A Shark’s Tale
A Shark’s Tale is the true story of Mia Shark: Original Digital Nomad, Entrepreneur, Tech CEO, Business Coach, and Teacher.
This is a story of a girl going from a homeless 16-year old to a celebrated entrepreneur that has now built a 5 Million Dollar empire simply because she would never give up!
Go with us through the pain, the success, the achievements & struggles that only a lifetime of extraordinary circumstances could create.
If this Shark can do it, YOU can do it too!
The Perfect Family
No one has a perfect life as much as we try to make it appear as such. At the age of 16 I found myself homeless on the streets of Toronto. My father was not a good man, I was sick of the abuse and so I left. In my last year of high school, I worked full time as a waitress and a sales associate, completed grade 12 (with honors!) and got into the college of my dreams! I knew if I worked hard enough, I could still achieve my dreams despite my crappy situation! AND I DID!
PM in Toronto
Using my Software Development Project Management Degree, I very quickly discovered working for someone else’s startup was not what I wanted. I wanted my own! Years later I realized that working on our first startups that turned into BaseCamp and Etsy, might have been a good thing to stick around on. Alas, hindsight is 20/20!
Banff World Media Festival
I got my LAST JOB planning the Banff World Media Festival and remembered how much I loved planning events! But in this job, I realized that I could never work for anyone again for a couple reasons:
- My pay was not remotely close to what it needed to be to make a real life!
- 9 – 5 more like 7 – 6 and had me in chains – sleep, work, eat, sleep is not a life I wanted!
- I couldn’t change the world, I couldn’t even improve the event because of all the red corporate tape!
My FIRST Company!
I decided that I was going to open my own business! It was the best Decision of my LIFE!!!
So I got a job as a night auditor working 7 PM – 7 AM (cuz a gurl’s gotta make $$$!) during which time I learned and research EVERYTHING I could about event planning, contacting every vendor in the area and building my website. Every morning I went home and slept for 3 hours then went out to meetings meeting everyone in the industry. This went on for 5 months until I got my first wedding and happily said, I resign for first and last time!
Saving Puppies & Bunnies in Canmore
Life was going fantastic! The community helped me grow and I wanted to give back! I got involved with Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue and founded the Save the Bunnies Campaign.
We were able to save hundreds of thousands of bunnies and I happen to fall in love with one of the dogs I rescued.
I was so happy and literally bubbling with love when a little puppy that we rescued as part of Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue looked at me and would just not let go of my heart! He’s actually helping me write this story right now! I am so grateful for my old puppyman. He’s traveled the world with me the whole time and has been a constant source of love!
My heart almost broke when Kali was diagnosed with Distemper. I was told that I had to put him down. There is absolutely NO WAY I was going to let that happen! So after a week solid of research and 0 sleep, I drove 30 hours to New Mexico for an experimental treatment. IT WORKED!!! Kali’s story is told best by Ed Bond in his book “Save Dogs From Distemper”. Kali’s story has helped save countless animals lives to date! I am SO glad I didn’t give up on him!
Becoming a Celebrity Wedding Planner!
With my wedding company thriving and lifting my status to Celebrity Wedding Planner, I opened a décor rentals company to go with my planning & design business. Business #2 was open and thriving!! We won a bunch of awards but my favorite was being featured on the cover of Luxe Mountain Weddings!!! It was such an honor to be chosen out of thousands of weddings to grace the cover of one of the industries most prestigious magazines!!!
Life was fantastic!! I was a successful wedding planner, I was completely in love with a wonderful man and an adorable puppy! I couldn’t be happier until we found out our sister had cancer… This is a story I cannot bring myself to write quite yet, but I can be so grateful for this beautiful woman! Caroline helped me grow up babysitting for us, working at my mom’s company, raising two beautiful boys and shining love and life upon the world with her every waking moment. Caroline, you were one of the most beautiful souls I have ever met and I miss you every single day. You remind me to be grateful for my health, my life, my everything because someday I won’t be so lucky.
Something New… Ironically
Long story short, while I was away, my business manager, Danielle Demasson, decided to steal my company – literally!
Clients, vendors, my business model, money and even named the company “Something New” – Ironic? Well, this was the one and the only lesson I needed to learn never to trust your employees too much… needless to say, I was not impressed with having to fly back immediately and clean up the mess she made.
I learned a very valuable lesson. 1. Never trust anyone with all your cards 2. If you’re a great teacher, you’re bound to get employees that go off on their own! … I thought about starting to suck at teaching, tried it, it didn’t work… guess I was born to pass along my knowledge!
Burnt to On FIRE!
After getting burnt so badly by a dear friend and business manager, I could have thrown in the towel and just got another job, but of course, that is not something I would do!
“When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.”-Franklin D. Roosevelt
Everything turned out great in the end after a lot of clean up and hard work! We had our biggest year EVER, my broken heart was put back together by my future husband and life was amazing again!
My (not so) Happily Ever After…
I guess not all love stories are meant to have a happily ever after…
After a very similar experience that I had with my father 10 years earlier, I learned that one does attract someone like their parents if you are not self-aware. I needed to become self-aware! And so that’s exactly what Kaliber and I did.
