Why I left the healthcare field to pursue a career online

I didn’t go to school for web design. This may come to a shock to you, or maybe you know part of my story already. Either way, let’s take it back a few years. 

I started going to post-secondary not long after I graduated high school. It was something I always knew I wanted to do and I wanted to build my skills to create a fulfilling career of helping others. I love being there for others, whether I’ve known them for years, weeks, or even just a moment in time. 

When I decided to enroll in a degree program Recreation Therapy caught my eye. At its core, recreation therapy involves interventions to help others live life to their absolute fullest using recreation and leisure as a treatment. It’s cool and I still use aspects of what I learned from it every day in my own life. 

Recreation Therapy was a profession I daydreamed about. I knew it was the right career path for me and I was so passionate about it. Cue 2020, the year of the pandemic. Positions were cut, activities in long-term care were cut and my dream career quickly shifted to tasks I didn’t go to school for. I was gutted. I had spent so much time and effort to get my education and I felt lost when the entire healthcare field shifted. 

I did my best to stay in it but reached a point where I burned out. I wasn’t taking care of myself how I should and I wasn’t able to be my best at work or after work. I knew I needed a change. 

My partner was relocated for work around the same time which pushed me into looking for work in all different avenues. I found a job as a Virtual Assistant which quickly sparked my rediscovery of my love for creativity. I had always been drawn to creativity. I had tried my hand at Canva for some volunteering and my work as a Recreation Therapist in the past and knew it was a platform I could spend time perfecting.

Canva quickly became my favorite way to design social media posts and I started freelancing as I developed my skills both in the social media space and as a Virtual Assistant. I began making more and more connections through my Instagram Page and started to book clients. 

I began the shift into social media management and web design in early 2022, around when I started Freelancing as a virtual assistant. It was an obvious shift because of my current client’s needs and I have loved creating beautiful spaces for others. I’ve been able to stay in the technical side of supporting clients too which I’ve loved.

I’m currently discovering ways that I can merge my love for design and systems within online business too, so stay tuned for that!

I’ve been so thankful to fuel my love for creating and connecting with my early love for helping others. These two aspects of my work are what keep me going. I have such a passion for helping others feel their best and I know great design does just that. Design is what attracts the right clients to your corner and provides confidence in what you invite your audience to.

Are you looking to elevate your business or social media this year?


January 9, 2023

I went from working in healthcare & feeling like something was missing to thriving in the online space as a creative & Showit web designer.

As a self-proclaimed homebody, I've blended my love for home + design into helping you create a home online that's so comfy and welcoming, your potential clients won't want to click away.  I want to help you feel super confident about sharing your website with your clients. After all, it's a reflection of you and your brand, and I want to make sure it's totally you!

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