For those of you who don’t follow my Instagram, I’m a big Jillian Harris fan….Robyn, Megan and Kaitlyn may even say I’m her #1 fan. So the events that transpired last Monday were beyond the scope of things I thought possible. I won’t give the full back story because stats say lengthy blogs lose readers but the evening ended with her and I texting back and forth for a while even including really awful selfies of ourselves.
But I will give you the BACK back story…which started almost 10 years ago….the following details she does not know and to be honest I’m a little embarrassed by them.
It all started back in 2009 maybe 2008 when I was a real estate agent at Re/Max Coast Mountains in my hometown of Terrace, B.C. My closest friend in the office Rauchene Lansdell came in one day saying her friend “Jilly" was on the new season of The Bachelor, so of course I tuned in. Like most of the people in the world I was completely charmed by her sense of humor and realness. So of course I followed her career, from The Bachelorette to “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” to “Canada’s Handyman Challenge”, my husband owns a Browns Socialhouse here in Vernon so I knew about all her interior design work with Cactus and Browns from his restaurant connections.
But here’s where it’s starts to get embarrassing, I use to make these large block letters with fabric mod podged onto them (Jesus Christ) stay with me here, I started making them as baby shower gifts but people really like them and started paying me for them. I found this really cute fabric with little brown anchors and pink hearts on them so I made a “J” with the anchor fabric for Jillian and a “J” with this really beautiful wood grain fabric for Justin. Mailed it to whatever address I found online, never heard anything back.
Cut to a couple years later #TeamJilly posts something on her website about wanting new content contributors for her website, anything from recipes to DIY home decor to fashion, whatever your department of expertise is. I didn’t see this post till sometime in the afternoon on the last day they were taking submissions so as soon as the huz got home I handed him Stella who was only 7 or 8 months old at the time I think and got to work. I only had a few hours to whip something together and you could definitely tell! Keep in mind my craft skills at the time were more Christmas-craft-sale/wooden-clothespin-reindeer-esque than the flower crown making gold spray paint wielding Birch I am now. So ya, the project I submitted was pretty friggin amateur. I obviously didn’t hear anything back.
I know where you think this story is heading, me feeling rejected dressed in head to toe camo going thru her garbage in the middle of the night with a headlamp….but I assure you this fable has a happy ending.
So here I am living in Vernon running my store with Kaitlyn by my side. I carry solely Canadian brands and I strongly felt Jillian, being a proud fellow Canadian, would appreciate what I’m trying to do so I tagged her in posts, invited her to our grand opening (thank god she didn’t come!!) Tweeted her regularly, Kaitlyn and I even brought a gift basket of #BirchMerch to Justin at the Vernon Boat Show last Spring (he was very sweet and lovely of course). I just put myself out there!! Completely transparent, no facade.
When I added this special guest feature to the blog I wrote my dream list of women I would love to feature, ladies like Kelly Oxford, Marilyn Denis, Sarah Richardson and Tamara Taggart never ever imagining that the one person at the top of my list would be my second guest…..miss Jillian herself.
Yes Birches, I Captain Ahab’d the shit outta that 5’2 white whale!
So here it is……
-What is your mirror mantra?
To keep doing the best that I can and not to put too much pressure on myself, one day at a time! Between being a new mama, my business, my family and friends ... making time for everything and everyone can be hard but I just have to keep on doing the best that I can!
-What’s your guilty pleasure music choice?
COUNTRY COUNTRY COUNTRY!! I freakin love it!! 80’s country !
-What is your favorite Canadian-ism?
Plaid. Enough said. Lol!
-What has been your biggest business learning curve?
That you are NEVER going to please everyone and to learn to live with rejection and criticism. also, to take constructive criticism, think about it and think how applying it would affect your business? maybe a certain naysayer has something to say that can help- even if it seems negative at the time! its ok to be wrong!
-What makes you laugh till you snort?
Lately it's been little Leo! He's such a little character and I just love sitting there and watching his every move! Also at 36 years old, I still think farting is pretty funny.
-What book do you love so much you could read it over and over again?
I hate to admit it but I can't even remember the last time I read a book!! Ok i lied, it was 50 shades of grey and i’m worried it wouldn’t be healthy to keep reading that over and over again! LOL
-Name a fellow Canadian BossBirch who you admire?
Fraiche Nutrition. She is brave, kind, modest, beautiful, a great mother and dedicated to everything she commits to!
There you have it Birches, and FYI Tori also happens to be on my list....I'm coming for you doll!