Monday, April 30, 2012

When I fall in love...

Well, ladies, it has happened. I'm totally, completely, 100% in love....and it looks a little different than many of you may expect. While most of you are probably thinking I'm talking about a tall, dark, and handsome man...I'm talking about a little 800sf space fully equipped with Ikea lights, an Amy Butler wall print, and more affordable fashion pieces than any 20 something (or 30 or 40 something for that matter) could wish for.  Life is good, friends.

Last Thursday evening we hosted the official opening of E.Leigh's Little Rock location, and it was better than I could have ever imagined. Over 200 people attended our little 3 hour shindig that ran from 5pm to 8pm.  We even had people waiting at the door to get in! There were so many points during the evening that I just looked around thanked God for this amazing adventure that has been brought into my life. I honestly am still in shock every time I step foot into the store that this is my life.
For those of you who don't know me, I have talked about opening a clothing store since I was 10 years old. It has been a distant dream that I knew would eventually happen for me, but I just thought it would be much later in life before I would be able to watch it come to fruition. I have been blessed with so many amazing family and friends who have given up their time and energy to help make my dream a reality, therefore making my dream their dream.  Many of them who started off as clients, but now who I more appropriately refer to as 'friends.' They will never know how much that has meant to me this past year, and I don't know if I could ever repay them for their constant love and support on this journey I've taken. 

This is what i have taken away from this past weekend...

1. 99% of the time you get back the energy you put out into the world, so make sure it's positive.

2. Never underestimate the importance and power of kindness and friendliness.

3. You can never have too many friends who genuinely want to see you su
cceed and
be happy.

4. Be gentle with yourself. We're all just trying the best we can with what we've been dealt. You can't be all things to all people, and you most certainly aren't expected to be.

5. Sometimes things aren't perfect, but you always have the choice whether you're going to let it ruin your day or not. Happiness happens by choice, not luck.

6. Overall, life is good....really good.

I'm leaving you with a few pics from the magical night... 

Allison, Reymond, and Kaci getting ready for the fun to start!

Rey and I before the madness starts!
Just as we opened the doors.

Two of my bests, Brooke & Rey, with the oh so fabulous, Kaci

Ft. Smith cuties, Allison & Kaci! Love them!

My BFF & bride to be Brooke squished in between my two E.Leigh's gals who drove in from Ft. Smith to work for me that evening. 

Until we meet again...
Wishing you light, love, and a very happy Monday.