I was born meant for the saddle, and at a very young age I learned what it meant to get back in one as an entrepreneur. My dad and maternal uncle both ran businesses throughout my youth. So, I learned what it took to run a business. The endless sacrifices of family events, vacations, dance recitals, orchestra concerts, horse jumping competitions, soccer games, and...don't even get me started on the sleepless nights being carted off at 3a.m. for emergency vet calls.
At the age of 10, I started working at my dad's veterinary clinic and my uncle's lobster distribution co., and got a behind the scenes look at what it took to run a small business. My spring, summer and winter breaks were spent working for them both. During my school year, my divorced parents worked 60-80 hour work weeks, leaving me in the care of my maternal Sicilian grandmother. She taught me many great things; how to live off of the earth, how to heal through natural methods, how to cook with love, how to love myself, how to use my many talents and be comfortable in my own skin. I have her to thank for the woman I have become. I also have my Dad to thank for teaching me what it means to get back in the saddle; literally as a rider and metaphorically as a business owner, when his clinic burned to the ground one fateful spring. My Mom taught me how to stand the tests of time and use faith to keep a company running, even when she no longer wanted to spend her long days and nights supporting it. Unfortunately my uncle's company eventually failed, fortunately its closing set my mom free. The blessing in disguise... is that when it did... my mom came to me for help, and we transformed her life.