We’re featuring COVID Survival Stories of businesses in our Fiore3 Mentor Group that have overcome, pivoted, and hung on for dear life during the pandemic.
I would first like to thank Alessandra Desiderio, for allowing me a chance to tell my story. The respect I have for her is never-ending.
My name is Carole Beauvais and I’m a professional contemporary artist. My website is carolebeauvais.com. My career started at the age of 16 by selling 3 art pieces, 2 of which were commissions from a large agriculture company in Ontario, Canada. At that age, the sales had made a huge impact on me and my family.
My father had passed away the year prior, I was the oldest of 4 girls. My father’s biggest lesson to me was to not let our life circumstance determine who I was. He always taught me to go for what I wanted and who I wanted to be in life.
I moved to Vancouver when I was 18 with my boyfriend at the time. It was supposed to be a long summer vacation, but instead, I applied last minute to a 2 year College program. After the 2 year program, I ran to Montreal to get my bachelor’s degree In Fine Arts and to get away from a physically abusive relationship.
I moved around between LA and Montreal and worked on my career as an artist with the restaurant business as my security blanket.
We went through many difficulties, my mother worked 2 full-time jobs. During the day, she took care of kids, and at night she cleaned up schools. She was a strong woman whom I looked up to. She always did things to the best of her judgment, and she gave all she could to provide for us and to give us a better life.
I have played the piano since the age of 10 and doing art allowed my soul to speak. It’s what made me realize that being an artist was embedded in my DNA and that it played a very big part of me; I endlessly found myself being in a state and space of creation. My hunger for it was insatiable. I moved 16 times in 18 years, and I think this was the reason I was able to develop the ability to adapt so easily. As an adult, I have lived in Vancouver, Montreal, Los Angeles, and now in the Toronto Area. I had built and nurtured relationships. Some greater than others, some taught me lessons. And one of the most challenging experiences that I had to endure was having to experience how alcoholism had adversely affected and almost ruined the lives of some of the most important people in my life.
I am so grateful for my children, Brianna, and Brando. I truly believe in miracles and that I am very lucky to be their mom. I had to go through pregnancy 6 times to be able to have them. I was on bed rest for 6 months with Brando. It was a difficult pregnancy but I wanted more than anything to be a mom.
My relationship with my husband has not been an easy one. He comes from a family who valued old traditions and lived in fear of losing their wealth and control. I was angry for so long, as I couldn’t understand. But now, I see how fear takes away freedom. I see how fear was our biggest enemy. As we have been treated unfairly for a number of times that I could barely remember, now I understand why my soul has been longing for freedom more than anything. The freedom to create our lives and to be fully expressed.
My husband comes from a family business in the restaurant industry. His father was an immigrant (Sicilian) who succeeded in business and I clearly saw that his fear of losing took so much away from him and it destroyed his family. With great respect, my husband left his family business as he wanted the freedom to be his own person. It was difficult and a lot of personal growth was needed.
That’s when I started to look at myself in pursuit of self-discovery- I knew that I needed to grow into the person I want to be. I believe that we are all perfect, but in order to step into our greatness, we have to be able to unlock our truest and most authentic version of ourselves. This is necessary in order to grow into a person who can lead a movement that can create and contribute on a global scale. I believe that there are two choices in life: to be a victim or be a victor. I know I can really create and it’s so much more powerful than being a victim. I don’t want to survive this life but I want to live it to the fullest and live to see my vision manifest in this world.
We built a restaurant from ground-up. My husband and I decided to grow a business together. I truly believe that when you choose yourself and you have a vision, in the end, you will always succeed so long as you don’t quit.
Throughout the years, in and around the hustle and grind of everyday life, I have forgotten to leave space for life, God, and the universe. I made decisions without really being aligned with my vision and purpose. It’s funny how life has its ways of teaching us lessons.
We are Canadian, and we had an E-2 visa for our restaurant. When you have an E2 visa, you have to renew your visa every 2 years. One-time, because of an error that was overlooked, my husband lost his visa. He stayed in Canada for a little less than 2 years as we waited for the paperwork to be resolved. But to our awakening, the universe had its way of re-introducing us to our destiny. Sometimes, you just have to run with the flow and roll with the punches. We learned to trust the process and accept what the universe has to offer. Life happens for us, and not to us— and as life unfolded each day, I began to realize that life, God, and the universe had other plans for us. We came back to Canada to be together as a family.
I love the restaurant business, and that’s what my husband and I knew besides my art. Some say I should only do my art as I do sell very regularly but I strongly believe in creating different sources of income. To stop my art would be like cutting off my arms. I also love business, I love being in a space of creation as I put a business together— it’s like a jigsaw puzzle and I get an unbelievable sense of high at it. Also, being an artist is a very lonely career. I love people and being around them keeps me ticking. I also love empowering people and I will always stand for people to reach their full potential and to go for their dreams.
After two weeks back in Canada, a friend of mine, someone whom I respected and loved as a family, had called me and my husband. That call took a life-altering turn for my family. After having been home for hardly 10 days (after not being with my husband for almost 2 years), I found myself accepting an invitation from my friend to go see this business in San Jose. Interestingly enough, prior to that call and prior to witnessing that event, I had a list of things that I had asked life to give to me:
- I wanted to have full control of my time.
