May 03, 2014

LEAP! (the blog with a plot twist)

MAY 3, 2014

I once bought a pair of earrings with a saying etched on them:

“Leap and the net will appear.”

A few hours later, I would meet my (now) husband. That year, in particular, was full of significant opportunities, and people appearing in my life. At the time, I was pretty sure that those earrings had something to do with it... #kidding #sortof

What I
now know was that I didn’t necessarily leap willy-nilly and hope that someone else would catch me, I took an active role in making sure that the net was going to be strong enough for what I hoped to achieve.

As time went on, however, I changed more than I had anticipated, and so did the music biz. I soon realized that I needed a much stronger net to support all of my expectations and (let’s be honest) my financial reality living in the 2nd most ridiculously expensive city in Canada.

What does that have to do with the fact that I haven’t posted a blog in over a year?
Well, everything, really

I don’t have an excuse,
per se, but I do have a reason for my lengthy absence. I don’t think it was a secret that I was itching to do more with the blog. The goal was to be helpful and to make a positive impact on my self-employed, artistic community. I waxed poetic about what I thought people might like to hear but, that has its limits, even for me.

Not to be
too dramatic about it but, it was time to finally do what I said I would do in my tagline, “building an empire one branch at a time.”

So, without further adieu, introducing the newest part of the
Artist Empire:

After countless blogs that hi-lighted
my growing obsession with real estate, as well as working on, and writing for my husband’s RENO BLOG, my discussion about “best before” dates & 2nd careers with Lake Diva, Wendy Nielsen was the tipping point toward making the leap to move forward and branch out.

• I went to school.
• Found a mentor (that’s a blog unto itself)
• Got a license

And have FINALLY set up shop to be YOUR official mortgage agent @

What does that mean, exactly? In a nutshell: 

•You (self-employed artist) come to me with you numbers and we create a financial profile.

•I find you the best mortgage rate + conditions to partner with your numbers

•We put a pre-approved mortgage in place

•You house hunt with a Real Estate Agent (who loves you because you are prepared and pre-approved)

•You begin the journey of owning your first home.


Ok, ok, so there’s (
way) more to it than that but, you get the gist of what I’m saying. I’m here to help, finally, in an official capacity.That, my friends, feels pretty darned good.

Inspired by
so many of you who have set up shop in a variety of industries, combined with pursuing singing or playing, I hope to be just as influential....and, let’s face it, when your income revolves around texts from students saying, “My phone was confiscated in class so I couldn’t remember to come to my lesson” you know that something has got to give!

Thanks for returning to the Cardinal’s Nest!