Eight years ago today my cousin Madeleine passed away from cancer. She was in her early 30s and a mom of two small children. It was a tragedy.
At the time I was also a mom of two in my early 30s.
Her death hit me like a ton of bricks. I had a good job but a long commute. I left my house in a rush around 7:30am every morning and got home in time to kiss my babies good night.
Maddy's death made me look at my life more clearly.
It could be me and I didn't want to be so absent from my children's lives.
So, I decided to make a change. Within a year of Maddy's death I had quit my job and began my journey as an entrepreneur. Little did I know at the time that UrbanMoms.ca would lead me into the amazing world of what is now known as "social media" and down a path I could never have even imagined. It was the path of inspiring women, creativity, and community.
Madeleine's death was a tragedy. We all miss her laughter and light-hearted spirit. Man that girl could make me laugh!
What I learned from her death is that life is not linear. Anything can happen. But more importantly, you can change its direction too. And often, when you do, amazing things can happen.
Today I mourn the loss of a wonderful woman, a beloved family member and a fellow mother but I also give thanks to her for the turn my life took and the lifetime of perspective she allowed me.
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