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Monday, April 27, 2015

A New Coat

A couple colleagues and I found ourselves on Newbury Street in Boston not too long ago with roughly an hour to kill. We'd had back-to-back meetings all day and this last one was the only thing standing in between me and a dirty martini. After perusing a couple shops, we happened on 20 people queuing to get into a store. Nosey me inquired and found out Diane von Furstenberg herself was inside filming an episode of her TV show. Holy s&*$!

I figured I might be able to see her across the room, shake her hand, breath the same air as her.....basically whatever I could get, because she's such a hero of mine. She understands and designs for strong women because she is one. She doesn't tell you that to be successful in business you have to forget that you're a woman, she tells you to celebrate it. Why shouldn't I feel beautiful and sexy every day of my life whether I'm in a boardroom, a meeting on Capitol Hill, a restaurant, on stage singing, in a grocery store or on a bike ride? We are many things, learning to be confident and comfortable in our own skin allows those things to shine.

When I made it inside I was literally overwhelmed and wondered how much room I had in my carry-on. Certainly once I relayed this story the flight attendants would let me board with 8 suitcases full of gorgeous creations. Luckily DVF came to the rescue and actually helped me focus, quit spazzing out and pick out a coat. Well, she helped me once I figured out how to speak again and stop smiling like and idiot when she walked up to me. I think spazzing, a technical term of course, pretty much describes it. I also managed to make it out with a black and white wrap dress that should be perfect for shows.

It was such a pleasure to meet her and she couldn't have been more lovely. What an experience! I was definitely on a high the rest of the night. I was actually on a high that whole trip and carried the feeling back home with me. I needed a little bit of a boost. You see I've reached that last lonely stage of grief, acceptance. Grief has kept me company for over a year now. It's been my albatross and my friend. My lover and my enemy. Now it's gone. I don't know what comes next, as I often write about here on the blog. What I do know is that I feel better than I have in a very long time.

Everything runs it's course and hopefully gives way to a new chapter. A new idea. Happiness in this new skin. It's nice to feel good again. It's nice to want life to be good again. Sometimes it just takes time, but you will wake up one day and want to start again. You will want to have new adventures. You deserve to have new adventures. I'm very excited that my new coat will be traveling with me.

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