img_8101  First week into January and I’ve  given a lot of thought about business, career, where do I see myself growing. Back in December I even considered dropping off social media altogether as I was feeling bad about myself and feeling overwhelmed with all the shopping stories I was being inundated with. After a talk with a friend/colleague I decided instead of jumping off this social media bandwagon, I would clean house and change the way I’ve been using it.

A little about me- I’m an introvert by nature and very selective about  who I let into my personal life. But here I was following these accounts whose message wasn’t helpful to me and only following because they were popular. The question I had to ask myself was why? Why was I allowing these accounts to inadvertently making me feel bad about myself- my lack of followers, my lack of projects that I’m able to churn out, my lack of $ to purchase all these items that I was being told I had to have, these  feelings of not being good enough …and the list goes on.

We all spend so much time on our phones and social media and it was beginning to have a negative impact on me. So I did some soul searching and realized that I’m really guarded on Social media and really don’t share the real me. But listen, we’ve been taught in school, career classes, etc that you don’t write as you talk and we must act professional, etc. Right? Last night I listened to @jamiemswanson podcast personal brand journey and this was her message and it resonated with me. Now this lady has thousands of followers, a team to assist and has had launches in the $200,000 market so at first I was thinking what in the heck am I doing listening to this lady? I mean I’ve been at this for years and I struggle to maintain 440 followers, I’ve never generated business from Instagram so what am I doing? But that one statement about being more personal, write as I would talk to a friend over a cup of tea, do the opposite of what I’ve been taught and what I used to teach myself to students.

That’s what I’m going to do.

Before Christmas break, I started making some notes on the kind of business I wanted to pursue for myself. I’ve researched some options, I even wrote my CV (it’s been 13 years since I’ve done that), I’ve reached out to businesses and clients I’ve worked for in the past for references and testimonials and I even opened up my e-design service which I only offered once last year. I’m hoping that these small changes will have a big impact. I am going to actively pursue  a position that I would enjoy doing and have always wanted and not let defeat get me down when I go knocking on that first door.

And if I’m going to be on my phone than it’s going to be listening to podcasts like @Jamiemswanson and others like her that can help me grow rather than just listlessly scrolling and wasting time. Because the truth is, we all have busy lives, families that demand our time and we all have the same 24 hours in a day but it’s what we do in those few moments that we have to ourselves that I’m going to spend pursuing MY goals.


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New beginnings

It’s March 1st and that means spring is just around the corner. Spring is all about new beginnings. To kick off the spring season, I am offering up my mood board service as well as my e-design service to five clients this month. To get started, you can email me at Continue reading

Moving on……

FullSizeRender 2A month ago this past weekend, my husband and I arrived in Sundre, Alberta. We traveled from Nova Scotia to Alberta in four days and we haven’t stopped for a breath since we arrived.

Being entrepreneurs, it was imperative that one of us got our businesses up and running as soon as possible. My husband is a registered Acupuncturist and has been the primary income earner. I am happy to announce that  he is just a couple of weeks away from opening his new clinic space right here on the acreage. I will post more about the design of his clinic once it is completed.

When we decided to move, I wasn’t sure how or what my business would like in this new place. In the ten years of living in Nova Scotia, my business grew to what it was by word of mouth. Primarily, I have always been at home with our two children and I am solely responsible for home educating them. The question I asked myself did I have the heart to start over?

After a lot of soul searching, I’ve decided for now, my main focus will be our children as they enter their tween/teen years. This move has also been a huge transition for them and they are my number 1 priority.

However, I am at my best when I am creating whether that be a DIY project or designing a client space. Before I was a professional Interior Decorator, I was an adult educator. I’ve decided to go back to my roots and beginning in the spring, I will teach DIY workshops at my studio space that will also be here at the acreage.


I will continue to offer my e-design service as I will always love my design work. You can click the link to learn more about how my e-design can work for you.

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To keep abreast of what will be happening at Bear Hill Studio, I encourage you to follow along via Instagram or Facebook.

My dream living room

In my  home, I am all about comfort, cosy and function with a hit of style. I tend to gravitate towards clean lines and classic pieces.  Throughout my home, you will find neutral wall colors paired with neutral furniture pieces.

It may come as a surprise that when I pulled together pieces for my dream living room that I combined some high end with some lower end items. Because even in my dreams, this girl has a budget.  Continue reading