Digging back into the archives (my favourite Fleetwood Mac reference), my life started in the frozen prairies that we call the Arctic. I was born in a small community on the Hudson’s Bay named Arviat. I grew up amongst some of the most cultured and kind peoples I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. Between Nunavut and the Northwest Territories – my childhood span from the north eastern region to life above the Arctic Circle and beyond. Throughout our lives, we spent time in and out of the north – but my family will always be drawn back to the simplistic beauty of north.
So where does the story of the Hudson Blonde start? When I left home for the first time on my own – my expectations were non-existent. Comparing life outside of the north to anything else is close to impossible. It’s in a realm of its own. Making the transition from Nunavut to Ontario was as exciting for me as a kid going to Disneyland for the first time. The possibilities seemed endless, maybe because the world seemed so much bigger in a city of more than 10,000 people. I met some of my best friends in Ottawa, and gained so much knowledge and substance while I was there. But I knew I was missing something. After spending 2 years studying political science –my passion for the subject slowly started to subside when I realized circumpolar politics wasn’t exactly what you studied in general International Relations at Carleton University. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great program and a wonderful school – it just didn’t feel like the right place or the right time. So, in January of 2018, I decided I was going to leave Carleton behind and start working towards what my heart was telling me to do.
Summer 2018, I find myself moving home from Ottawa, back in the North and then all the way back up to Toronto, Ontario. I never thought I’d be happy in such a big city – but life is about transitions and learning from every experience you have. Now, studying fashion and business at George Brown college, I find so much excitement in going to school every day. We study everything from industrial sewing to textile science and fashion entrepreneurship. It’s such a condensed program that gives you so many opportunities to branch into the industry. Having smaller, more hands on classes makes for legitimate relationships with classmates and professors. At this point, you never know who might be the next Jean-Paul Gaultier or Iris Apfel. Being encompassed by a constant state of creativity is so relieving for the soul – the opportunities are literally never ending.
Here I am now, sitting down at a coffee stop in Yorkville, so thankful for a decision I made almost a year ago – now I’m certain, this is the right place and the right time. When you feel it in your heart, that’s when you can be absolutely certain that you’re exactly where you’re supposed to be.