The beginning of this year was rough. There was a lot of uncertainty in my life, when all I wanted was stability.
I went through a long and harrowing job search, which was an emotional rollercoaster. I’d land a killer interview and my emotions would soar, only to crash when the opportunity wasn’t as great as it seemed or it fell through.
Through this, the simplest advice and mantras helped most.
I’d done a review of Lorna Jane clothes in the spring and thought they were pretty, albeit a little pricey. I’d read a bit about the brand on their website and how they were committed to active living. At the time, it seemed kind of cool, but also kind of marketing speak. I didn’t feel a connection, other than “ooh, this is pretty.”
And then I went to a press breakfast with Lorna Jane herself, and I fell in love with the brand, and with Lorna herself.
The woman radiates happiness and healthiness, and you can tell how much love goes into her clothes, down to the point of putting little red hearts in each garment to show they put their hearts into it. The heart falls out as you love it, she said.
Lorna Jane has been around for more than 25 years, and LJ herself talked about starting and growing the brand. She was a fitness instructor who didn’t like the clothing she saw, so she cut up her bathing suit and started making clothes out of it. For a time, she was balancing teaching with running her clothing business, but she finally had to believe in herself and make a decision to go forward with LJA. She said it was a big, scary moment, but, if it’s scary, it’s the right decision. Through growing her brand (there are now 120+ LJ stores in Australia, and they are expanding in the U.S.), and living her life, her mantra was this:
NEVER GIVE UP.
So simple, so powerful.
When my buddy Erica asked me to give her my mantra for a feature she was doing for her Inspiration Bracelet line, I was honored (and excited for a pretty bracelet), and immediately told her Never Give Up.
She gave me this gorgeous bracelet at the Runner’s World weekend, and I haven’t taken it off since. I also rarely take off my marathon necklace; I’m basically a walking ad for her.
I began a new job I love a few weeks ago, and I achieved a big, hairy audacious goal this weekend I would have never thought possible just a few years ago.
I never gave up on my dreams.
What’s your mantra?
(P.S. Do you miss the marathon talk…or no?)