To us, Wendi Winters was synonymous with The Capital. She wrote the first article about HERE. a pop-up shop that properly explained who we were & really captured our essence. She included us in the Capital Style Magazine “Women of the Year 2013” article during our first holiday pop-up. We were young, still green in our business and weary because some reporters kept getting it wrong, but she put us as ease, talking about her fashion experience and really getting to know us. She even let us look at the photos (that she took herself!) to make sure we approved. We learned so much and met so many other reporters and important local press at her famous PR Bazaar. We can’t remember how or why, but she invited us to another, smaller, event at The Gazette building to learn about promoting ourselves professionally and properly to & with the media. She was generous in her teachings, had endless energy and loved what she did. We crossed paths lots over the years. She was always kind to us and diligent in her reporting. She last popped-in to our holiday 2017 shop and quoted us in her article about Midnight Madness. We are deeply saddened by this huge loss to our community, her colleagues, friends and especially her family. She touched many lives and her voice and energy will be missed. While we did not know the others lost in the tragic shooting, we are equally distraught over the senseless end to their lives and send our love to their peers, families and friends. 💔 xo
Been thinking heavily over the loss of two incredible souls last week and pondering, how do you deal with the stresses in your life? How do you get past those struggles, find ways to move on, to overcome them and see all the beauty life has to offer?
How do you see that life is always worth living even in the sad, dark,
scary & seemingly hopeless moments?
Right now, personally, I am dealing with something I never anticipated. It’s painful, it's unexpected and it's tricky. It would be easy for me (being the "Hey! How many ways & for how long can I analyze and over-think this?!" kinda person) to lose myself in thought
and dwell & worry...and worry some more. But luckily I have people. I have my man, I have El & an amazing tribe of friends. I have my family. I have my passions + interests. And I have the belief that I am doing the best I can.
All of this keeps me from falling apart.
Now, I'm not saying ignore what’s troubling you or pretend it's not there.
Because that's not the answer. Dedicate time to it, talk to your people about it,
but don't let it run the show or or overshadow all the good that surrounds you.
But, if you are feeling this is NOT enough, seek professional help.
We, as a community, need to take the stigma out of doing this
and support each other to do so.
Asking for help is never something to be ashamed of!
It takes courage to be vulnerable, to show the world your struggle.
A cloud is just a cloud. It's a big sky up there & its filled with sunshine, with stars that sparkle and the most beautiful blues. Sure, there is a storm sometimes. And thunder. But there is also lighting (shall we say flashes of brilliance?!).
A lesson we all have to learn is that a lot of things...many, many things,
are simply out of our control. It’s best to focus & pursue what is.
So, be the best you. Be the kindest you. Be brave. Be the you that acknowledges that you make mistakes & accept that fact, but also learn and grow from them. And teach your little people the same. Love them fiercely, but also let them make their own mistakes. Mistakes do not = loss of love. They are only mistakes.
And sometimes making a mistake leads you to beauty, to peace and to an understanding of others you never thought possible.
My wish is that Kate & Tony wouldn’t have felt so lost, so hopeless, so alone.
Life is a gift. But it’s also sad, difficult and downright total BS sometimes.
Most of us are lucky enough to see that the tough stuff is just a cloud. And soon the sun will reappear. But not everyone can. Some cannot find a way out of the darkness.
My wish is through kindness, guidance, love, laughter, gratitude and acceptance, the clouds & darkness can disappear in all hearts.
If these tools don't work or if they just aren't enough, because understandably sometimes they don't, we are lucky to know there is help out there.
Suicide prevention lifeline 1-800-273-8255 is available 24/7. Call the hotline.
Call your doctor. Call a friend. Life will NEVER be better without you.
With love & hope,
Amy (& El)
Hi! That's me, El, on the right!
Photo credit: Renee Lynn Photography
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