October 23, 2022
Five years ago, I found myself in a state of crisis. But first, let me backtrack.
I have been married to the love of my life, Steve, since 2009, but together since 2007. Steve and I found each other later in life; both previously divorcees; and it was instant connection when we met. We found ourselves on the fast track program, because both of us knew, 'we had found our person'. I inherited two beautiful daughters, and we have a son together born in 2008 (~14 at the time of this post)
But back to the beginning.
Steve and I were busy living life, as married couples do, but in 2018, Steve went for some preventative testing due to a family history of heart disease. It was then, we suddenly found ourselves facing open heart surgery.
I know these surgeries are performed daily, but when it is 'your person', your world comes to a crashing halt. The thought of your person's heart completely stopped and outside of their body during surgery, instantly creates a flood of worry of the 'what ifs'.
Thankfully, Steve's surgery was successful, but post-op, we suddenly found ourselves in crisis.
Steve suffered major complications and after returning to ICU, I remember praying at his bedside, that if he pulled through, I would create a life of all the things I wanted to do, instead of letting fear hold me back. When you're faced head on with mortality, you suddenly realize that life is too short; to hold back on your dreams.
When Steve began to recover, I booked a trip to Greece for our 10 year vow renewal, remodelled the kitchen, resigned from my full-time job to pursue my life long dream of being an entrepreneur. And, I never looked back.
I have learned so much about myself during these past 3 years. It hasn't always been easy, and yes, there have been times I have had fear, but I conquer those thoughts in my head by looking forward; and putting in the work.
Most people think I make pretty products and take pretty photos, but the truth is, my core competency is branding & marketing. I graduated from Lakehead University, back in 1994 with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree in Marketing, Branding & Human Resources. So the truth is, I am finally being able to use my education for my own business, and I love it.
While I continue to experience growth in Say it with Stacey, since post covid restrictions, my hustle has been with my other business, Stacey Tarrant, Brand Strategist & Visual Storyteller.
I love helping others grow their businesses through effective brand strategy (and I just happen to be a great photographer too, lol) And when I am not fulfilling customer orders, I am also busy meeting families and their dogs taking portraits.
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So that's where I am at.
I am loving every minute of it.
The moral of this story is don't wait to pursue your dreams. Make them happen.
Surround yourself with talent and get the professional help you need in whatever aspect you need it. I've hired experts to help me grow too. We need to rely on the specialities of others to experience true growth, it is why the have invested in years of education and financial commitment to help others in their area of expertise.
Need help with the products or services I offer?
Reach out, I am here for you. Always.