In the public eye I am a designer and media personality. But I am also a mother and wife and that comes first for me, always. Last week, I was a featured speaker at High Point Market..what a thrill to have so many people come here my opinions on design and thoughts on the future. It is always a humbling experience when so many people turn out. I started from such modest beginnings..a dining room table, a mailing list and a sheet of looseleaf paper with my rather lofty goals. Fast forward several years and I have accomplished so many of them. This week has been a whirlwind of activity..sometimes, I don’t even know how I do it.
I started off leaving for High Point on Sunday. I spoke on Monday to a crowd a bit larger than I anticipated..my notes were unable to print at the last minute and I did the whole thing off the cuff, which is really where I excel anyway, so I guess things roll out the way they should, even when it doesn’t seem that way at the moment..”What do you mean, my notes won’t print??” *sweat forming at brow*
I returned a little early for a meeting and to attend my Kindergarten daughter’s school play-what a thrill to see her front and center, fearless, smiling and full of confidence. Yeah baby!! Moments like that make my day!! Then I was off to the Overseas Press Club Awards gala at The Mandarin Oriental in NY as a guest of Subaru..yep, that Subaru. Shortly after being seated at our table, a lovely couple approached me and introduced themselves as the President of the OPC and his wife. When I introduced myself, they said “We know exactly who you are! We are big fans!” They even invited me for dinner at their home..What a moment it was, I was so flattered over the fuss and the pr girls with me were dying! OMG, really? When I got home, I received a letter that my stationery line with Expressionery had a banner 1st quarter..I had no idea my notecards were becoming that popular..time to create the next line.
The next evening, I headed off as a VIP guest of Home Goods to the Housing Works Design On A Dime Event in NY. Amazing evening full of inspiration, charity, celeb sightings and meeting new and old friends. I also got to FINALLY meet my friends from the Home Goods corporate offices in person and they were as awesome as I knew they would be. Everyone from GMA anchors and Ty Pennington to my buddies Stephen Fanuka and Tyler Wisler were there.
Great. Freaking. Night.
On Thursday, I was invited to visit two luxury hotels that have just been renovated-(they all know about my love of luxury travel and hotels) and on Friday I finalized my lineup of over 150 pieces I am selling on One Kings Lane, where I will debut House Of Cachet my latest and biggest venture thus far. But also, we had a ginormous play set installed in our home I ordered from one of my have companies, Hayneedle. Kids in Heaven!
On Friday I received a contract for my latest corporate partnership that starts next week..lots of DIY ideas with the latest sewing machines! More soon on that. It’s going to be very cool, so excited!
I am with my husband and kids all weekend, going to first communions, watching The Wonder Pets and eating BBQ. It’s been a uber grande week for me personally and professionally. I’m not telling you this to show you “how fabulous I am”, but to inspire you that you can do anything, you can have everything and do it on your own terms. You can wake up everyday and have the life you always dreamt of no matter where you begin. This I know for sure.
Just start with a clear vision, a pure heart and ears that are closed to the negativity that inevitably comes with any measure of success. Just let it roll and you will soar.
Here’s to more and more Best Weeks Ever! I wish you a life of happiness, success and faith in yourself.
I’ve got nothing but love for ya!