A few weeks ago our team did an inspiring exercise. We all worked independently to create vision boards for our lives in ten years (no constraint of time / money etc). We then got into small groups and matched the vision boards to people. It was a fun exercise to see who you really knew, and who you wanted to get to know even more! Everyone loves talking about their best selves, and this was an exercise that truly helped that conversation flow. My vision board is above.
The Vision of My Life at 40
During my frequent flights I love few things more than checking in with the vision of my life and the goals that will get me there. There is something about the recycled air and generous Canadian wine pours that get my creative juices flowing. So, without further adieu - here is an updated Vision of My Life at Age 40. The more I share it and re-work it, the more real it continues to become.
Jake and I live in a big old house in Toronto. It’s perched on the edge of a ravine and is within waking distance of the downtown core; it strikes the perfect balance between a bustling city home and a quiet country retreat. I am the Head of Local Partnerships for the Hudson’s Bay Company, and have transformed the way brands do local marketing. Jake is the head of development for iCloud. We both create game changing value and transformation for our businesses.
Each day I am happy, active, inspired, and feel bad-ass in my work and my play. My career is exciting, rewarding, and full of passion and integrity. I leverage my strength of stimulating others to create change and growth for a business. I sport a sky high ‘do, rock 5 inch stilettos daily, and my statement necklaces are the talk of the town. I feel self expressed through my clothing each day, and turn heads, including my own, with my colourful style. I’m a mother, wife, and rockstar business woman who puts people empowerment and balance first. I am fearless, loving and have the ability to energize and calm everyone I touch.
The Coles-Devines have a loud and active household, with two young children and an unruly miniature red miniature dachshund named David Anne. Our house is the meeting place for family and friends and we host some sort of get together every week. From the Coles-Devine Family Christmas to the Coles-Devine Family Cinco de Mayo– our gatherings are filled with love, food and lots of laughs! We are known in our community for our entertaining – from Jake’s world famous caesars, to the over-the-top cheese plates, we celebrate life’s little pleasures and no day passes by without appreciation.
Our house is a home first and foremost. It’s full of art from our travels, furniture we have collected over time, it has five bedrooms and was built in the late 1800s. From the third floor patio you get an incredible view of the city and it backs onto a ravine. Our backyard is designed for entertaining, with a pool, lots of seating, and one of the city’s most colourful gardens. Every morning Jake makes me coffee in our beautiful kitchen, and I hear nothing but the sound of the wind in the trees and the creeking of old floors as our family wakes up. I can walk to the TLTC and our friends and family live nearby.
On weekends we are active and full of adventure, and we escape the city to the cottage every chance we get. In the winter we ski at Sir Sams and soak in the hot tub while watching the stars. In the summer we sun ourselves endlessly by the lake and host elaborate cook-offs with friends. We travel frequently, but love being nowhere more than we love being at home.
Jake and I invest in our community & neighbourhood, supporting small business, championing local political causes, and creating a close network of friends and neighbours nearby. We lead a full life that we love, and we inspire others around us to create lives full of possibility, happiness, and balance.