Boho is short for bohemian which can be defined as “a person who has informal and unconventional social habits, a vagabond, a gypsy, a wanderer, nonconformist”.
Bohemian describes more than just my fashion. I feel it defines my life to date, hence “The Boho Lifestyle”
A history of me.
I grew up in southern Alberta . We had a family farm where I learned all about cattle, fencing and feed – a farm girl. No, but seriously, I have been up to here in cow…whatever you’re picturing, go deeper.
I also worked at a local trucking company to earn dollars for my unending desire for fashion, almost all of which was procured at Value Village at the time, thrifty.
I caught the travel bug at a very young age. Every year we made the drive to Chicago to see our family. Yes, we drove, a family of four in a minivan over 2500 km each way!!!
In high school I was Students Council President. I was Captain of the volleyball team and a member of the National Honors Society. I won the Principals Award and was emcee at our graduation. Don’t let all that fool you, I was far from a nerdy innocent.
Throughout high-school and into university I had an amazing boyfriend and a fantastic group of friends and family who loved and supported me and my various endeavors. They also regularly accused me of being a busy body and over achiever, which I am now woman enough to admit.
To say I had a wide social circle and a busy calendar was an understatement. I loved my life and everyone in it, I worked hard and knew I was blessed.
When I was sweet sixteen my European love affair began. I had the privilege of traveling to Europe with my two best girlfriends at the time and one of their mothers. We spent the majority of our time in Amsterdam but also ventured to Paris and London. I knew when I headed home that summer, one day, I would live there.
Two years into my university degree I returned Amsterdam – that trip solidified my desire to move abroad. Within a matter of months the plan was set.
I moved to Amsterdam and began studying International Finance and Economics at the University of Amsterdam, I learned to speak dutch and rode only a bicycle. I mastered riding in the rain, with an umbrella while talking on my phone, a feat!
I landed a catering and bar-tending job with Formula 1 racing. I got to travel the globe working at races, France, England, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Japan… the list continues. I was at the inaugural race in China. I also learned to spend 18 hours working in 4 inch heels, a truly invaluable skill.
Many good times were had and absolutely unbelievable memories were made. After almost three years abroad, and many an experience it was time to come home and “grow up”.
I finished my Management degree while living with a best friend and nannying her children. I followed that up with my Masters in Professional Accounting. Yes, its a real Masters and yes it’s as lame as you imagine it would be. Despite the excitement, I finished and also completed my designation as a Chartered Accountant. I often tell people that I am an “accidental accountant” as it is definitely not what I imagined my career to be…
While in the midst of my Masters and articling with a big 4 firm I met the love of my life and now husband, Billy (I shan’t start on him or this post will never end). I infected him with the travel bug and together we have had some epic journeys … and on September 23, 2016 we started our greatest adventure yet, our daughter Liv Adaline was born.
That’s the “coles notes” story so far, my boho lifestyle.
I hope you’ll stay tuned for more.
Love and light,