Thank you!

A huge thank you to those who have inspired me to push myself outside my comfort zone. I am a happier, more satisfied human being than I ever thought possible. For me, this business venture was not the beginning of my heart transformation, but it was the beginning of me finding and understanding my passion and finding my business instincts again. When that happens, “Wow – look out!” The law of attraction opened up and everyone I needed showed up. The beginning of my transformation began at a fantastic women’s event in Vancouver, British Columbia.

I have been fortunate in my life to be touched and loved by so many people, but there are some folks that I call “Inspirational Leaders” who have the power to help change others through their own self-knowledge and inner peace, a peace that only comes from taking the time and doing the tough work to find your authentic self. Only then can you truly inspire others.

Danielle Laport is one of those gems. She has inspired me in many ways. I remember hearing her speak at the women’s event I attended. My body began to tremble and I realized I had a lot of stuff I needed to get unstuck to become the person I so wanted to be. Danielle has been my loving, caring and sharp-as-a-tack business adviser, and I love the fire-starter sessions we have had. I trust her wholeheartedly, her intuition is uncanny and I thank her for all the amazing resources she has given me. I will forever be her biggest fan.

Todd, my mentor and best friend, with whom I get to live the rest of my life, guides my innovative mind and gives me the freedom to do what I need to do. I am truly blessed to have someone love me that much. We are a great team! I love you and I am truly blessed to have the life I have.

My mother, who said regularly to me and my siblings, “Do not waste your time with those who do not make you feel good about yourself.” I did not understand how important those words were until about 2 years ago. How we allow people to affect our lives is our choice. That is power. Her loving and supportive nature, her way of always seeing life through rose coloured glasses — I could never have accomplished this project without her, as she spent her precious time looking after my three awesome children as I journeyed back and forth to Vancouver Island from Kelowna to get Love This Place ready. She is truly one of a kind.

My amazingly creative design team:

Sarah Bray. I have such a beautiful site, as you can see, because of her.

Kelly Parkinson, who made this site so authentically me.

Jennifer Lee of Right Brain Business Plan who offered a fantastic course which opened me up to so many possibilities.

Pamela Wise of Premiere Talent Management - the best girlfriend, mentor and life teacher I ever had. She is my biggest fan. Thank you for your help and input whenever I needed it.

Judy McCallum, my editor, friend and mother-in-law, who should quit her job and follow her passion to write! Never too late to start! “Grandma Moses began painting when she was 80, completed 1,500 paintings after that, and 25 percent were completed after she was 100 years old! It’s never too late to rediscover your true calling.” I read about Grandma Moses,in one of Lance Secretan’s books. Her support has been motivating.

Alec Watson for his amazing photography of the house.

Suzanne Teresa for my great head shot.

Tony Puerzer for the fantastic Virtual Tour of the house.

Kelvie Barker of West Bay Design for helping me with my design vision for the house.

I must thank God, Bhudda, the Universe, and all things loving and beautiful, as well as all my friends and family who have taught me so much about myself, good and bad, through this process. I am ready to fly!


  1. Posted July 4, 2010 at 3:49 am | Permalink

    Marlies, wow, what an absolutely beautiful site! You are a fantastic writer and you can reach out and touch people with your words, what a gift. Your place is amazing and I know it will be extremely successful for you. Thanks for sharing your words and experience on your site. Great job!!
    Diana, Nanaimo

  2. admin
    Posted July 4, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Diana, I appreciate your kind words.

  3. Jamie Hagarty-Rogers
    Posted July 7, 2010 at 3:03 am | Permalink

    Hello Marlies,
    This site is fantastic. When reading about the love felt in the house it brought me back to the times I spent there housesitting for you guys. I could definitely feel the love emanating. It is wonderful that you are able to share that place with others. I know that anyone who stays there will never want to leave.
    Congratulations and I hope you and the family are doing well.


  4. admin
    Posted July 7, 2010 at 4:46 am | Permalink

    Thank you Jamie. We are all doing great!

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