Business, Work life

Claire Matthews

June 8, 2016
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Meet-at-Entrepreneur

I’m now into the third month of running my own business.  The time is flying by and I don’t feel as though there are enough hours in each day! I am really enjoying this new entrepreneur life and am finding it more challenging than any other job I’ve ever had.  I’m learning about putting yourself out there, and while I do this for clients, it’s much harder to do for yourself.  I’ve been busy networking, meeting with other entrepreneurs, and selling myself!  In addition to all this, because I’m working from home, there’s a whole new balance between home and job that I am learning about – more to come on that another day!

Today I am interviewing my good friend Claire Matthews for my Female Entrepreneur series.  I’ve known Claire for over a decade now and in that time, she got married, had two kids, started her own business, separated from her husband (also our good friend!), and became one of the top yoga instructors in the Grimsby-Niagara area.  Claire was our co-MC at our wedding and tells it like it is.  That’s one of the things that I love about her.  She’s strong and fiercely independent and runs her yoga studios (yes, there are two) as if she’s done it all her life.  Claire is someone who knows how to put herself out there.  Today, we’re talking about yoga for kids and how she turned her passion into her career.

Kelly:  Was yoga something you have always done?

Claire: I began yoga about 12 years ago because it was trendy and available close to where I lived. The classes were enjoyable at first, but about 4 classes in, the magic of it all really hit me. I had been coping with chronic neck pain from a car accident from many years earlier. The advice of my doctor and physiotherapist at the time, was to ‘find a way to cope’.  I just accepted the pain for a long time, until that 4th yoga class when the daily pain began to dissipate. I have done yoga non-stop ever since.
Claire Matthews 2Kelly: Tell me about the turning point for you when you decided to go from teaching yoga in your basement to opening your first studio? Continue Reading…

Cottage life

Cottage Season!

May 31, 2016
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My favourite time of year has arrived!!

We are looking forward to another season at my husband’s family cottage on the Bay of Quinte.  As most of you know, this place is my “happy place”.  It’s our getaway from busy city life.  I just love it here and my kids love it even more.  Continue Reading…

Style

Smithery Style

May 19, 2016
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Last weekend, I had the pleasure of hosting the co-founders of Smithery Style in my home for my very own Sip & Click party.

For those of you who don’t know, Smithery Style is an on-line clothing boutique specializing in helping women dress for their body shape.

Co-Founders Rena and Mavis arrived a couple of hours before the party.  They arrived with (pink!) hockey bags full of carefully curated threads which they hung, placed, and  steamed in my living room.  I can’t tell you how exciting it was for me, the girl who loves clothes, to have her home transformed into a clothing boutique for the evening.  Continue Reading…

City life

Marlies

May 8, 2016
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Last week I attended a Toronto Marlies playoff game with my sister. We each took our boys and they each brought a friend along.

The Marlies are at the tail end of the best season in the team’s history and have guaranteed themselves a 1st place finish in the American Hockey league for the first time ever — pretty exciting for TO!  Continue Reading…

Cottage life

Cottage Sneak Peek

May 2, 2016
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We decided on Saturday that since it was such a lovely sunny day, we should take a drive to the cottage.  The kids jumped for joy when we suggested it and then ran home from the park to pack a bag and hop in the car.  Normally we wouldn’t go down until later in May, but we have been so excited about it, we couldn’t wait any longer!  We called and booked a hotel for the night on our way (cottage is too cold at night and not ready for us just yet), which had a pool, so that was an added bonus for the kids.

We played baseball and jumped in mud piles. We went for nature walks and collected branches and twigs that had fallen over the winter.  We found a robin’s egg too – all sure signs of spring!

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Work life

Megan Preece

April 14, 2016
Meet-at-Entrepreneur

To celebrate my new venture – becoming my own boss – I’ve decided to do a series of interviews with some of my favourite and most inspiring female entrepreneurs.  Being a newbie at this, I not only want to pick their brains on how they make it work, but I want to find out what led them to becoming entrepreneurs.

First up is Megan Preece.  Megan is not only a friend of mine, but she was our wedding and newborn photographer.  Megan is employed full-time at one of Canada’s leading banks.  Separately, and part-time she is an entrepreneur – a freelance photographer. Since our wedding in 2012, she has photographed over 40 weddings.  I wanted to sit down with Megan quickly before her busy season comes into full-swing.  That, and before she begins to plan her own wedding (which will be another blog post entirely – a wedding photographer’s wedding!)
Megan Preece

Kelly:  Was becoming a wedding photographer something that you always knew you wanted to do?  Continue Reading…