Gilkey Co. has hands down been the most rewarding thing I have done in my 28 years of living, besides committing my future as wife and partner to Matthew P. Laird.
Starting the company has been challenging in many ways thus far and it's just the beginning. Nothing comes easy, not even for Gigi Hadid…right? Plus, on the flip side, you learn from every challenge that you encounter. I am thankful for the challenges I’ve faced so far.
What I've come to realize is that every single thing in my life has contributed to the (potential) success of this brand that I'm building. I think that's the case in everyone's life, You have to be open to the idea that it's all a part of YOUR plan and learn from every experience. Whether it's been family, friends, failure, success, an act of kindness, a smile from a random stranger, a ski trip, a symposium, shitty jobs, great jobs, a response from an executive way out of my professional realm - they all have contributed to building me and this brand.
As I was going through my tiny archive of Gilkey Co. photos today, I came across the photo you see above. Its a gorgeous one to me. Simple, but very pretty. The shot is of my little cousin, captured on a simple camera, in the hills behind my home. I took the pictures in a hurry because my future niece had just been born and I couldn't wait to meet her. The shoot was so easy and came so naturally. It reinforced the fact that I was on the right track, that I was meant to design, that I was right where I was supposed to be.
Looking at the photo also filled me with gratitude and happiness. I thought about every individual that has helped me get to where I am today. My mom for being our family's creative wizard, my father for being our family's financial stickler, my brother for thinking I'm great, my grandmother for being my personal 82 year old Iris Apfel and convincing me that not ALL my furniture should come from the flea market, my best friends for believing in me and my fiancé for not only thinking I’m wonderful, but encouraging me daily to do what I love.
Then theres all the "strangers" that have had such a great impact and influence on me. Enrique Sanchez Riviera of La Isla , Alle Fister of Bollare, Buxton Bidyette of Supima....and on and on. Make successful people YOUR people.
I never intended this post to be about me, but a simple reminder that anything is possible. Don't be unhappy. Be happy. Be proactive. Talk about your ideas. Surround yourself with like-minded people. Measure success in meaningful work - the monetary success will follow.
Lastly, capitalize your opportunities. Put yourself out there. There are opportunities everywhere.
I’ve got no clue if this brand with be a giant success. I do know that by giving it a go, doing what I love and waking up happy every day, that in itself is success.