Just Keep Swimming – With Style

With the release of Disney’s “Finding Dory”, I find it appropriate to focus on the importance of perseverance and determination; a theme that held strong during “Finding Nemo”. If you’ve never seen the movie, it is a story of a young fish named Nemo that has been separated from his father, who he assumed has been killed. Nemo meets Dory, an optimistic and quirky fish, who accompanies Nemo in his travels. Little does the team know, the father is alive and frantically searching for Nemo. When I saw the preview for the sequel, “Finding Dory” I instantly recognized a correlation between the movie and my journey with the LOVEE jewelry line.

It has been a long and rewarding road. Sometimes I have to remind myself of how far I have come or else the daunting view of the future can be overwhelming. Those periodic reminders also bring acceptance.

The acceptance that…

  • I can only be responsible for my own actions, not the actions of others.
  • I am solely responsible for how other people’s’ actions affect me and make me feel.
  • I am not always right.
  • I am in charge of my own destiny.
  • I am exactly where I am supposed to be.

This is not the first time I have stepped outside of my comfort zone and pursued something new and unknown. 15 years ago I transitioned from being a stay at home mom of 10+ years to pursuing a career in real estate. I didn’t know much about the business, except that I knew I loved taking my daughter to Open Houses on Sunday to browse and build my fantasy “Dream Home”. I was fortunate enough to have the support system which enabled me to turn my Sunday hobby into a successful career. I am confident that the passion and drive I have for my new venture will be even more rewarding and fulling.

Year after year, fewer goods are being produced in the United States. This trend continues to be a big issue for many businesses. I put in extreme amounts of time and effort into manufacturing LOVEE products, however, with every turn I make, I have been faced with a wall that forces me to change my direction.

An entire marketing campaign was planned around the timelines given to me by the manufacturers, which have had to be adjusted multiple times because the dates constantly move around. After many changes, I was supposed to begin taking pre-orders for this multi-faceted fashion item starting May 1st, and I will have to postpone this date again due to more problems with my selected manufacturer. I have been in search of alternative manufacturers, and so far it looks like I may have to turn to outsource manufacturing.

Though my LOVEE journey has encountered some pretty tall hurdles, I firmly believe that we all can accomplish our goals and overcome obstacles through perseverance and determination. As Walt Disney once said “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” I believe in my LOVEE dream and am excitedly looking forward to seeing it come true.

As Dory would say, “Just keep swimming.”