Today was the last day of my Benjamin Moore life.
In 2002, only days after graduating from the Pacific Design Academy, I was hired by Lori McNalley to work at Styles Paints (Benjamin Moore). Doors opened for me. I taught faux-finishing seminars, designed a hair salon, wrote articles in the newspaper, redesigned a sushi restaurant, stared/hosted 30 episodes of five minute design shows on A channel, started doing in home colour consultations, won $500 for a French Country display, etc.

Two years later, Styles Paints changed hands and became Pacific Paints’ third Victoria location. I’m not going to lie, the change did not come very easily to me at the time. After a few months, I warmed up to my new crew whom, today, I consider family members.

In 2006ish, I had spun my world into a web of confusion. I packed up everything and moved to Langley for a new life. Highly recommended by my Victoria Benjamin Moore people, I was hired by Earle Lee to work at his two Langley Decorating locations. Woah, what a blast. I immediately took to the Lee family. I lived and worked with them as if I was a Lee myself. Their daughter, Jaymie, and I even lived in Mexico together off and on for a year!

Missing my mother, I moved back to Victoria in 2008. Pacific Paints welcomed me with open arms. Work place friendships became stronger as my house was dawned the “dinner party and crafts house”. Book club was started, coworker and best friend of mine, Carla, travelled Europe together (7 countries in 6 weeks), 85% of my wedding guests were coworkers, etc. We are a tight knit group.

May 4th, 2012, is my last day as Benjamin Moore girl. My lovely manger, Shona, and fantastic sales rep who has known me since day one ( I was 18 years old at the time), David, took me out for one last lunch. We laughed lots and almost cried a few times. It was simply perfect.

Thank you for everything Benjamin Moore people, it’s now time I venture into the unknown.