More products are available on our website and we have more inventory in stock than ever before! All of this growth has me constantly looking for ideas for what to conquer next. Don’t get me wrong, it’s super stressful to try so many new things, but I get so inspired by you ladies and your comments.
You share with us the most amazing, uplifting, sometimes heartbreaking moments in your lives. When you tell us how our show or our clothes have brought you back to life, have made you feel beautiful again, have inspired you to be the best person you can be, that’s all the inspiration I need to keep climbing this mountain!
It’s easy to look at what we do and think it’s just shopping, that it’s just clothes and jewelry, or some other gimmick or something on Facebook. But it’s not! You all have shown me time again that we have something special here.
The multi-billion dollar fashion industry is proof that people find value in the way clothing, accessories, and make-up can impact our lives. On some level, yes, there’s a vanity to having the latest trends and shiny new things, but I think there’s something much deeper going on here.
The ladies that shop with us, that come back and hang out even when they know they won’t purchase something, or that share pics of their new favorites in the VIP, that tag their friends and share our videos, they all know that this is more than a shopping site.
So many of you were able to resonate with our blog “A Really Good Cup of Coffee.” You told us how hard it is to take time for yourselves in your busy lives. You shared with us that shopping at ACB or just watching our live shows was your “me time” and that we have inspired you in so many different outlets or aspects of your life.
I think it is incredibly important to acknowledge what inspires you, who pushes you to do more and be more than what you ever thought possible. So in addition to all of our wonderful customers, this week, I want to take a minute to both give credit and share some of my other inspirations.
I promise this is not the point in the blog where I beat religion into your head. But I would be doing a disservice to myself and my faith and if I didn’t mention what a big impact that has on my life. Regardless of your belief systems, if it’s something that you find comfort and revitalization from, make sure you’re taking the time to pursue it.
2. Rachel Hollis
It’s just interesting to me that someone you’ve never met and doesn’t even know you exist can have such a huge impact on the person that you have become. We’ve talked about her before and I even gave away copies of her books last week. But her no nonsense approach to teaching you how to pull yourself up by your bootstraps even when you want to wallow in self-pity is such an inspiration to me. We all have hard days, but it’s not a bad life. Choose to be happy.
Follow her @msrachelhollis
3. Emily Benson
This one is probably very foreign to the majority of you. However, she is sort of boutique royalty. Her books on how to grow and scale a boutique and just how to run a business were so instrumental in my start-up. Luckily for me, she actually knows I exist! I got to meet her in person in Las Vegas at the Magic clothing show. I have to admit, I totally fangirled. And it’s not true what they say, you should totally meet your heroes. I loved every minute of it and it only motivated me more. Even if you’re not in the clothing business her Instagram stories and posts are incredibly inspirational!
4. My family
I’m going to get super cliché and a little emotional for a second. In case you haven’t noticed, the majority of the people working for me and with me are my family.
Kristy, Shawn, Samantha, and Val, and let’s face it, Danae, Tracy, and Megan are practically family anyway! Both of my moms. My dad who will occasionally pop on a live show just to cause chaos. I would not be the person or the entrepreneur I am today if it wasn’t for them. Not only do they listen to my complaints when I’m feeling down and my excitement when I’m having a great day, they support me 100%. I absolutely could not do this without them.
I am striving to renvision the shopping experience, to inspire my customers to love how they look, to choose happiness, to lift others up, as well as themselves. I appreciate each of you that have come along on this journey. And now, I want to know what or who inspires you? Maybe send them this blog and let them know how important they are to you.
Chic blessing Friends,
Contributor/Editor: Kristy Porter
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