I spent the last two days working with one of my favorite brands, Jeffrey Court on an upcoming project that I can’t WAIT to share.
The team came to the house and brought me these flowers and together….
….we planned out the behind the scenes and went all a little “hello karianne—this is your life.”
Like returning to my old high school.
And visiting the downtown square.
And photographing the entrance to town.
And the water tower.
And where I used to “cruise the Gate.”
And the curb where I kissed a pair of sparkling eyes.
And where during college a long ago in a time far away, I worked at a Mexican restaurant in a brightly colored dress with red lipstick and amazing Aqua Net hair….
…wearing the most brilliantly colored pair of parrot earrings.
I think that’s where it all started.
That dress and that lipstick and those earrings.
They helped me learn about long hours and aching feet and hard work. I’d come home from my job and sit across a desk in this office in this house and have lengthy discussions with my father. He shared his heart and words of wisdom about representing and standing up and being counted and why I shouldn’t quit after two weeks on the job.
Here’s what I learned.
Here’s what I took to heart and never let go and still embrace today.
Words for the road ahead.
Life lessons learned from a pair of parrot earrings.
1. Never apologize for where you are on the journey
Even if you are driving a scooter down the main street of town to work because you can’t afford a car.
Even if you’re wearing your Mexican dress covered with trash bags because it’s raining.
Even if your parrot earrings are whipping in the wind.
This is your journey. This is your path.
Where you are today will take you to amazing tomorrows.
Hold your head up high and fly your earrings proudly.
2. Be authentic
You. Are. Amazing.
You. The you that stands at the restaurant window watching your friends drive by on a Friday night to go to the movies while you wipe off dirty tables.
You. The you working so hard that your Aqua Net hair wilts.
You. The one following your heart and your dream.
Just wake up every day.
Put one foot in front of the other.
And be the best YOU that you can.
3. Work hard
A drop in the bucket of life.
But here’s the thing. Those first steps in the workforce? Showing up. Putting in the hours. Listening and learning every minute. Putting your best foot forward.
They are the foundation for the rest of your life.
Take those tiny, little steps now.
So you can run like the wind later.
I know it’s such a Hallmark answer.
I get it.
But here’s the thing. Truth? If you don’t know where you are going—it’s so much harder to get there.
Think big. Plan big. Dream big.
Right now, you and your red lipstick are just trying to get through college.
But one day there will be a thing called the internet.
One day you’ll start a blog.
One day you’ll write books and design a fabric line and a product line and travel and speak.
Make sure those dreams are ready.
5. Buckle your seatbelt
Oh, my little scooter riding friend.
If you only knew.
The places you’ll go.
The dreams you’ll live.
The family that will walk beside you every step of the way.
The amazing, awe-inspiring, incredible life that is waiting for you behind the next curve.
Life is about to take you on an amazing journey.
Buckle up buttercup.
And take those parrot earrings with you. 🙂