“God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.” - Voltaire
Just recently I was in New York waiting on a car to be pulled up to the curb where I was standing. A man parked close to the spot I was guarding and we struck up a conversation. After some time of small talk, he shook my hand with a vigorous energy. He told me the city had a way of hardening folks, and no one looks anyone in the eye anymore. He told me that my smile was genuine, and that it brightened up his day in a way that he didn’t expect.
That stuck with me. It made me want to write it down and look at it periodically when I get busy or distracted. It’s a lesson that we don’t just live this life to win, or to make money, or to watch movies on Friday nights. We live for a short time with a purpose- driven goal. Do good, do it with intention, and don’t miss an opportunity to touch someone's heart.
I know a lot about “riches”. In my small way I’ve lived it and breathed it and then I knew what it was like to have nothing at all. True wealth doesn’t derive itself from things that can be burned to the ground, but in health, and family, and lifelong friendships. No one can take these from you even when they leave, for they are forged in your soul forever.
My goal when starting this company was more than designing a smart pair of boots or sandals. My goal was to share a sense of peace, and nomadic feeling of wonder, and love of beauty and design, with everyone I am in contact with. God drives this truck I’m sitting in, just a small-town girl full of baggage and fear and doubt, and tells me to buckle up as I go headfirst into foreign territory. I want to live a life of purpose because I see no other alternative that makes sense. I hope that you can feel this love in my products, and my staff, and in everything this brand is connected to. I hope you choose to love, and rise above your current circumstances, and really live the life you imagined.