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Introducing....Me!

Introducing....Me!

A little about me...

Let me start by saying thank you for taking the time to read my very first blog post.  Not gonna lie, it's a little awkward to talk about myself, lol.  Let me start by telling you what you won't find here... A professionally written, grammatically correct post! I'm just going to be me and that involves the Southern drawl, open book, grammatically incorrect, share too much person that I am.

First up, I'm married with two children and work full time as a marketing teacher at the local high school.  My husband is my rock, my children my world, and I'm crazy passionate about my job.  So why on earth would I add in a clothing boutique?  To make a long story short, it comes down to this:  I refuse to let my fears control me.  If you want the long version, keep reading.

Keeping it real here, yall.  I grew up poor.  Like, one of the poorest counties in the State of TN poor.  For a long time, I struggled with feeling "less than" because I just couldn't afford to wear the latest, cutest trends like my friends.  This continued throughout high school, college, and those early years of adulthood where you're just getting your feet on the ground.  Because of this, one of my missions with this boutique is to keep it affordable.  Also, because of my background, I pretty much refused to open up my own business although it had always been a dream of mine.  (My childhood dream was a bookstore but  that wouldn't likely work now--thanks Amazon).  Why'd I refuse to to do it?  It comes down to this:  fear of failure!  After spending years clawing myself out of poverty, what if I invested & lost it all?  That was my biggest question/fear.

What changed my mind?  Honestly, I won't go into the whole story for a variety of reasons but I will share that I lost one of my brothers (I have 3) who I love dearly.  Suddenly, I found myself with two choices:  honor his memory to the best of my ability by living my life to the fullest or spiral into a deep depression.  So I put on my big girl, mom of two, wife of an amazing husband, sister, daughter and teacher of many pants and made a decision.  I would keep going.  I would stop letting my fear control me.  I would get in the damn elevator (was crazy scared of those too).  I would ride the roller coaster.  I would open up the business.  I would help women feel better about themselves.  I could and I would!  So, here I am...doing it! 

Why a boutique?  This idea was born over the last few years but again, I was scared to do it.  As I became more financially stable, I started loving clothes.  The truth is, I'm probably not the most fashionable person you will ever meet.  But I'm real.  I'm a mom.  I gain and lose the same 10 pounds over and over. I like comfort and cute rolled into one.  That's what you'll generally find from me and the clothes I offer.  I LOVE it when women buy something and it makes them feel as AWESOME as they are.  Mission #2:  Help women feel good about themselves because they DESERVE it!

So, there you have it.  You know my why.  Truthfully, this doesn't fully cover it all but hopefully this helps you get to know me a little.

**Dear English teachers...I have no idea how to use a colon.  I spent my entire college career simply avoiding any sentence that made me use them.  In attempt to face my fears, I used the stinking colon..probably incorrectly, but still I did it! LOL.

 

Amber Darley
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