ME ON MONDAY (RISK). 15 May 2013
Since the Queen of Hearts article debuted in the May issue of Philly Mag, I've received many emails from entrepreneurs, people asking my advice, and women asking me questions about business, in general. Which I love, BTW. I adore helping women; I think that we women should be helping each other. All this has really made me think a lot about my past, my story, and how Lithe as a business would have been very different if I had listened to people tell me what I shouldn't do.
Last week I found this picture. It was 2007. Jordan had just purchased his loft (two years later it became our loft). I had just opened Lithe Rittenhouse, and my dog Edie and I were somewhat homeless. Two months prior to this picture, I signed a lease on an awesome corner one bedroom apartment in the loft district. Just one month into my lease the economy tanked and my lovely realtor Nella allowed me to exit my lease when I realized I had bitten off more than I could chew.
The irony of the story is that just six months prior, Jordan and I had just started dating and he had asked me to move in with him. I said no; I was Miss Independent. Been there, done that. Guess who went crying to Jordan when she realized that she couldn't make ends meet? Yours truly. There I was drinking wine, sobbing on his couch asking HIM if I could move in. It was so ironic, that he decided to snap a picture of the moment. Guess what? It was one of the best decisions that I've ever made. I could have gone home to live with my parents, I could have stayed with a girlfriend temporarily, or listened to all of my friends who told me not to do it (I heard he was a player). At that moment, I had hit rock-bottom. I was so scared, and I would have loved to have some sort of commitment from him, but I went for it anyway.
One thing that I've always subscribed to in my personal life and with my career is that I've always trusted my gut and I've always done things that I'm not totally quite ready to do. I've also always accepted the possible consequences of failure. You know the feeling that you get when you're like, 'what have I gotten myself into?' When you get that feeling, you have to hold on tight and push through it. Take that feeling and run with it because something really great usually happens.
Image of Lauren from 2007 via Jordan