What I Wanted To Be When I Grew Up
This little slice of heaven on Lake Champlain in Vermont is one of those places that has always helped me tap into a fresh perspective, take my mind off of 'real life' and realize that anything is possible.
Life is what you make of it.
I grew up spending many a relaxed summer day on the shores of this lake with my family. The long car rides from Massachusetts hold vivid memories of my mom and I getting into deep conversations about the future and what I wanted to do with my life as I worked my way through middle school and high school, with college and 'the rest of my life' ahead of me.
My ideas always centered around some combination of business and fashion which lead me to enter college to major in Fashion Merchandising... which then became Biology... and then Nutrition.... and finally, Marketing. Fun fact? I'm surprised I graduated in four years! I took quite a long, winding route to ultimately come back to those earliest inklings of what I wanted to do with my life.
I don't think I have any funny "when I grow up" stories. The earliest I can remember was my dream to open a boutique filled with small, undiscovered, doing-something-special brands with talented go-getters behind them that I would have to travel around the world to discover. I wanted my future shop to give them a space and platform to be found and loved. It may still be on the “one day” list but let’s do one thing at a time here.
This inspiration came from the little boutiques that my mom and I frequented in Vermont. There are regulations that stores within the same area can't carry the same brands so each one has a unique, curated selection of products. I loved (and still do!) finding special pieces up in Vermont to bring home and integrate into my wardrobe and make my style, mine. To this day, a lot of my favorite brands are ones that I found perusing those same shops and the desire for that treasure hunt experience has led me to some coveted pieces from my travels.
I spent a day in Vermont yesterday and was reminded of all of the special moments I've experienced there throughout my life. I came to conclusion that Maragold feels like a full-circle endeavor. The things I dreamed about in the earliest periods of my life when anything felt possible because the bearings of adult responsibilities hadn't yet set in, are those that I’ve come back to. In being here, I feel like I've rediscovered my roots and the things that just simply put, make my soul happy.
Life's too short to be full of regret but I often wonder where I'd be right now if I'd listened to my gut upon entering college 10 years ago. We'll never know - but I'm quite happy to have found my way back to something that truly feels like me and I know I would have never found my way back here had I not taken the path I did.
Thank you for being here with me. It truly means the world to me and I can't see where we take this thing together!