Following my heart as usual and in an unusual turn of events during a conversation at a bar, I decided to open my FOURTH BUSINESS a Sustainably Caught Seafood Restaurant: Offshore because I loved cooking and loved teaching people about the ocean as a new PADI Staff Instructor!
With Offshore no longer taking up my entire life, the timing of my little sister’s phone call could not have been better!!! Tracy called me one day out of the blue and said “Mia, I want to open a division of your Wedding Planning Company so I can make money as a stay at home mom!”
How could I turn my little sister down? So together we started out on a journey to expand!
The Bridezilla Generation
In 2017 I learned A LOT! There are some incredible new wedding scams out there that cost me ~$20K. (wedding scam video coming soon!!) Our new generation of brides expects us to answer them immediately. They expect champagne on a beer budget. Our industry is over saturated. Our old way of doing things is going to make us go extinct if we don’t evolve!
By the end of our busiest season EVER I was tired… although we had 99% amazing clients there were 3 clients who constantly ruined the entire experience for me. I LOVE helping people, but the scams made the business not profitable or positive. I decided to hang up my wedding shoes and pursue EVENT2!
My wedding planning career ended with a bang with these two beautiful brides, Joelle & Kara who ensured that I left this chapter of my life with love and happiness! Thank you ladies <3
It was the hardest decision of my life, but I knew the wedding industry needed EVENT2 more than it needed a Celebrity Wedding Planner. My goal has always been to bring as many dreams to life as I can! With the EVENT2 platform, I can teach and enable event professionals to make more dreams come to life and help guide brides & grooms through a rewarding wedding planning process.
Celebrating a New Partnership
Young Professional of the Year Award
I was absolutely honored to be nominated for Young Professional of the Year by Pacific Edge! For my work on EVENT2. Although the Hawaiian Eye Foundation who gives sight back to people who are in need won, it was still an absolute honor to be nominated among such amazing wonderful people changing the world!
2018 Best Tech Startups
In late February 2018, I received a really amazing phone call telling me that EVENT2 had been chosen as one of The Tech Tribune’s 2018 Best Tech Startups in Honolulu! It appeared my hard work on EVENT2 was paying off and I was so honored to even be considered!!!
EVENT2 – BETA Startup @ Collision
The Launch of EVENT2 was scheduled for May 2018 as a Featured BETA Startup at Collision in New Orleans! Of course, we never made it there…
The End of an Era
In April 2018 I was faced with the biggest decision of my life…1. take a Series A round and continue to grow EVENT2 — OR — 2. take an offer from a competitor to purchase the tech and put my lightspeed startup to bed?
After a LOT of thought, I determined what would make me happy: Helping people every day! As much as I loved EVENT2 and the wedding industry, after 11 years of the grind I knew it was my time to give back to other entrepreneurs.
On April 6 2018, the papers were signed and I picked up a check. EVENT2 was adopted into history and a new chapter in my life was about to begin!
Becoming a NINJA!
After traveling the world and having a good hard look at my life, I discovered a trend:
1. I loved to teach and help people
2. I was particularly good at business.
As one of the original digital nomads, I knew I had to give back because with the knowledge that I could share for free I could help thousands of people free themselves financially and from their 9 – 5s!
So I teamed up with Kevin David in a masterclass!!!
The CBD Journey
An eye-opening masterclass with Kevin David & some of the other industry leaders changed my life!
My path was clear & I was on a mission! I set out to grow my ecom empire – specializing in CBD which has a special place in my heart for helping those I love!
… Little did I know that CBD was the hardest thing I could have chosen!
I am proud to announce the launch of my latest company Kaliber Health! Kaliber Health provides the highest quality legal CBD products to the world via our online website KaliberHealth.com and our products can also be found in stores across the United States. I am proud to present an Affiliate Program to help online entrepreneurs capitalize on this hot industry!
Shark Life Media
Marketing CBD and Restricted Products was a huge mountain I had to climb all alone because there were no resources to help me along the way. After mastering this unique skill I set out to bring my knowledge to others who were struggling just like I did and bring the CBD community together with Shark Life Media!!
Shark Life Media offers Done-For-You Marketing Machines for Restricted Industries that you can send consistent paid traffic to enabling you to SCALE your business!!!
Secrets To Marketing In Restricted Industries
I wrote a book Secrets To Marketing In Restricted Industries to help others struggling with marketing & scaling their restricted business. [GET YOUR COPY HERE]
I soon came to realize tho that there were so many of us out there that I could not possibly help EVERYONE.
I needed a solution…
MY COURSE! CBD A-Z – How to Start, Build & Scale Your Restricted Business
I found the solution to helping as many people as I can! On April 2nd 2019 My Course CBD A-Z – How to Start, Build & Scale Your Restricted Business will launch!!
It covers everything you need to know about starting, building and growing an ecom business in a restricted industry!
If you are reading this chances are you are into making money online and I want to know what you want to learn! TELL ME HERE!!!