Tales from the D-Side: Kim Hall

September 26, 2016
Leisha Murphy
"THINGS WILL HAPPEN ON THE OTHER SIDE OF DIVORCE YOU NEVER THOUGHT WERE POSSIBLE, AND THEY'LL ACTUALLY BE WONDERFUL”

Connect Family Law's Divorce Salons are a powerful part of the firm’s Progressive Family Law approach. These casual, confidential gatherings bring a community together to share stories and insights on the divorce transformation. 

Kim Hall, Founder/ Owner of Physio2U, was a speaker at our recent September 2016 Salon "Women Rebooting their career after Divorce.” 

We chatted with her after the event. 

Give us a snapshot of why your work life changed as a result of your divorce? 

My former husband and I were married for 10 years. We divorced about five years ago.

In our marriage, I had a strong dream for my life and that dream had been torn to shreds. Suddenly, I had to dream a new dream and, because we didn’t have kids, all doors were wide open. 

I was driven by the desire to live in the city. I grew up here; I absolutely love Vancouver. My previous job as a Physiotherapist had me in a union position in a hostile workplace with a capped wage. It just wouldn’t work for my new vision of life. What I really needed was more time and more income to stay here. 

So I moved on. In my case, this felt like taking a chance.

So you launched a brand new business? 

Yes, in 2012. It’s called Physio2U. We provide in-home physiotherapy which helps make physio accessible to all. Our motto is "Empower lives" - not only our clients’ lives, but also those of their family members and caregivers, and our own therapists. It has been a great success. 

Why this venture? 

I knew that physio was all about restoring quality of life: giving hope after disease or injury. In a way, physio is similar to my starting this business, which was a way to help others and restore my life.  

I am both creative and logical. Physio feeds my science-based side and running my own business satisfies the creative right brain. 

I also knew that setting my own schedule was key. It can be so rewarding and freeing. It’s that way for me and the Physio2U therapists now.   

What words of advice would you give to other divorcing women in career transition? 

It is important to remember you can reinvent your life. You don’t have to accept the status quo. Anything is possible.

In your hardest times, just dig out a notebook and start drawing. Draw what you had, then draw what you want in your future. You have to learn to “re-dream”. It’s key. 

You almost sound grateful for your divorce? 

No... it was so painful, but I made the best out of a horrible situation. My new career, my business, was born out of this transition. 

I am not grateful, but I could say I am thankful. The divorce gave me the opportunity to improve my life and the lives of others. 

How can our community at Connect Family Law connect with your business?  

Check out our Instagram feed here. It’s really fun! You’ll see Connect’s Simon Kent there adjusting his posture. 

And of course, through our website, www.Physio2U.ca  

Kudos to Kim

Kim is a finalist in the 2016 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards for Micro Business. Congrats, Kim!

 

Leisha Murphy
Leisha Murphy
Partner (Vancouver)
Connect Family Law

Leisha has practised exclusively in the area of family law since being called to the British Columbia Bar in 2010. Before opening Connect Family Law in 2015, she practiced in the family law group of a leading British Columbia law firm.