- I wanted to experience full freedom so I could travel and work from anywhere.
- I wanted to continue homeschooling my kids.
- I wanted to build and leave a legacy behind for my kids and for my family tree.
- I wanted to help more people to be able to give more of myself to people.
- I wanted a new adventure that can be in full alignment with my art, my soul.
- I wanted a venture and a project that can never be taken away from me.
Low and behold, during that long weekend, I cried, I laughed and all my emotions came to the surface and I knew I was in the right place. I felt that all the difficulties that we had experienced in the past all conspired for this single event in my life. It was perfect for me and I don’t think I could have seen the true value of it and it was actually what I wanted in my life but I didn’t know it excited me. See, I love the restaurant business, to create a special evening between loved ones. I love people but we felt that we were slaves to our business. I had a dream to be able to bring my kids to Italy for 2 -3 months so they could experience part of their culture.
Life to me should be fun, I want to be fully happy. I believe we need to feel fulfilled. So, I got an increased awareness of the message that life, God, and the universe had been communicating to me all this time. After being fully immersed in that business event back in 2018, my husband and I have entered into a global venture with my friend and his wife. We made a commitment to boldly enter into an even deeper level of entrepreneurship which embodied personal development, spirituality, business, and above all, to be in alignment with my soul and my purpose, which was my art.
I was praying for Freedom, and it was given to me. I believe we can create the life we want. We just need to be open and not resist. I learned to stop living in Fear because Fear is the enemy of Freedom.
Now, my husband and I have become one of the Senior Executives of a company that creates, breathes, and thrives in empowerment. It didn’t take me long to realize that this global venture was, in itself, a personal development program with a compensation plan. I get to be a blessing for people who are also in pursuit of a fulfilled and purpose-driven life through entrepreneurship. I help people save money on their utility bills in 27 countries and counting. I mentor people on how to run their businesses online, and above all, we get to feed children all around the world through our partnerships with local food banks and Project feeding Kids.
When my father passed away, we needed our community to help us. I am so grateful for the help we got. So you can see why a program like this means the world to me. I trust life, God, and the universe— I never lost faith. They have my back and who I want to be in this world is to be a servant. I love helping people pursue their goals in life with a burning desire. I believe in equal opportunity for anyone who is willing. I believe in creating a community of uplifting and empowered individuals, who constantly show me the kindness and goodness in every human soul.
If you are looking for a way to make a change in the world, or even just to add something in your life as you seek out your purpose, let me know. Let’s connect and co-create the world and the life that we all aspire to live in. I am all about living a purpose-fulfilled life.
When it comes to the societal role of the pandemic, it’s important we take measures to slowly open the economy, we are nowhere near to “business as usual” quite yet.
“What we’re trying to figure out is what the acceptable NEW NORMAL for our society will be,”
I count my blessings every day that I own a “zoom-based” global enterprise from home, marketing essential services in 27 countries, and all I need is a laptop and an internet connection. In addition, when I look at and observe the global economic climate since the outbreak of the pandemic, I literally say to myself in the morning: “ Who else could I bless today?” Our platform works side by side with Feeding America and Food Banks of Canada here in North America— I feel blessed that we get to create hope as we provide more and more meals for children.
When my family and I came back to Canada, my husband and I were invited to spearhead the opening of a new Restaurant (food chain) Franchise that just launched in California. However, since we already felt the decline in the stability and profit margin in the restaurant industry, which was already evident even before the pandemic shutdown, we respectfully declined the invitation. It’s very unfortunate that most of these smaller businesses will not be able to endure this. It’s sad, as most of them have put their life savings into a dream, with the hope of building something for themselves and their families. The sad reality is that in the next 6 months, many more people will lose their jobs. We live our lives as a society thinking of “job security”, and I do believe that we are in denial to accept the fact that, there is no such thing as a “job security”. In fact, even with full-time jobs before the pandemic broke out, the majority of the families in the US were already struggling with household incomes being at least $400 short every single month. So the need for extra income was already there even before the COVID.
I am a very firm believer in living a life of full expression: “Do what you love and create every day!” Create a life that you want, build a sustainable residual income, and live a purpose-fulfilled life. I know that what I do is not for everyone, but I strongly believe that it’s the perfect vehicle for so many and I am blessed to have been gifted with a vision to see where the world is going with it. Everything is now being deeply immersed online— any industry with no online presence or audience will have zero chance of surviving and competing.
My company operates a global online platform, offering essential services in 27 countries (and counting) where you can virtually work from anywhere. So be it recession, pandemic, or any other form of economic meltdown, my family will always be protected and secure, and the best part is, we can be a major contributor towards ending childhood hunger in the world. What I see is that our company has now become a titan like the Amazon for essential services, and we are the #1 in the world at what we do!
I know that we are creators and that we have to let go of control. When the pandemic started, my team and I set out with a new mission, and we committed to helping 1 million families achieve financial freedom (#1MillionToFreedom) and that we were going to create and provide 2 million more meals via Project Feeding Kids (#2MillionMeals), and I am very proud to be a part of it. Together as one team, one community, and as one family, I have no doubt that we can accomplish this goal.
ONE MEAL cannot change the world, but NO MEALS, can.