Before I even knew I was going to start The Wardrobe Refinery, I was in a pretty rough place and asking myself a really important question, which is, why am I here? When I say that, I mean that on a super deep woo woo soul level, why I was put on this earth and what I am meant to be doing?
When I look back at all of the moments where I felt wholly myself, the single connecting thread is that I was building confidence. I never became a fashion designer because of the travel or the clothes. For me clothes have always been an accessible way for people to feel great about themselves, and a way to express who they are and what they are about. I LOVE that about clothes.
Looking back, even my jobs that didn’t involve clothes had this thread. I used to teach swim lessons back in the day, and I would always be given the littlest kids and the ones who were too scared to swim the deep end. Every week I would connect with these little people who were doing something super new and scary, and I would help them find the strength in themselves to do something they thought was super big and impossible. That job was so fulfilling, and without even realizing it, I think that is where I found my life’s work- confidence. Boom.
Ok, it took me like 20 more years for me to realize that, but hey, figuring out your soul takes time. When I realized this would be a fulfilling way out of my slump, I started beta testing The Wardrobe Refinery. At first it was just a fun thing to inspire me, but it turned into something SO much bigger. I was having fun, and my clients were having fun, and it felt so great to be creating this joyful and confident experience for the awesome people in my life.
Now, because of the people who took a chance on me then, I have this beautiful company, and spend every day with fabulous and inspiring people doing something I love to do, and I am so freaking GRATEFUL. My heart is seriously full.
Thank you to everyone who gave it a shot in the beginning- TJ, Andy, Le’Spencer, Lauren, Jaime, and the Nite family. I send so much love to you guys for helping me work through the kinks and supporting me when this was just a little idea in the back of my head.
If you are going through some kind of struggle, and you feel like you need a boost, come on in. I have been there, and sometimes you just need a little self-care to remember who you are, find your voice, and get back to the work of being the bad ass that you are. Can’t Wait!