I’m so done with trying to be a Superhero!


Those of you who follow my blog posts will know, time management – actually, ‘time take back’ – is something I am focused on for my own self-care moving forward.  It’s taken a while for me to realize, but I’m done with spending unnecessary time on areas of my life that really don’t mean anything to me anymore, and trying to be this ‘I can do everything’ Superhero!


I am having a complete re-evaluation of my career which includes a new opportunity for my real estate business in 2020 and one which will support other Realtors with business planning and personal goals.


But, as they say, with new opportunity comes sacrifice and I’m trading in some of my chips to buy back more time.



“There’s only one thing more precious than our time and that’s who we spend it on”

– Leo Christopher



For many years I have operated more than one business or had numerous projects in the works at any one time while raising a busy family. This may be you too, and you may be killing it – If you are, all praise to you!


But for me, the numerous projects and commitments are starting to take their toll. So, as part of this re-evaluation, I have decided to close Emily’s Closet so I can concentrate my entire efforts on my real estate business and my family.


Phew…. You have no idea how liberating typing that last paragraph was – so many monkeys just leapt from my back!


Operating a retail store is actually one of the hardest things I have done and I now have a new-found appreciation for those people who operate small, customer driven retail businesses – Absolute community champions!


The elements and tasks associated with the back-end operations of my boutique are immensely time-consuming and stressful – and I’m sacrificing time I can not afford (and at times my sanity) with the most important people in my life.


When one thing in your life is sacrificing other things you enjoy more, and the fun has expired, it’s time to say adios.


As my children are getting older, I am finding they need me more than they ever have, and at a challenging time in their lives I want to devote more time to them and be much calmer element in their lives during a time of turmoil known as ‘THE TEENAGE YEARS’ – Not the stressed out, overworked, over used, always tired mom they have come to know over the past few years.


Suddenly work and family life have come together for one massive, sometimes loud, debate which has, in turn, created what I fondly call my ‘Professional Mid Life Rebellion’. It’s not a crisis, It’s a REBELLION, and I so rock that title!


I have had the privilege, determination and courage to follow a little dream I have had since a young woman. That dream was Emily’s Closet.


I pray everyone has the courage to follow their own little dream one day and never be frightened to change direction when a change is needed.  Not to keep going with something that no longer ignites a spark within you, just to please everyone else. Do what you need, do what’s right for you.


“Changing direction in life is not tragic; losing passion in life is”.

– Max Lucado


Emily’s Closet has given me the opportunity  to meet new people and forge alliances that I will cherish. My staff, especially Angela Corrigan and Lisa MacMillan have been a vital element in delivering my message for service excellence.


Both Angela and Lisa will admit that they have experienced life affirming ‘moments’ from serving women in our store who have touched their hearts with stories of hospital treatments, cancer recovery and those suffering difficult times who came to our little boutique just to feel pretty again.


You know what, my little store did that, my team did that, and when a small pipe dream, back street boutique business can be that impactful on people’s lives, we can be considered nothing less than a success story and to that end I consider my work here done.


We will be closing our doors at 5pm on Friday 30th August 2019. I will certainly miss the people but I freely admit, I will not miss the stress that comes with running multiple businesses, Hell no!


Real Estate is what I have done, It’s what I do, It’s what I’m good at, It’s where I’m staying and It’s enough!!! Hallelujah!.


I will miss the ambience of Emily’s Closet for sure, but that was created by the smiles, energy and great attitudes of people like Lisa and Angela, and if you think I’m letting them get very far from me, think again! They both have exciting new challenges ahead of them.


So thank you to all those who visited our store, those I’ve had the pleasure to work with and those who shared in my little boutique dream.


We are in summer sale with further blow-out reductions on all clothing in effect from 1st August. If you have Emily’s Closet gift cards you will need to redeem them by the closing date of 30th August 2019.


If you have any questions you may direct them to me personally on 902 394 7071






Photo Credits: Rachel Peters and Cheryl Perry


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