids (ages 12, 9 & 8 years) really took this last move hard, but now that we are here in our old stomping grounds of Dartmouth things are much better.
If you had asked me this past January what I would be doing at the end of the year, I certainly would never have guessed that I would have my own business. A business that enables me to do the work I love, while still allowing me to be around for my kids when they are not in school! It’s my dream job!
Looking back, it was someone else who kick started me into it all, not only the VA business, but finding the government Self Employment Benefits (SEB) Program with CEED that has been helping me along the way. I remember thinking when she was talking about the program, that it wouldn’t work for me. However, that was her line of business, not mine. I must say she knew her stuff. If I hadn’t kept hearing her voice in my head, I wouldn’t have investigated it more and this program is helping me immensely as I start out in my first year of business. A hard year for any business.
This friend saw an article in a PEI newspaper and thought that I would be great at this type of work. She saw something in me that made her think I could do it. What did she do, cut out an article in the paper. Not much really, but when you look at what has happened because of this one little comment … Wow.
I am certain I would be doing something totally different if it had not been for one person taking a moment to think of me and cut out an article in the newspaper. A small act that changed my life, and that of my family.
I’ll bet if you asked her if she could have imagined all this coming from her words, she would answered no as well. Let this be a reminder to everyone that even small acts and gestures can have great repercussions. The next time you are thinking something good of someone, stop thinking and start acting. Tell them about it, you could change someone’s life entirely and not even realize it.
So … as this year of settling our family down after much ado; I feel I should take a minute and thank this person, publicly.
My thanks and gratefulness go out to, Lynn Connolly, of Charlottetown PEI. Lynn, you thought of me and your words have changed my life. I want you to know that I appreciate it very much.