They say it takes a village to raise a child. For Sharon, one of the owners of Om Sweet Om Guest House in Roberts Creek, these words couldn’t resonate more.
The seventeen-year Sunshine Coast resident is a mother of a 10-year-old and a 10-month-old newborn. This tight-knit community has had a hand in supporting her every step of the way.
“It’s very friendly and safe. My son rides his bike to school and I don’t think about it or worry about it,” she says.”I know he has his route or he sometimes will ride with a friend or sometimes he rides on his own.”
Like many residents of The Coast, Sharon and her husband, Dallas, have several income streams. Sharon is a yoga and fitness instructor, as well as a Thai masseuse. Dallas has his own excavating company. They both own and manage the Airbnb.
The Om Sweet Om Guest House is an intimate spa-like setting tucked in the back of their Roberts Creek property. With its cozy rustic aesthetic, access to a massage with Sharon a hot tub and access to Sharon’s on-site yoga and fitness studio, Om Sweet Om is the perfect setting for a romantic couple’s retreat or a girls getaway.
The Creek, as it’s affectionately referred to by locals, is close to beaches, waterfalls, hiking trails, mountain biking, and great restaurants in both Sechelt and Gibsons. In fact, there’s even a waterfall a short walk from the iconic Gumboot Cafe!
The romantic Roberts Creek community, coupled with the zen surroundings of the Om Sweet Om Guest House are a huge draw for repeat customers, many of whom Sharon and Dallas now call friends.
Having now spent nearly two decades on The Coast, Sharon has seen the region evolve.
“It’s really developed since I moved here - especially Gibsons and Sechelt,” she says. “It’s really expanded. But I think it’s a great thing. I’m really happy that all the new families are moving over. And all of the restaurants that are popping up.”
When she transitioned her fitness business from part-time in Vancouver to full-time on the Sunshine Coast, Sharon’s connection with the community deepened.
“I have to say that when I decided to shift my business over to the coast, it was first a move to just get to know people,” she explains. “And that turned into expanding my business. And, because of that, everywhere I go I run into people who I’ve helped in some way or created a friendship That would be the reason I love living here is the community and the kindness and the way people are.”
While the Sunshine Coast has experienced a rebirth over the last few years, some things remain the same. Sharon’s favourite place to visit and reflect is the Roberts Creek pier. Standing there, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, she made the decision to move to Roberts Creek 17 years ago - and it was in this same place she and Dallas married a year ago.
Next time you visit, take a stroll out onto the pier. You just might find your very own zen moment.
I just so happen to be running my Test Drive The Coast Contest this month! Enter to win one of 2, two-nights stay in the Om Sweet Om Guesthouse OR Sandy’s Hook Waterfront Suite, plus a $100 gift certificate to Drift Cafe and Bistro and a 100 gift certificate to Buono Osteria. Just LIKE my Facebook Page and comment on the post to enter!