I never dreamed I would be a business owner. As a little girl and even as a young woman, my career aspirations always involved serving and helping people. As I studied, I grew more and more passionate about psychology and in college chose to get my degree in that field and later a masters degree in counseling (by the way - don't be impressed by any of that... I went to college because it was a way to improve my life, not to look good in front of people).
I love peoples' stories, their journeys, and I love getting to be a witness to self growth and the process of becoming. So, why did I leave that career and open a boutique?
I guess that's a part of my own process of becoming. As a counselor in a high school, I worked with so many young women. Their struggles with one another and in life in general were ones I could connect with. I had a burning drive to create and build a culture among the girls I worked with of kindness, support, and confidence. I worked with girl after girl on issues that involved girl hate, low self esteem, and and even self harm. On many days though, I closed my office door behind me feeling defeated. There were 2 counselors at my school, and 600 students. The needs were overwhelming and I was spending my days in reactionary mode. I needed to get in front of the problems. I needed to lead by example. I wanted to create something that connected with women, something that had meaning and purpose. I decided to become the woman I desired for these girls to have in their lives. I chose to leave a career where I was spinning my wheels, and to pursue another passion within the style industry.
And here I am today still believing and hoping so strongly in this message. The message that girls won't stop being mean to each other until we do. Girls won't believe the best in each other until we do. Girls won't learn how to respect one another until WE DO.
Gold+Gray is a platform for that message. The fashion/beauty industry has a loud voice of influence in the lives of all women and I want to use my little space of it for something good.
Thank you for being a part of this journey. Thank you for allowing me to learn and grow with you and to offer what I've already learned. Thank you for always reminding me WHY I STARTED 🖤