Two years ago, I guest blogged for the California Women’s Conference and in my first post I talked about my passion for art and fashion and yet the constant battle in my head between choosing a career in fashion and getting a business degree. I mentioned that that deciding to pursuing an MBA as opposed to a master’s degree in fashion merchandising was to have something to hold on to if things didn’t work out with my art and fashion line, Confiance, which I started while in business school.
Truth is, my MBA degree did save me as I got a job offer a month later to experience corporate America, not because I wasn’t doing well in what I was doing prior but because I felt that I wasn’t being challenged and that my degree was going to waist. I needed to experience the daily corporate life. I guess my motto in life is not having regrets. I knew after the first year or less that this lifestyle was not for me. However, I pushed myself for another 8 months to stick around, until I realized that I no longer can hide the fact that I don’t love what I’m doing and so I left my conventional 8-5 career as a marketing manager for Ecovacs Robotics, and decided to pursue my dream of having a career in fashion and lifestyle and being my own boss. I learned a lot working at Ecovacs, from how to set up a business to negotiation with vendors and contractors and working hand in hand with PR and advertising firms and conducting media interviews during trade shows, like the one below at CES 2014
But, as cool as little house robots may be, they did not spark that excitement in me as apparel and accessories do and the work environment I was surrounded by definitely didn’t excite me either. I was the only one who liked to dress nice and I sure got judged for it. Hiding my personality 8 hours of the day felt suffocating indeed. I guess it is safe to say that if deep down we know what our passion lies in, why suppress it?
And so a new journey journey of self discovery began….
The last 6 months have been quite life changing. They have given me the chance to find myself and figure out what I want to do with my life. It is a very scary thing going from having a steady income to almost none. But after all, they do say we ought to take risks in order to succeed.
I always wanted to be a boutique owner but since the overhead costs are high, I figured an online boutique will do, as a start at least. I reconnected with an old friend who is also very much involved in the fashion scene, having worked in retail and owning a successful fashion blog and suggested the idea of patterning up to start an online boutique for men and women. The details of how it all started and our journey deserve its own blog post so stay tuned! Just know that today, I am proud to say that after months of planning and a rollercoster of ups and downs our site is finally live!
The lesson for all us here as Bob Marley said, is, “Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you’re living?
P.S. I’d love to hear your comments and life experiences so please, do share as we can all learn from each other 🙂