It takes a village – or, in this case, a small city – to get a business launched and I wanted to take time to thank everyone who has helped, mentored, and encouraged me on this journey. I wouldn’t be standing here today if it hadn’t been for the people who stood by me when this dream seemed impossible, who pushed me to achieve my goals and who offered a hand every step of the way.
This post is devoted to you – the person who didn’t laugh when I told them my idea, the person who has celebrated every victory and picked me up after every defeat. Before I begin thanking some of those people, a warning – this will be a long post. So buckle in, I received a lot of invaluable help.
First, I want to thank God for this opportunity. My path has never been a smooth one, but my faith has given me the tools I needed and He has surrounded me with the support I needed every step of the way.
Next, I want to thank my family! My fabulous mom, Pippa, has been by my side, helping me grow this idea from day one. She has been finance director, personal chauffer, administrative assistant, therapist, design assistant and customer service – she can do anything I throw at her! My sister and best friend, Lizzy, has encouraged me every step of the way. Her belief in me has never ever faltered – and I mean never, even when my doubts were overwhelming. My Dad, who has been my personal business and finance coach and guru. His advice has been crucial and he has never handed me the answers – he taught me how to find them myself. And don’t tell him I told you, but he’s pretty great at the design side too. We redesigned the Tivoli two weeks before we launched because of him! And of course, my Mamaw and Papa, who rushed to the bank and put down a “deposit” so they could be the first customers – even before I finished telling them about the business.
To my amazing mentor, Roxy Owens – thank you, thank you, thank you. There aren’t enough thank you’s in the world. You were the first person to tell me you saw me as an entrepreneur. You pushed me out of my comfort zone and supported me every step of the way. You’ve answered every crazy question and shared so much with me. I am honored to have you as my mentor and teacher. (PS – This is a long post, so take a break now and hop over to Society Social and look at all the gorgeous things Roxy has designed. Come back when your eyes are ready.)
To Emily McCarthy and the lovely Shoppe Ladies – what can I say? You have never hesitated in your love and support. I am so grateful for the way you have embraced me. Thank you for all that you do!
Julie, Emily, and Georganne from 90 Degree Design- your patience and guidance has meant the world to me. Throughout the trademark rollercoaster you have been supportive women and have helped me create a website I am proud of.
To my second family at Golden Corral. You have supported every venture I’ve had since I was a little girl. Every single one of you deserves a huge thank you and I owe you all a hug next time I see you. A special thank you to Chappell Phillips, whose patience and advice have helped me from the very start and who kept me supplied with Elaine’s granola to keep me fueled. George Pfeiffer, I should highlight and underline this thank you. Your willingness to help and to support every step has been so deeply appreciated.
To Stephanie, my college roommate, who branded me as a Girl Boss early on and has been there to bounce ideas off from the very beginning. To Ashley, who should be a professional cheerleader because your pep talks have kept me going. To Susannah, who has kept me filled with coffee and support. To Evie, who has reminded me of the beauty of this world and inspired my design with her flowers .
To everyone who inspired my designs – my Swiss family, who makes sure I am loved around the world; Mary-Kathryn, who has been my adventurer and partner in crime; Gracie and Clementine, whose sweetness inspired our bow rug; and Margaret Campbell, who opened the world of textiles to me.
To Nido Quebein, the first businessman to invest in my future. I am so grateful for all High Point University taught me – and I still have that crisp one-dollar bill.
And finally – the most important thank you. Thank you Sailor, Reagan and MoonPie. You are the best rug testers out there.