The first one happened at age 3 when I declared, ‘I’m going to be a singer.’
The second one was when my mum enrolled me, at age 11, into motivational courses. She wanted me to understand the power of choice & possibility. I ended up using the skills I learned to deal with some of the more difficult issues in my life – my parents’ divorce, low self-esteem, my dream of being a singer challenged and the death of my dad.
If someone had told me I would be doing what I am doing now I would not have believed them since I was focusing all my efforts on my dream of becoming a famous singer. All that changed, when at age 18, a school principal asked me to perform for her students. I agreed. The show ended up being more than just music. The students started asking me questions about my career. Then their questions turned into life issues. I answered them by sharing my personal stories and the life tools I used (and still use today) to help me move through my experiences. That day was the third defining moment.
I started to realize that young people wanted ways to help them move through their life situations. Knowing that music is a powerful way to communicate, I started including my life experiences and lessons learned in every song I wrote. Young people seem to relate best to my combination of speaking and singing. I soon realized that I loved that combination as well!
Little did I know the day the principal asked me to speak and sing at her school would be the day that I would begin to find my true passion, my true purpose – motivational speaker, author and singer.
I want young people to realize that they are not alone and that it is possible to move through challenging times, as long as they have a set of life skills in their back pocket.
We can’t always control the circumstances in our lives but we always have the ability to choose the choices we make – this is where our power lies. This is what I call our UPower. From that piece of wisdom, my UPower presentations and my UPower workshops were created.
Through my speaking & singing I have been honoured to bring the UPower message to over 400,000 students, parents, educators and conferences throughout Ontario.