After a 16 year, spread across 2 continents career in corporate travel, I switched gears and ended up in Web Design. Quite by accident, too.
For no reason, other than to satisfy my curiosity, I went on a mission to find out. I quite vividly remember my first print out of "HTML 101". Many trees were harmed in the process. Anyways, to make a long story short, I was hooked. I created a personal website under the name of "Sunshine" and started dabbling and experimenting away. This was before the time of video calls and even digital photography; it was my way of sharing pictures and anekdotes of the kids with my family overseas. Incidentally, that website was resurrected in 2016 - www.manitoulinsunshine.ca
To my surprise, someone saw and liked that little website and asked me to build one for a home daycare. That was my first paid gig.
After registering the company in December of 2000, I continued to hone my skills over the next 3 years, collecting several long term clients, while still working as a corporate travel/group coordinator. Oh! I also built a website for the agency I was working for at the time. In fact, the last corporate group I handled was able to do their registrations online - something pretty much unheard of at the time.
In 2003 I ditched the dayjob, packed up the kids, and left the city to focus on building the web design business in earnest. In addition to web design, I also started hosting client sites and got more involved in programming and content management.
Today, I share my home on Manitoulin Island with my partner, 2 horses, 1 dog, 1 cat, a small flock of chickens, and an assortment of kids and grandkids on weekends. My office is located on the ground floor of a 100+ year old farm house. I'm a self professed hermit and still adore working from home (can't beat the commute!).