Growing up, I was blessed with 3 brothers and 1 sister and I was fortunate enough to be the youngest of 5. Something that I get to cherish for life along with my parents and all the lessons, morals, values and grit and strength one learns and experiences growing up Italian.
Growing up in this family helped me understand who they were forming me to be. Though I'm still learning and I won't ever stop learning, I knew from a young age exactly who I would be, who I would strive to be, and who I am evolving to be. So, though I'm not quite there yet, I'm going to stay on the path I set out 10 years ago.
Most people wonder why I left a high paying corporate position with benefits to take a chance on a small business. Well if you know me, you know and if you don't get it, that's fine... I know who I am. I am a Warrior. It's time for me to Warrior Up. It's been a hard year for so many people and it's still hard.
I lost my oldest brother this year and of all of the years to need his guidance and experience - this is when I needed him the most. Thankfully I am fortunate to still have my Mom and siblings and extended family with me and my 3 sons and Gates who should be officially Sainted for putting up with me. My family support mentally, physically and emotionally was my saving grace. The circumstances I faced forced me to find my own support inside myself. I'm still digging away and finding the bricks that form my foundation. I'm not all there yet, I've fallen a few times and then a few more - BUT guess what - falling and failing are okay. I've learned a lot of lessons and I will keep on learning. Forever a student.
With that said, I've had to say good bye to a few other big parts of my life and the Richmond Street Plaza is one of them. Yes, I'm leaving my favourite little plaza. I've been blessed and extremely grateful for a landlord and an old school handshake that made 1 year turn into 10 incredibly blessed years. I met and taught so many beautiful strong Warriors and saved a lot of feral cats. I have great respect and honour for my home away from home.
This place and this community and what happens in these walls is forever marked inside of me and I am truly grateful. It is absolutely heartbreaking to take apart something that you built. It physically hurts. I know I am grieving again. It's challenging. No one said that being a Warrior would be easy. It's taken blood, sweat and tears and I had it all to give. Well, I sure as hell am not done giving yet. I move to my new HOME - March 15th. I am scared, I am sad, and I am excited. I know that if I don't take the risk that I will end up risking everything. So, I am going to keep being a "Different Breed" and I will "Warrior Up". Im not ready to close this chapter of my life even after the hardest one that I have had personally and in business. I still have a lot of Warrior to give and I'm ready to give it.