December 2008

You Will Not Believe This!

by admin on December 31, 2008

YOU WON’T BELIEVE THIS…..I STILL CAN’T..

when I traveled with K and Em here many years ago….I think they were 5 and 7ish……we spent two days in Florence…..I was walking them down a street and looked in a bar where there were many people having a good time……and I remember thinking how fun that looked and having a bittersweet feeling of where my life was at that time…..I then bought a jacket in a boutique a few doors down for a ton of money ….and I remember thinking that I shouldn’t do it but it had “life” and an arrow pointing forward on it….I bought it as a symbol to myself….that was a great trip but also tough…my first time out of the country and a lot of uncertainty in my life at the time….new life with the girls….new business…new home…new career…in the Napa Valley….I hold great memories from it but also bittersweet…..

Important to note : I had NO clue nor could have taken you to that boutique nor that bar if you would have asked….I couldn’t have even described them to you.

Are you ready for this?!

Fast forward to this journey…first day…..Our taxi dropped us off at our apartment and we settled in. Chris and I then went out to explore..turned left out the front door and began to soak it all in…I walked no more then two doors down and looked in at the jovial sounds coming from the Bar….I stopped…..and immediately knew….this was THE bar….and I looked across the street….and there was the boutique…..NO JOKE….We went into the bar and had a drink…I told Chris the story and we toasted…..because nothing in life is a coincidence. I knew at that point that this journey was a gift…and to enjoy it to its fullest….no matter what the days ahead may bring!

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Moving to Florence, Italy

by admin on December 30, 2008

Hello!

I thought I’d send you a quick note because tomorrow we are off on our adventure to Florence, Italy. The girls and I are moving there for six months! No…not the Villa scenario…..but the tiny apt with no dryer scenario! Ha! Kaelin will study at the International School and Emily is going to the local public school….and no….she does not speak any Italian! Ah….and what will I do? I have a long list of things to do..which includes spending time with our vendors….discovering more amazing products……traditions……lifestyle ideas…..that I can pass on to you!

I think it will be a great step for our Company as it is time for the stores to function without me from an operational standpoint….it’s what I’ve working on for the last year and this will truly be the test! But….honestly…..it’s been a long journey for the three of us OKelly girls ( take a look at our picture below…in the background is the first picture we took when the girls were 2 and 5!) and the true mission of our journey is to experience every moment…..and share memories with eachother that we can hold for a lifetime…everything else will be a bonus!

I have to thank my staff….they are excited for me…..and the Company……and themselves…..as we embark on a new journey for all of us……it will give us all new perspective….they will gain confidence in knowing that they can run the operation without me….and I will gain as well…..knowing I’m not needed on a daily level…it’s exciting…..a bit scary…..but it’s all perspective….and I’m choosing to see it an amazing growth period.

You really won’t even notice I’m gone….with technology today….we are so tied together that I will still be managing on a daily basis…but…I just won’t have the day to day…and believe me…..the day to day can become a full time job…..and if I’m caught in that…how do we grow?

So….I’m very excited….because I know every step of my journey I am going to experience so many amazing things that I think you will be interested in….maybe I’ll find some cool product at our local market and see if you want me to bring some back for you…..or I’ll tell you about a cool tradition that maybe you would like to adopt…..or recipes…oh recipes….I’m taking some cooking classes so get ready!…..or maybe my experience will give you that extra push that you might need to go out on a limb and chase your dream….take that risk….because let me tell you…..I follow my heart a bit naturally……but with this I’m even rattled…..for all the reasons that I’m sure are running through YOUR head since I’ve told you that I’m leaving….but……as I told my girls…..the feelings you are having right now will STOP some…..but don’t let them ever stop you…..get to know that feeling and walk right through it …..with faith…..and the World will open up to you.

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