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I think we would all benefit from reading each other’s memories of Jo and I look forward to sharing these (at least the kid appropriate ones :P) with Jolène and Dylan.
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With love and light. ❤
As a girl, you often take notice of all the other beauties at the club scene aka competition lol. Instantly, you take notice of Jo. She was older by only a few years but always had this infectious smile and had this amazing personality that you couldn't help but like her. Successful in real estate as well as starting Henkaa, what a powerhouse! Her kids was where she was most passionate about n we chatted about motherhood n the struggles while working full time. Happy 40th Jo and know that you are always remembered.
When Jo was pregnant with Jolène, I was so amazed at how she was able to keep up her energy, manage her business, and look so freakin fantastic at the same time. After she had Jolène, she managed to bounce back into shape just a few weeks after!! I was in awe, and given that I had just learned that I was pregnant, I picked her brain about a lot of things. She was kind enough to give me insight, and to share her advice with me about going on the confinement diet and eating/drinking traditional chinese foods. I'm admittedly a picky eater, and I had previously swore to myself that I would never do the confinement diet. She became my inspiration and I reluctantly did it, and with success! 😅 As it turns out.. eating ginger isn't all that bad, and it really does work!! Thanks Jo, for the pointers and encouragement! You are an inspiration in so many ways! Your legacy and spirit will live on forever in Stan, Jolène and Dylan💕😇 Happy 40th Birthday!! 🍰🍰🍰🍰🍰🍰🍰🍰~xox~
In University, whenever we would finish class, we'd walk home together as her house was on the way to my place. She had a Nintendo (the OG!) and she would invite me in to play. A few hours later, I'm getting in trouble for disappearing without telling anyone. :). That was 20 years ago! Over the years while I've lived in the UK, we've always kept in touch. Even though she wasn't there, she was there. It's hard to explain.
I remember meeting Joanna at Waterloo. We were in the same year but different programs, and had some overlap in friends. She was roommates with one of my good friends Grace, and dated someone whom I knew from high school (sorry Stan...😜). I didn't know her very well but I remember she always had a big smile on her face and seemed so positive and energetic. I remember finding out she was studying math and was like "oh damn, she's hot and super smart!" We crossed paths many times during the years at Waterloo - Fed hall, some restaurants at University Plaza, the occasional party here and there. We lost touch after university but remained Facebook friends where I watched Henkaa blossom from afar and felt inspired by seeing a woman-led business succeed. Learning more about Joanna through Stan has taught me that she was determined, compassionate, and above all, loving. Her memory will be kept alive through her friends and family....as long as you live, she too lives, for she is part of you. ❤
I vividly remember the summer Jo and I shared an apartment in Waterloo. One night she returned from a weekend in Toronto with leftover Peking duck and of course she insisted I eat it... so typical of Jo... always taking care of others... and of course, feeding people 😛
That summer she also helped me get a job waitressing at Seoul Soul (where my Waterloo people at?), where she was already working. That was some of the most fun I've ever had in a minimum wage job... we were never late for work because they always let us make a bowl of bibimbap before our shift 😜 All summer we begged the owners for their kalbi recipe, but they would NOT share it. But of course Jo worked her magic, and by the end of the summer she emailed me the recipe and it was like Christmas came early - we were so giddy! That was a great summer.
I think about you often Jo. I miss your big smile and your BIG JO ENERGY. You're always in my heart... xo Michelle ❤
One of my favourite memories of Jo is the first time I saw her.
I was roommates with a friend of Jo's and one evening I was flipping through his stack of photos - yes, these were the days when we used to print photos! I remember mindlessly flipping through the photos when I came across a photo of Jo in a red dress, and stopped.
I asked who she was and my friend said he'd invite me out the next time they had lunch together (he never did). It was months later when I finally met Jo in person (which of course, she did NOT remember...).
That photo and that smile are permanently ingrained in my brain.
I miss you so much Jo. Love you always. ❤