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summer/08

I just lost my job! These are the words which came out of Koen’s mouth and rang through my ears as I felt all color drain from my face.

We were living in Manitoba and really wanted to come back to Vancouver Island, where I did most of my growing up. Minus 30 winters were starting to take their toll on me. The Island is called the ‘tropics’ of Canada. Although I must mention that it’s far colder here than it use to be!

Koen managed to keep his work in Winnipeg and work from home in British Columbia. Recieving word that his contract would run out in September and not be renewed came as a huge shock.

We had just bought 3/4 acre with a 2800sqft house, an 800sqft guest house and 2 studio offices. This wasn’t just any place, this was a renovation nightmare with wonderful potential. Needless to say, this all came to a halt. We are lucky enough to have completed the one office and the guest house entirely.

We have four children and I stay home not only to keep them organized, but to raise our three year. Even if I had to go back to work, it would be nights. My youngest, Connor, is Anaphylactic to milk and I trust nobody with his life.

Well, I’m not just going to sit here and do nothing. With my husband not having luck finding a job, we scrambled to set him up in business. Like all new business, it takes time to grow. That’s the problem, we don’t have time. I don’t care if I scrub toilets, funny, I couldn’t even find a job doing that! I have never fallen in life, and it wasn’t about to start now.  

Looking for jobs in this town of 80,000 residents, I came to the understanding that people here don’t really work a lot of nights. Being a hairdesigner for 23 years, I thought I could easily pick up some night time hours in some ten dollar hair shop. Nope, they close at 6pm! Not that this was going to come close to replacing Koen’s salary.

Sitting on the internet, I started searching, for anything really. I came across a writing contest, which I entered. Okay, the prize was only 60.00, but I won it!
It’s not as much fun as I would have liked and I knew it wasn’t going to make me enough money, soon enough, so I pressed on. Searching for things I had never thought about before.

After all, I was never exactly main stream material. Thinking for a moment, what about making products? Someone has to do this, why not me? Strangely enough, it isn’t as easy as I thought to find a lot of information through the internet on this. Probably because at the time, I didn’t know where to start.

It’s not exactly a career choice which teachers show students in school. I came across a site that I could post a question to, wait a day or so, then someone would answer me back.
They might have well been speaking French to me. I didn’t know what on earth they were talking about.

This fella posted a link to another site one day, so I went and took a look. What a place! Loads of information I could read through and learn. I didn’t post for awhile. I didn’t need to. The existing posts took me days. Great thing was, that by the end of those few days, I had enough understanding to catch- on to what people were talking about.



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