Lisamarie Johnston - Animal Lover. Bookworm. Travel nut. History nerd. Business Support Specialist.
The path to starting my own business has been windy, full of interesting diversions and never boring. I have always dreamed of being an entrepreneur. The challenges, independence and satisfaction of being self-employed has always appealed to me. I was able to realise that dream after moving to Houston, BC in 2016. This move was an impulsive, daring adventure brought on by not knowing what I want to do with my life but knowing that it wasn't working for a corporate company that was all about the bottom line. When I returned home to Vancouver, I was now armed with a PURPOSE in my professional life.
“Pay attention to the things you are naturally drawn to. They are often connected to your path, passion, and purpose in life. Have the courage to follow them.”
Ruben Chavez was on to something with that quote - I've always been drawn to nature and animals and the people who share my love of them. When I started Diverse Office Solutions, I never dreamed that I would be able to combine my love of the geekier aspects of business with my passion for animals - but that's exactly what I've done. My satisfaction comes from helping my clients achieve their best by polishing their writing, designing websites that make them SHINE and giving them more time to do the things that are truly important to them - who doesn't want more time with their family and four-legged friends? I thrive on the challenge of “How can we make this better, more efficient and more straightforward?”
I believe that having a partner in business who not only understands your innate passion and needs because they share those, but who has the skills to showcase your expertise in a way that brings you success in all areas - not just financially, but in purpose, passion and a quality life - is the best way forward. I consider myself not just someone providing a service for my clients, but a sounding board when needed, a partner in your success and a cheerleader.