Those who know me well will realize that this trip to Toronto was a big step for me. It was in fact, at the age of 37, the first time I have “adulted” in this way. Though I left home to live in dorms as soon as I graduated from high school, I still feel like I went from my parent’s care straight into my husband’s “care”. We have been married for fifteen years and I have happily let him be my details man.

I have never planned a trip on my own before (hotels, flights, rental cars etc.), nor have I had to get myself to the airport and on the plane on my own. I have never stayed at a hotel on my own. In fact I don’t think I’ve had 24 hours, much less a whole week, completely at my own disposal in a very, very long time (ahem, pre-kids I’m thinking).

It has been a bit scary, a bit lonely, and a bit exhilarating all at once but it does give me a feeling of confidence to know that I can take care of myself. I have big plans for James Crossing and running a business is a long game. While I know that I can count on my husband for his continued support, I also know that I am capable of stretching myself and doing things that are hard and may make me feel uncomfortable. Not the least of which for this introvert, is approaching strangers (some of them a little bit famous), and promoting the artists I work with.

I am doing all sorts of things that I never would have imagined doing and I’m excited for future opportunities to stretch myself further. It has been especially fun mixing business with pleasure as I discover the city of Toronto. I’m looking forward to sharing more about this great city in my next blog post.