This space represents the culmination of 20 years of illness, 10 years of a dissatisfying career, and 5 years of dedication to personal growth, learning, and development (here's to many more!). It represents a monumental culling of struggle, yet a humble beginning to what I believe to be a promising future. It is the end of squandered potential and the validated start to my career as a schizophrenic entrepreneur.
As of the writing for this page, I mark the 15th anniversary of being diagnosed with schizophrenia. To me, this studio is an achievement and a gift. An achievement from my dedication to constantly striving to better myself, and a gift from the endless list of people who supported me on path to a better future through the careful management of my schizophrenia. If my illness hadn't been caught early by the Foothills Hospital's PRIME program in Calgary, I'm not sure where I'd be now. If I didn't have the loving support of my family, I'm not sure where I'd be now. If I hadn't met Rob Sacks and received an endless stream of advice about diet, exercise, graphic design, software development, spirituality (and so much more), I don't know where I'd be now.
Because of all of this support, I have been able to put myself in my life long dream of being self-employed. I have complete freedom and independence over when I show up to work, when I want to get things done, how to do them, and having the knowledge, expertise, and confidence that commands respect from my clients, colleagues, and peers. Best of all, I have a space to call my own, both physically online; Ian's Studio and ians.studio.
I have received so much, and I am eternally grateful for all of it. As part of that gratitude, my number one goal right now is to utilize what has been given to me to build myself up even more. I want to create success for myself so that I may one day be equipped to build others up as much as I can, on a scale as large as possible. I am documenting this process on my blog, and I invite you to join me along for the ride.
Ian Rand McKenzie
(I didn't ask permission to post this photo of the person, so they are edited out until I have permission)