Do you know what's really incredible? When you've had a vision and you've had a dream for such a long time, and you finally get to see it come to life. All of the planning, the work, the time and even some of the tears that went into something you believe so deeply in. That's what Harper & Sky Lifestyle has been for me.
The one thing I've always promised to do in my personal life and in my business and with all of you is to be as authentic as I possibly can. I share it all.. the good, the bad, and even the ugly. I am by no means perfect, nor have I ever claimed to be. Instead, I've found peace in sharing not only my highs, but my flaws with the world. I've come to find there's a beauty in the bonds that can form when people are able to really open up and be themselves, regardless of the pressures of what others may think.
My journey has been a full one, and I know there's so much more to come. I have experienced things in my life that have beat me down and opportunities for growth and self love the have picked me right back up when I needed it the most.
Something that I typically don't talk about, is actually a huge catalyst for my reason WHY. The driving force for why I'm always striving to be the best version of myself, and hopefully spread some love and inspiration along the way. When I was about 18 years old I went through a really difficult time my life. I suffered a trauma, and it sent me spiraling into a pretty dark place. I felt very lonely, and sad, and didn’t have a lot of confidence in myself, and I ended up gaining quite a bit of weight during this time. I was just very unhealthy both emotionally and physically, and didn’t believe that I was worthy of anything great.
It took a LOT of healing over the next few years, a lot, but luckily, through the grace of God I was able to pull myself out on the other side of what I had been going through. I slowly started to see that I was worth so much more than I had previously believed, and it ignited a desire within my heart to start taking care of myself. I ended up losing 75 pounds, but more than just the weight, I was starting to see my value in this world and believe that I was capable of so many things.
Fast forward a handful of years, a marriage, and the most beautiful baby boy to ever grace my presence, and Harper & Sky came to be. Creating this brand was so important to me because I wanted to make sure we did it the right way from day one. Harper & Sky for me - is such an important reminder of believing in yourself even when it feels like it’s impossible; and proving to yourself time and time again that the sky is the limit - that we are capable of anything we set our minds to. I’ve said it from the beginning, that we believe you deserve to stand out. I remember what it felt like spending so many years hiding from the world, and I don't want any other woman to spend one more second doing the same.
From the beginning it’s been essential to me that Harper & Sky represents the beauty in all women. That it can become a brand, and further, a community, of women who aim to inspire, empower, and encourage one another as the normal practice. A brand that women can feel good about themselves in; to feel confident and comfortable in what they’re wearing and what they’re standing up for. This activewear and athleisure line has been a long time coming, but I’m so excited that it's finally here and coming to life.