I've taken some time to decompress from the last week at market. Our time in Atlanta was a hard one for me this time - filled with some bright highs and some discouraging lows.
I think one of the that things that really stood out to me when catching up with so many industry peers was that people seem to think things are 100% shiny and happy 100% of the time because that's what they see on Instagram. This idea is nothing new, that we only let people see what we want to see in our online bubbles. It is something I hear a lot - that I've "made it" because I have a beautiful shop. But here's the truth - the last year has been the hardest I've experienced since I launched this company. The shop is a dream come true. It is beautiful and everything I imagined it would ever look like and could be. But retail is hard. Not that I didn't know it would be, but it has been harder than I ever imagined and the learning curve has been a steep one.
This is a little peek into the #reallife
behind the screen. Things aren't always as shiny as they seem. Check on your people - really ask how things are, don't just assume. Life is hard, and we need each other, no matter how pretty things seem. Each day I'm wondering if I am making the right decisions for both of my companies (retail and wholesale). But when you've built something you love, you give it everything you have, every single day. So this is me, giving it my all, daring to rise above the hard days and to stop and celebrate the good days. Because at the end of the day, this is my story - and it's time I own every little bit of it.