When I got news of Kate Spade’s death, I was in shock. No, I didn’t know Kate Spade personally, but the brand that she created with her husband over two decades ago I knew pretty well. So, when I heard about her death and that she died from suicide, it took me completely off guard. A woman who built a brand and lifestyle and who seemed to have it all was suffering so much that she killed herself. I mean. Damn.
As I chase my dreams of freedom through focusing in on my passion, I have this vision of being able to have it all with less mental stress and burdens because I’ll be doing something I’ve always wanted to do. The reality though is that as I chase these dreams, I have moments where I’ve run myself so ragged that I’m barely surviving off of caffeine and I occasionally find myself fighting sleep in meetings at my 9to5 and as I work on the very dream that has me ragged in the first place. Taking a moment to really look at this happening so early in my journey makes me realize, that the reality is that when my dreams are finally realized it will come with all the good I’ve imagined, but not without a struggle because quite frankly, I’m struggling now! That struggle won’t necessarily go away, but how I deal with that struggle and take care of myself in those moments of struggle can at least make the struggle feel better.
Of course, the struggle is something that you don’t see if you are not close to a person as they make their dreams happen. Especially if they are creating a brand, which makes sense. If you are creating a lifestyle brand, you want to show things that are inspiring and that show yourself and your company in a good light. So it’s not a huge surprise that the general public didn’t know that Kate was having some pretty low moments in her life despite the picture perfect brand that she created with her husband.
As I continue to chase my dreams and build these brands, I want to take a different approach. I want to share the reality which includes the great times and the bad times, the glitz and glamour and the grit and bear it moments that will ultimately create the strength of my brands. I hope by sharing these different sides and realities of creating a brand that you all are inspired and empowered to be OK with your great AND bad times and realize that it is all part of the journey of becoming an unapologetic boss babe no matter what industry or focus you decide to take on.
Style moment: This romper from BLANK Wardrobe is everything. It’s from our favorite designer, FRNCH and is the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe. For the true minimalist, you have the structured cut of a typical romper and for my new minimalists, you have edgy details that take things up a notch with the mid-zipper situation in the back and the bucket pockets in the front. Of course, our favorite thing about rompers is that you can dress them up and down and make them your own easily by adding your favorite accessories to create your look.