Meet SEWN member…
How do you get from Montreal to the Sunshine Coast?
Via Airstream trailer across Canada, detour to California and then catch a boat to Gibsons, of course! Kim Hadley describes the Sunshine Coast as the destination she didn’t know she was looking for. Once her two wonderful, amazing sons, Damien 34 and Dylan 28, had grown and settled into their own lives, Kim headed west to Vancouver with a keen desire to shake up her life.
When Kim left Montreal in 2009 she had no idea where she’d land. A virtual office and a sky’s-the-limit attitude allowed for any possibility to unfold over the next year. Life in the Airstream took many detours as Kim drifted between Vancouver and California.
By 2010, the pull to settle down brought Kim to the Sunshine Coast and a little cottage by the sea. She traded the Airstream for a boat and the idyllic coastal lifestyle. Since then, Kim has not looked back.
Today, with a forestry technology degree and 15 years of freelance graphic design experience under her hat, Kim has found her paradise and lives full time on her boat in the seaside village of Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast British Columbia.
Kim found love and comfort in living small and one of her biggest life takeaways is one of simplification. Life is a lot simpler, cheaper and more interesting.
Kim says, “In the end, I wasn’t meant to be a traveler, but more I felt that whole time was a journey to land exactly here. Life on the boat is amazing. I’m learning how to be out on the water, spending some weekends out, and braving it out further and further as I learn. There’s a sense of adventure every day, yet that comfort of community and home at the same time. What more could anyone ask for?”
Kim loves to help small businesses move forward with their website design and maintenance. She uses brainstorming and visualization techniques to find the best way of presenting the client’s product or service.
Kim’s greatest joy is the big reveal — that moment when the conversations, theory and wish list come together to form a concrete vision for the client. With the advent of WordPress, Kim finds freedom for her clients by offering self-managed website and website hosting. Kim gives back to her community with pro bono work for family, friends and local organizations.
“I love the idea of connecting with other business women, not just networking- wise, but also support-wise. Being able to share resources and ideas and support each other in our own efforts, really feels like a great thing.”
Kim offers reasonably priced websites and after 16 years of self-employment and learning the “hard way” some valuable insights as well.
Published: July 2016