This week’s recharge comes from Elizabeth Schmitz of Zabette! Elizabeth and I are both working hard to start these fashion brands of ours. I love to hear stories of embrace from fellow entrepreneurs because ‘showing up’ is essential in starting a business. Thank you to Elizabeth for giving us a sneak peek into more about how you embrace your life.
When I think of people embracing their story, I usually think of someone who’s been through a hardship of some kind – a sick relative, sudden death of a loved one, homelessness – the list goes on. Stopping to think about it, I’ve come to realize everyone has a story, even myself, and I need to learn to embrace what I’ve been through, no matter how big or small and love myself through it.
My life has been full of adventure, be it family vacations when I was younger or off on solo journeys as I got older. As I’ve gotten old and have seen my friends “grow up” by getting married, moving out of their parents’ house and having kids I tend to feel like my story has been edited improperly. I think “That should be me. I should be doing those things too” not realizing that I’ve been meant to be on a completely different script. Until a few weeks ago I had no idea that those people felt a mutual envy towards me: a well-traveled 25-year-old struggling entrepreneur, who still lives with her parents, has the standard debts of your average millennial and is still so completely unsure of where her path even goes.
Until I learned to embrace my story as it’s been written so far, and have come to the realization that there are still plenty of blank pages I don’t believe I was truly happy. My story is just that: mine. Reading back on it, I think it might be a pretty decent one, too. Having had the experiences I’ve been so blessed to have, it is with the upmost honesty that I can say I have fully learned to embrace every aspect of my life. The more I’ve given myself a chance to reflect on my story; the friends I’ve lost and gained, the love I’ve learned to be able to give others and myself, the countless adventures around the globe and even attempting to run my own business, I’ve developed a sense of pride in myself I didn’t think I’d ever be able to have.
Everyone is dealt a deck of cards, and while you can’t necessarily control how they’ve been shuffled, you can control how you react and what you make of it. So learn to live your life to it’s fullest, embrace the good and learn from the bad.
Give yourself time to recover but always be sure to get back on your feet – because your story isn’t over yet.
Elizabeth Schmitz is a travel writer and the designer behind Zabette. She spends her time providing people with once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences, including having some herself. When she’s not on the road you can often find her researching new places to go or making a mess in the kitchen. Follow her on the platforms below!