Rosetta Stone promises you can learn a new language quickly, with a 100% money back guarantee. My son promises every night to eat his entire dinner– including the vegetables, and it never happened. Juice cleanses promise clearer minds, healthier bodies–not to mention, the allure of fitting in your skinny jeans by the weekend. True, if you only plan to wear those jeans a few days, right? Promises. Promises. Promises. Everyone promises you something! But no one ever talks about the actual work it takes to accomplish those promises. Why, you may ask? Because it’s boring! Most people would quit immediately, if they realized how much work was really involved..
Our BOS Word for the day is PROCESS
- a systematic series of actions directed to some end:
- a continuous action, operation, or series of changes taking place in a definite manner:
I’ve always loved playing with clothes, so working in the fashion industry was just my cup of tea. As a Fashion enthusiast, I have spent a lot of time assembling lavish outfits for clients and myself weekly. But three days a week during lunch, I have gone from industry insider to quick change artiste, turning in my lavish sequins tops, embroider silk skirts and 4-inch double strapped leather bow stilettos, for tights and New Balance sneakers. Getting undressed quickly, is not an easy task.! At first glance, it was a tedious-multifaceted chore, that eventually turned into a fun game. After weeks of perfecting this ritual, I finally decided to put this charade to rest.. Why? Because every afternoon, I got stuck. My plans halted.. New year.. New failed attempt? How could I still be repeating through this process? Shouldn’t I received credit for my previous efforts? Sadly, the answer was NO… And now I was about to learn a painful lesson in the “art of parenthood”.
Last year , I scored the last bike for my son at a Thanksgiving Day sale. Can you say ” Parent of the Year”? My gift was thoughtful, affordable, and my timing was impeccable. I traveled between two very crowded stores- prayed for a miracle- and left Target with a huge surge of adrenaline! Yippee! My first “Thanksgiving Day” shopping experience was painless, so I thought-.. Normally, I would feel silly, shopping on a holiday for one item. But just months ago, my son’s first bike got stolen. Crazy, right? Thankfully, it was a recycled bike from Goodwill, costing a mere five bucks- which turned out to be a great teachable moment for the entire family. Thank you Mr or Mrs. Thief. Lessons on theft and responsibility are now checked off my mommy-to-do-list.
The shiny bike promised so many things. From a great way to be active in the winter, ease my guilt ( my son was only 3-years-old at the time), while providing countless hours of fun. Of course known of those things occurred. As our weekly bike riding sessions continued, I soon realized teaching my son how to ride a bike was going to take a tremendous amount of energy. Just months ago, he rode his bike perfectly. I trained him myself. Now we can’t even get five feet without tumbling to the ground. Every day we took fewer steps. Every day we would get stuck in the same place. I went from cheerfully encouraging him, to checking emails during our daily ritual. Finally, I stopped changing from my work clothes to workout attire all together.. What was the point? My son seemed to be going backwards and I couldn’t figure out the reason why.
My highschool band teacher once said,” Practice doesn’t make perfect. Practice makes permanent. ” And the aha moment finally happened. Although my son had been previously trained on the bike, he was going through a stage that showed he needed more practice.. More than I could have ever imagined. It was a process that was uncomfortable. A process that I was doomed to repeat until he got it right. Similar to life. Some processes are straight forward.. Do the work.. Get the reward.. Some processes are packaged with struggles.. But every promise that God has put in your heart is worth the work… No matter how long it takes.
“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. Romans 5: 3-5
Lesson I learned:
Contempt – Being contempt in every situation is the only way to go through life.
Consistency – The dynamite of life is consistency. You aren’t doing anything wrong but you aren’t doing the right thing long enough. Stay consistent and the results will come.
Commitment – Is the key.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~ Mark Twain
Leaders aren’t born every day. It takes tenacity to endure the process of becoming a designer. With creativity and killer instincts, designers Antoni and Alison managed to carve a place in the UK fashion market all their own. With only £200 and a cult like following, the duo has managed to last the test of time. “We started off straight out of college. It was the recession and a great time to start something. Nobody expected you to be a superstar. You can grow slowly and it’s an interesting way of working, said Antoni. We did this collection called “Be Happy” for a company in Paris and they hated it. So we decided to do it ourselves. So we made the collection and was planning on travelling around the world for a year. But then Hamish Bowles who was in our class and he said “You have to do another collection now!” So we’ve never stopped!
Can’t make it to the UK to see the line? Well step inside the Antoni and Alison store HERE. and learn more about my favorite UK designers. Please enjoy this preview from the Antoni and Alison AW 14 Collection