Life’s a Journey

Tis the dawning of a new day…

To say I’m thrilled to be working again is an understatement.

It’s been 5 years since I was fired from 3 consecutive jobs in Victoria, BC which led me down a path of self-discovery and a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder. A few years went by where I wasn’t able to work, when often times I wasn’t sure I would make it, trying to discover what combination of meds would stabilize me the best. That took over a year alone to figure out. Then 2 years of a challenging diploma program and here I am today, at the starting line of a whole new career and life.

I couldn’t have done it without the loving, steadfast support of you, my family and friends…but especially without my partner-in-crime Steven, our daughter Lily, and my Mom. They kept me going through the darkest moments I’ve ever experienced. It was knowing that they loved and needed me that propelled me to keep getting the help I needed…to get through, to push through.

To say I am grateful is also an understatement. Yet with the best words we have to express such gratitude, I humbly say, “Thank you.” Thank you and I love you.

My view from the 23rd floor…Saturday, Jan. 26, 2018

(I completed my diploma program in Massage Therapy in August of 2017. I passed my two competency exams and am now a Registered Massage Therapist with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. Today I start my second day of work at Body Blitz Spa in the east end of Toronto. Dream come true…)

Nametag…look at those letters – RMT!!

Certificate of Registration!!

Some pretty cool paper here…November 2017

Framed and everything πŸŽ‰

Brand spanking new RMT…January 2018


24 thoughts on “Life’s a Journey

  1. hbhatnagar says:

    Congratulations Julia. It’s great to hear you are doing so well. My very best wishes go out to you and I know you will excel at your new job.

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  2. Huge congrats and props to you – I can empathize how hard the path has been for you for the past few years. Wallow in glory for a bit – you certainly deserve it. Good luck with new job!

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  3. M.C. says:

    Congratulations! I’m so happy for your accomplishments, and I know they are well deserved. It’s been a hard road, but you’ve persevered and you should be proud of yourself. πŸ™‚

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    • Julia Manuel says:

      Thank you so much, my luv ❀
      Yesterday it really sunk in just how many more opportunities my family will now have because of all that hard work I did. Had myself a little cry. My first paycheque arrived on Friday so my husband and I were finally able to go out for dinner to celebrate my achievements…I can’t recall the last time we had a date…it was truly wonderful quality time spent together. Not to forget the activities we will be able to offer our 9 year old daughter Lily, and vacation time spent together as a family. This moment is finally here. And I’m absolutely in love with my job!! I feel blessed and grateful beyond that I get to do what I do and be able to help people along the way. It’s win-win.

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    • Julia Manuel says:

      And how are doing??


  4. smilecalm says:

    wishing you happiness
    in new beginnings!
    may those receiving your services
    experience joy & well being πŸ™‚

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    • Julia Manuel says:

      Thank you so much, my friend. Wonderful to hear from you 🌻
      I am over the moon happy! This feels amazing. My clients appear to be very happy and they’ve been so kind and open offering their positive feedback. To know they feel better walking out than they did walking in is the reason I’m doing what I do.
      And how are you this fine day?


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