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1 down and infinity to go!

24 Mar

I’m sure this has been said many times before on Word Press, but I’m all for not re-inventing the wheel – This is my very first blog and my very first blog post! Congratulations Johanna, you did it!

Why am I here? It’s simple. I’m starting my own business and I want to blog about it from A-Z and hopefully one day when I’ve earned my successes I can look back on this and share it with others who are as ambitious and want to break off and do their own thing. Maybe this blog will become a how-to/trial-and-error guide…

So let’s begin with the questions:

Am I unhappy at my job? Heck no! I love my job. I have what many people would consider a “dream job” and I’m one of those people.

What do I, do you ask? I’m an Assistant Brand Manager for a high profile sporting goods company. My path here was not paved in flag stone with a neatly groomed flowerbed lining the way…I knew I was passionate about something, it was the “what” that had me left wondering. Although it should have been obvious form the get go, I needed someone to help me figure it out.

Here’s my story in short (well, sort of). I had just finished my Bachelors degree in Elementary Education at McGill University and had zero intention of jumping right into a class room. Think about it, I was 22, had an official document in hand form the government of Quebec that said “Yes, we recognize that you are fully capable of teaching the next generation of budding young executives, athletes, politicians. Now get to it!”

Uhhh…excuse me? I don’t think you get it…I’m 22. I just stopped being a student and now I have to have to be accountable for cultivating the minds of 30 children? Are you mad??

So why spend 4 years, one year more than most professional programs, learning and mastering a trade that I had no intention of pursuing? I’ve always had positive experiences with kids as a camp counselor. Read: sports camp.  Aha! But how did I not pick up on it? i actually had a professor say to me “This will be a very long profession if you’re not passionate about teaching. I don’t get the feeling you are.” He was clued in, I was just going through the motions of doing what I was asked to do to get my grades.

I spent year 1 out of uni as a high school Sports Cooordinator coaching, mentoring, and having fun playing sports. I was finally making a connection to my passions. Now how to get a job in sports that actually paid?

Going back to school was exactly what I vowed never to do when I was handed my B.Ed. So much for that. You gotta do what you gotta do, so I did. I enrolled at Concordia University in a GDSA (Graduate Diploma in Sports Administration).

Fast forward through a few hard years’ learning about my limitations of dealing with angry consumers and here I am; a well rounded individual with character.

I leave you with this for today-the most important piece of advise I can impart on you is to network, make a name for yourself and be patient. Rushing things will only build you a house made of straw or twigs.


About A Many Splendid Album

24 Mar

The purpose of this blog is to candidly chronicle my experiences with starting up my own business-A Many Splendid Album. From registering the business, to making my sample albums, to my first client meetings, networking, and the nitty gritty of what you’ve got to do to get into the wedding industry.

More to come about the business in later posts…don’t want to give away the house just yet 😉