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Second Acts and Leaps of Faith

In high school, I knew what I wanted to be… a paralegal. I never wanted to be a lawyer (even though I’ve been told I’d make a good one), I just wanted to be the person behind the lawyer.

I got sidetracked by marriage, motherhood and all the things that come along with trying to find your level when things don’t go quite the way you planned. But 10 years out of high school, a lawyer took a chance on me – despite the fact that I had ZERO legal background. Being at the front of a courtroom terrified the shit out of me, but making sure that the person who was, was prepared and had everything they needed to do their job well, lit me up like a Christmas tree. I loved it. I got to meet and work with some truly amazing people, make a difference in peoples’ lives and feel like what I did mattered. I am really proud of the paralegal I managed to become.

And then, things changed around me. Because that’s what life does, and you have flex and flow and adapt. I feel like I did pretty well, overall ..… until I didn’t anymore. The profession that had fed my soul started sucking it dry. It no long

er held the appeal or purpose it once had. I felt less and less like I was making a difference. Burn out snuck up on me …. and then it beat me over the head.

In April of 2018, a very dear friend introduced me to fused glass. It was a girls’ day out at a local open art studio. I’m not entirely sure how wise it was for her to introduce the frenetic mess that I was to an art form dedicated to broken glass, but she did. I was in a really dark place and struggling to find a path forward. I will be forever in her debt for saving my soul. (Yes, I recognize how over-dramatic that sounds, but it is a bone deep belief that broken glass saved me, so you’ll just have to accept that and move on.)

On December 30, 2022, I officially closed the door on a 21-year career. Not only did I leave my career, I left a 16-year employer and mostly really damn fine people - some of the very best I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with and for.

And now here I am, leaping into a second act with the faith, support and encouragement of My Favourite Guy (without him, this would not be possible). I’m not gonna lie, it’s a bit terrifying. But also – EXHILERATING…

Thank you for joining me and supporting this new journey of mine!

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