As I left off in Part 2. I got started on my business plan right away and by September I was working full-time helping several different women with their small businesses. One of my projects was to help my sister Shawna Barker on her business Synergy Nutrition. We were creating online health programs and I got to learn how much fun (and how much work) it is to make a video series. It was an exciting time and I loved helping her transform her brand image.
It was also the first time I really paid proper attention to my sister's wealth of knowledge. I always knew she was a nutritional genius but I thought there was no way I could ever eat like her ––the thought of being vegan seemed far too difficult.
During the filming of the program, I learned about and got to taste all the delicious recipes that she was demonstrating. I was surprised by how easy it was to eat this way and I became addicted to all the new flavours of food I was experiencing and how amazing it made me feel. Previously I had been a pretty big meat eater… but by the end of the program, I was fully vegan! At this point it was just for the great taste and high energy it gave me. I had yet to dive into the deeper reasons behind veganism (I will save that for another post).
Honestly, I don’t think I would have had the energy to do everything without the change in my diet and without Shawna's guidance.
Going vegan has given me such a big boost in confidence, self-love, and clarity for my mission. I've discovered a whole new community of wonderful people who also care deeply for the planet and are passionate about creating change. After going through this transition, I feel an even stronger bond with my friends and partner, who have not only supported my decision to go vegan, but also made changes in their diet as well (a few friends went fully vegan with me!Yay!).
Shortly after my change to a vegan lifestyle, I launched my website and jumped on the roller-coaster ride of self-employment. I’ve always been a very private person, so for me the biggest challenge was allowing myself to become vulnerable. Knowing that the things I do or say aren’t going to be perfect and having the courage to not let it stop me from starting. I’m not striving for perfection, I’m striving for progress, substance, and to have a positive impact on the world and those around me whether it be big or small.
I wanted to share my Quarter-Life Breakthrough story so that other young women who may be experiencing their quarter-life struggles or are feeling lost, can see how in one year, so much can change and that they don't have to go through it alone. I can't imagine going through all the changes I've had without the love and guidance of my friends and family.
If you can relate to my story, I want you to know there is nothing wrong with asking for help and that you have what it takes to launch your own business (if that's what you truly want), and you will be blown away by how many people out there are waiting to love and support you. Every successful person has had the help of others and it's a beautiful way to share who you are and inspire others to do the same.
If you feel like you don't fit into the current job system and dream of starting your own ethical business then that is a good thing! It means you want to create your own path, design your own kind of success and have a positive impact on the world.
With all that said, I’m really excited for the things to come this year and look forward to working with more incredible young women who are passionate about starting something new for themselves and who want to make the world a better place in the process.