Sitting here, parked in front of a beautiful lake, with the theatre visible behind me. I look out my frosted window at the small town shops, decorated with quaint charm and character. The owners smiling as they unlock their doors to begin the day. Such a simple way of life. This is life in a small town. This is life in beautiful Stratford Ontario. A town nessled somewhere between London and Kitchener, off the highway and down a backroad. A town that is silent, other than the annual festival drawing hundreds every summer. A town with simplicity, ease and dreams. 

This is a small town built on believe. Belief that anything is possible. Stratford has a thriving theatre scene that helps one to bare their soul and expose their deepest desires. Stratford is a town that gives people hope, that you can do it. No matter where you are from.

Stratford made me believe, it made me a Blieber. Stratford bore Justin Bieber, 20 something years ago. A young boy who lived a simple life, but dreamt of more. A kid who pushed for his dreams even when others laughed and said it wasn’t possible. I mean “kid you live in Stratford, Ontario” population 50 000. But he pushed on and became a name we all know, and sometimes hate to admit we love.

I see much of myself in Justin. No I am not from Stratford, I am merely visiting for the day. But I am from another small town close by. Sarnia. And I too have big dreams. 

I dream of being a published author.

I dream of being a motivational speaker and coach, helping inspire girls around the world to live a happier, healthier life.

I dream of sharing my storey, so those enchained in their past may see the freedom life can offer.

I dream of traveling the world 

I dream of being an ambassador of positivity and mindfulness.

I dream of spreading joy, laughter and love.

I dream of speaking at events like Wanderlust and International Woman’s Day celebrations, alongside my idols like Gabby Bernstein.

I dream of having a beautiful loving husband, three kids, and a house on the lake.

I dream of being a successful real estate investor and sales

I dream of helping people see you can be successful, and it doesn’t have to be stressful 

I dream of being a household name, of inspiring the world and giving back every way I can.

I dream of pouring my heart into my writings so others may feel the energy and life.

I dream, and I am often told my dreams are crazy. I am told to tone it down, to take the “normal path” I see the eye rolls, the sorry stares from family as I defy the corporate world they believe I should be in. 

Because I like Justin Believe 

I believe the best things in life come from small towns with big dreams 

And in this town, where I sit and watch the swans swim by, a light dusting of snow on the frosted grass. I feel the light in my heart. A light I cherish and hold onto. A light that will carry me to my future and guide me in the dark. 

A light no one can dull. 

Because this town helped me see. It’s not about where you came from. It’s about staying true and believing you can. 

Stratford 

Justin 

Thank you 

Because I am a Belieber