One of our readers commented that they wanted to know more about Julie and I other than what we had already put in our ‘about us’ section. So here is some more in depth information about me. I am sure Julie will post more about herself soon. Yes that is actually me to the left – this picture was taken at my 40th birthday party that my cousins threw for me. I included this silly picture as it ties in well with my goal to have more fun this year!
My name is Leslie and I was born and raised in North Bay, Ontario Canada. I have two brothers; one older, one younger. My younger brother is actually my first cousin by blood. My parents raised him from the time he was 3, so in our hearts he was a part of our immediate family. My father died at the age of 50 from complications due to alcoholism. I am a God Mother to 2 on my side of the family and 3 on my husband’s side of the family. We do not have any children of our own…that just wasn’t in the cards for us. We do however have fur kids to take care of…2 dogs (Bella & Ace) and a cat (Charlie).
I went to Laurentian University to study nursing and finished up my BA in psychology at Nippissing University. I moved to Ottawa Ontario in 2002. My now husband (Roch, pronounced Rock) lived there and we had been long distance dating for 6 years. After the devastation of 9/11 we were propelled into seeing if we were compatible for the long haul, so I moved in with him. We got married in 2004, which was the same year we bought into a franchise. It was a year of changes for us! In 2006, I left my career to help grow the business and we are still in that business today.
My mom has also been involved in the business from day one. We moved her down in 2004. Since money was tight, she moved in with us. We lived in a town home then…which over time became a bit too small. We now live in a 2000 square foot bungalow just outside the city and my mom still lives with us. So we have worked together and lived together for the past almost 10 years. I know what you’re all thinking, believe me we have heard it all before. The surprising thing is, is that it works well for all of us. We are truly blessed to have the personalities that we do. We compliment each other well. We have our moments, we are human, but 99% of the time we enjoy our living and working arrangements.
I’ve always wanted to write a book (still on the bucket list), and blogging gives me a platform to write about a variety of topics. It also gives me an opportunity to connect with people I probably would have never ‘met’ otherwise. I hope our blog will be a source of secondary income some day too.
Hopefully this makes you feel like you know me a bit better! Enjoy your week!