I graduated from Middletown High School in 2008 and left my small town one month later to attend the Art Institute of New York City. I was eager to learn and knew I was meant to be in the city.
When I turned 21 years old, I found out I was going to be a mom. I was excited, terrified and faced with a decision… do I continue to chase my dream of Fashion? Or do I give up and get a “real job” to support my daughter and I.
The easy answer was to get a stable job. But I knew my heart that I could never look my daughter in her eyes one day and tell her to follow her dreams if I had given up on mine.
So I spent the next 10 years building my dream business and bringing fashion to my small town. I moved back to Delaware and eventually opened a clothing boutique.
By the time I was 30 years old, I grew that business to multi million dollars in sales. I didn’t have any money, I was eventually a single mama to two kids and I was figuring it out all on my own, but I stayed motivated, fought through the hard times and I made it work.
And I am extremely proud of myself for that.
Fast forward to the Pandemic in 2020, my retail doors were forced shut and I went from a staff of over 10 to a one women show again. Not only did we survive the pandemic, my online business thrived.
The hard part was when we were able to open again. I had a difficult time wanting to get back to a full staff and 7 days a week in the boutique.
After ten years of building my dream business, I decided that the fast fashion world no longer aligned with the slow and simple life I had been craving...I made the decision to close doors and start a new chapter of my life!
This last year and half has been so wild, I have found new passions and I have used all of my business knowledge to help other business owners and entrepreneurs.
I started The Friendly Entrepreneur, the exact course and coaching community I wish I had when I started my business.
Along the way I rediscovered my love for painting, art and design... slow fashion with a story... excited to see where this journey takes me!
The most important thing, I have had more time than ever to spend with my family and I have cherished every.single.second.