I attended college for 3 years and attempted an advanced diploma in videogame programming. I found not enough people were successful in my program and very few people graduated from previous generations. So I decided to switch to a simpler diploma, recycled my credits part-time for 2 years, and achieved a computer programmer diploma. After graduation, I had a few contract jobs in the field of web development and an Internship in Intranet design. I found it very difficult in finding a secure position that would keep me employed permanently. I began to feel I needed something to go with my programming skills like marketing or banking.
Not finding much luck in a saturated field, my mother, who has both a floral design background and work experience in custom design, suggested I work a seasonal position at her garden centre to try something new. Learning how to care for plants and having customers share pictures of their gardens helped me rediscover the patience and devotion that true art encompasses. After my seasonal position ended, one summer day, my mother and I sat outside in our garden. We discussed our love for antiques and how much fun it would be to combine them with plants.