Hello & Welcome!
This site is dedicated to helping you pursue your passion and bring your vision to the world. My name is Vera Raposo and I have always been an entrepreneur since I was a child and by the time I was 20 I had a registered business here in Vancouver, BC. We also have several entrepreneurs in my family including my cousin Robert Wood who is not the only painter in his family, his father was and so was his grandfather.
Here’s a picture with my cousin Robert Wood and my Mom, it was incredible to meet Robert and we are already super close. He feels more like a brother to me, the connection is beautiful!
One of these days I will detail out my entire entrepreneurial history for you but for now, here’s a few tidbits…
My Entrepreneurial History
I have been an entrepreneur since 1996 owning 5 retail stores across the Lower Mainland here in Vancouver, BC. It was a great experience and an incredible foundation in business at a very young age. I signed my first least for my first store at age 21, I was super proud of myself because it was the first one I negotiated.
Here’s a picture of the night before my first store opened, right after this picture was when we put the store sign up. We had pizza and pop for family and friends that night, this picture sure takes me back.
This was July 1997.
In the midst of owning 5 stores I also had 3 children who were growing up before my eyes.
One night when I came home there was a small piece of paper on the living room floor that said, “Mommy, when are you ever going to come home.” That particular night I came home at 10pm. I was completely heartbroken.
I knew that it was time for a change… I remember thinking that this wasn’t the “dream” that I signed up for.
So by the time I was 32, I sold my last store location in 2007.
In 2004 I discovered internet marketing and started building my online business in the scrapbook market. I created a membership site, I was selling information products and loving my new venture. By the time my last retail store sold my online business was making a full time income and ready to carry my family into the future.
I love to inspire people to pursue their passion and bringing their vision to the world. You can also see my own personal growth in this life at my site MySecretAwakening.com where I interview different people who inspire and motivate me to be the woman that God created me to be.
One of my clients: Al Lamons
I helped him re-brand his business and pretty much “run everything” now as he tends to tell people who we meet (lol)
It’s a joy to be part of such a fun business at Alibaba Entertainment Ltd. and a huge blessing to be part of Friends United Beyond All Race Inc. where we raise funds every year for Make-A-Wish BC/Yukon.
We are amazing friends now and even recorded a chat we had about going for your entrepreneurial dreams.
I hope it inspires you!
My Personal Side
I currently grow in my life by serving in different areas at Relate Church. I love my church and I will do all I can to help it reach the community and the world.
I spend Monday nights at my church studying the Bible for the last 5 years and have recently graduated from the “Relate Church Ministry School” Hillsong Course.
God created me with a unique ability to be able to build things from nothing, create income around it and support my family. I want to be a “tool” in your virtual “tool belt.” I want to give you the motivation, the tools & the action steps you need to take in order to make this online business stuff work for you too.
In a very gentle, loving way.
In the meantime I’m working on my own personal growth, I’m actually kind of obsessed with it all. I even joined salsa lessons, here’s a picture of me with my salsa instructors.
You see, I know exactly what it feels like to doubt yourself in this, to not have family support you and how lonely it truly can be as an entrepreneur. I am here for you and I pray my weekly videos, interviews, blog posts and more help you in your own journey to inspire your creativity & give you tools that you need to share your message with the world.
I wish you the best day ever!