How a Silly Facebook Quiz Changed My Life

Here is the story of how I started Northern Lights Home Staging and Design.

You never know when inspiration will hit. The question is, will you take action and do something about it?

Mary Ann Benoit - President of Northern Lights Home Staging and Design
Mary Ann Benoit – President of Northern Lights Home Staging and Design

My  inspiration came in a surprising way, from one of those silly “Facebook” quizzes. You know, one of those games that tell you who you were in a past life or what your handwriting says about you etc. One day I played “What is your true profession”. The answer was “Designer”. Whoa! This made me take a step back and think.

I have been working as a wildlife biologist for the last 25 years, but before that had gone to school and gotten a degree in Interior Design. It was a passion I have always had, but after the degree decided to pursue traveling and other things. Life got in the way and I never did much with it besides a few jobs, designing my own houses or helping friends.

I pursued another degree in biology and took another path. Working as a wildlife biologist, although I love animals, I never felt happier than when I was doing something creative.

Over time, creative pursuits such as dance, music and art took on more importance in my life. Thoughts of starting another business (I currently have a Bed and Breakfast) were in the back of my mind without a real idea of what it would be, just that I wanted something that would bring more fulfillment to my life. When I got “Designer” as the answer to my true profession, I thought about that path not taken and wondered how my life would be now if I had chosen that path years ago. I do not know if it would have been the wiser choice, or if everything I have done was just preparing me for that path now, but something about that quiz totally spurred me to action! Why not now?

And so my new business, Northern Lights Home Staging and Design was born.

And while I still work as a wildlife biologist and continue to operate my B&B, I am thrilled to have this new adventure in my life and so glad I took action!!

What inspires you and have you taken action? Whether it is to start a new business, change your existing business, start a new path or hobby… I hope inspiration finds you and you jump in and act on it!

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Mary Ann Benoit

President- Northern Lights Home Staging and Design Owner- Arctic Paradise Bed and Breakfast Artist- Stained Glass, Jewelry and Alcohol Ink Art Wildlife Biologist Director- Kaleido World Percussion and Dance Company Director- Tavus Dance Company of Alaska Lover of music, art, dance and animals.

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