I was born in 1962. My dad worked as an executive and my mom stayed at home with the kids. All very Mad Men-esque. I grew up middle class and very sheltered from the outside world.
I can vividly remember back to my junior year in high school and all of the excitement my classmates were experiencing as they started to think about what college or university they would be attending.
Strange but I wasn’t caught up in any of that happy energy because quite honestly, the world outside of my neat and tidy home was still a giant mystery to me.
I can also remember having the conversation with my parents about college. I was the oldest of three, the only girl. As I broached the subject of higher education one night at dinner my parents looked quizzically at me and then at each other. “What do you mean exactly?” My mom questioned back. I announced (again) that I wanted to go to college. For what I wasn’t sure, but I knew I really needed to go.
My father cut the conversation short, like he always did. “You can be either a nurse or a secretary. Those are your options.” Needless to say there was silence and I left the table dreams dashed and completely deflated.
A nurse or a secretary. I didn’t want to be either. Not that there’s anything wrong with either of those professions, they just weren’t for me. Apparently however, that was my only ticket to schooling of any kind after high school. I was disappointed, angry and really, really sad.
Fast forward to my life now. I’m proud to say I’ve experienced a myriad of careers that I’ve enjoyed and achieved some measure of success at. I’ve been a commercial photographer working in the advertising industry, I’ve owned and trained animals for an animal talent agency in Boston called Animals, Animals. I worked on movies, television shows and still photo shoots. I’ve been a human and equine massage therapist and I have written and completed three screen plays.
Even though I can look back and understand why my dad was the way he was, that controlling and unsupportive mind set still stings. So much so that I made sure to raise my children, especially the girls, thinking and believing they could be ANYTHING they wanted to be. They had the gift of free will and the freedom this country affords everyone, men and women, to be able to choose a career where they could feel happy, fulfilled and important.
I’m still trying to figure out what I want to be when I “grow up.” There are so many amazing things I have yet to try. Starting this business with Danielle and Scott was just another notch in my well-worn belt of life.
I wake up every day happy to be alive, happy to be a US citizen and happy to be able to make my own decisions about who I am and where I’m going. The road of life is a never ending one. I can’t wait to see where it leads me today.