Hey Friends! I thought it would be fun to share a bit about me so you can have a better understanding of who you're hanging out with here on the Timber Child Natural Lifestyle Blog :) Ok, in no particular order, here we go!
1) I sold Real Estate in Costa Rica for two years.
I went backpacking with my mom and my sister to Central America in Nov 2006 and fell in love with CR. I was currently working as an assistant for my cousin and then stepmom at Royal Le Page here in Canada and wanted a change. I happened to hit it off with a fellow Canadian lady in Jaco while traveling and found out she worked in Real Estate there. That was it. We finished up our trip and headed home in Jan 2007 and by Feb I had sold everything here in Canada and moved to CR by myself at 22 to sell Real Estate and live in a completely new country. I got my Real Estate license, learned enough Spanish to get around, bought a piece of land intending to build and live there, met Dan Marino (Miami Dolphins) and saw Hootie & the Blowfish perform at a VERY fancy clients house party. What an experience that was...I think I need to give that story the credit it deserves in another blog post solely focused on that. Stay tuned...
2) I am a certified Sommelier.
While I was managing a wine store in Vancouver, I went to night school and received my ISG (Intl Sommelier Guild) Certification. I decided to also take the WSET (Wine Spirits Education Trust) courses and have completed level 4, the WEST Diploma.
3) I hate wearing bras.
True Fact. As soon as I get home, it comes off! That's if I'm even wearing one, to begin with. Winter coats are the best.
4) I was a Cellar Rat.
I have worked in the cellar for quite a few different wineries. My most memorable by far was in 2011 when I worked for Coldstream Hills in the Yarra Valley, Australia. Founder and part owner was James Halliday. He is Australia's most respected wine critic. We wrote the Wine Companion book series, The Art and Science of Wine and help to write the World Atlas of Wine and so many more. Wineries from all over Australia would send him samples of their wine to review and write about. After he tasted them, he would leave all of the bottles out for the staff to take home. On average there were over 100 a day to choose from! He brought out a bottle of 1985 (my birth year) Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin La Grande Dame Brut from his collection for me to try when I left the job. And yes, I brought the empty bottle back to Canada with me. It now sits in my office beside the vintage decanter my grandma left me.
5) My dog Boss is Australian.
James and I were living in Greensborogh, Victoria at the time and I wanted to get a puppy. My sister and I had a Labrador growing up and to me, a lab is the only choice when choosing a dog (yes, I know you're all saying "well what about insert your dog breed here", but this is my blog so it's all about labs). James said no at first because of the cost and responsibility. So I told him I would do up a projected cost spreadsheet to prove to him that we could afford one. Of course, I altered the results and we got a beautiful black lab puppy in June 2012. We named him Boss. He is the most amazing dog. When I moved back to Canada in 2013 Boss came with me aboard the Sydney to Vancouver Air Canada flight.
6) I lied about my dad owning a fleet of salmon fishing boats so I could get a job on a pearl farming boat.
I was backpacking Broome, WA and I had just enough money to pay for the rest of the week at the hostel. I started cleaning a bit around the place for room and board and always had an eye on the kitchen "FREE" bin. For those of you that have never backpacked, this bin is a lifesaver because after you're done buying beer, who has money left for food when you're 19, right? Right. Needless to say, I needed a job. Someone staying at the hostel had mentioned that one of their friends was making amazing money being a deckhand on the pearl farming boats. I was like, yeah I could do that! I walked to the office of Willie Creek Pearls and handed them my resume. I had no experience in that field so they said no. Then I lied. I said I may not have any experience on pearl farming boats BUT that I did, however, grow up on boats and that my dad owned a fleet of salmon fishing boats in Vancouver. I was hired on the spot and started the next day. I think it was about 3 hours after the 100ft Territory Commander left the shore when they realized that I had not spent much time on boats! They couldn't turn around so they had to keep me for the 12-day trip duration. I ended up learning as I went and did 5 more trips. #fakeituntilyoumakeit.
7) I was Employee of the Month at the Sheraton Mirage in Port Douglas, QLD Australia.
This may not seem like a big deal to most of you but those of you who know, know!
8) I love Scotch.
When I was pregnant with Scarlette, James was working in Australia and commuting to Penticton every 5 weeks. He would often stop at duty-free and get me a nice bottle of something and because I was pregnant and couldn't drink, we were able to start a little collection. Wow, the things we spend our money on before kids eh? The most expensive bottle we had was a $785 bottle of Triple Cask Balvenie 25 yr. Holy moly was that good. We no longer have a scotch collection BUT we do have two beautiful children. One day I will have both!
9) I met James in Whistler, BC.
I know, meeting an Aussie in Whistler is like the least surprising thing but he wasn't a lifty! In Nov 2009 I was working at the Cornucopia Wine Festival for the weekend. James ended up being a roommate to friends of my sister's boyfriend at the time. His roommate's owned Whistler Wine Tours and they got James into the sold-out festival event by carrying cases of wine and a fake name tag. We met as I walked in and hit it off immediately. I ended up taking the night off from working my booth and we hung out all night. The next week James went back to Australia for a couple of months. We kept in touch and when he came back to Vancouver we started dating the next day. Two weeks later he moved in. The rest is history.
10) I am a snow snob!
I only snowboard on warmer, bluebird, powder days and I will apologize to no one!