I am thrilled to be launching this little dream venture that's been in the works for a few months now but really its been a lifetime.
So, maybe you're wondering how I got here?
For those close to me and even for myself it seems like this all came out of left field.
Clothes. Fashion. Styling. Fair Trade. Ethically Made. Fast Fashion. Artisans. Imported.
I'm not enough for that. I don't know anything about those things. I'm not enough for this.
I've began to realize certain things that have happened in my life have led me exactly here and to this moment. It has been building and building and has eventually snowballed into this newest crazy venture. In 100% realness it is SCARY. It feels vulnerable taking these risks and putting myself out there but how boring is life when we live comfortably?
For as long as I can remember I have had a deep desire and passion to learn about other cultures and figure out ways I could make a difference. My heart has always been set ablaze when listening to stories of lands far away and of people so different from me. As I write this, memory after memory comes to mind. I could write a book about them all but what sticks out to me the most is that I remember those moments because it wasn't a phase or fad for me. It's built into my DNA. I'll never forget the kids in my school proclaiming what they wanted to be when they grew up...teacher, doctor, nurse, dentist, etc. My answer was always "I don't know but I want to change the world." I even remember a teacher in high school picking one of my senior pictures of me talking to a little boy in Peru and saying "I want this one because it speaks to who you are the most."
I was all of those things and more. I didn't know how or what "changing the world" looked like but I was determined to do it and boy, did I try!
A failed attempt at creating a Non Profit my Senior Year, a failed attempt at trying to find a way for girls in Peru to make jewelry so they could pay for their school to relieve the burden off our ministry partner, failed attempt at building a school in the Amazon, failed attempt at living overseas. Failed attempt at getting my Bachelors in International Studies & Arabic.
And I'm sure countless more.
But all of those things I've considered failures in my mind for so long are not. They've been building blocks as I continuously grow and cultivate this passion. Over the years, I have learned more than I think and I have experienced more than I give myself credit for. I'm grateful when I look back and see that those things have served a purpose to lead me where I am now and I look forward to putting what I've learned into this love project.
Failure doesn't define my identity. I'm still learning and discovering and I'm certain more failures will come. Grace upon grace.
I love looking back, especially over these past three years or so, to see how different hobbies & skills have literally fallen into my lap that are going to be extremely beneficial in helping me run this business.
I remember a friend introducing me to the fact that modern day slavery is still alive in our world. A lot of times it is the clothes we are purchasing that enslaved people. Even though I knew this, I still tried so hard to live with my head under a rock and ignore people when they tried to talk to me about slave labor & poor working conditions that go on in the fast fashion industry. My desire and passion to learn more and make myself aware of what I'm purchasing and from who. I've learned that quantity isn't better but it is quality that matters most. While I loved my fashionable fair trade jewelry I needed clothes to go with it. My search for trendy and fashionable fair trade clothes was coming up short and thus began me on a search to figure out how I could change that.
Before my 26th birthday I decided to pray and fast to see where this next year of life would lead me. It was during those three weeks that Salt and Light Trading Co. was birthed! As we continued to prepare for this I began to notice that other people were doing the "same thing" already and I fell deep in the hole of comparison which I feel has delayed our opening. However, now I'm writing this and saying I don't care anymore! I now know that no one else can do this with my voice or my story and I'm feel so humbled that this is my get to.
What's your passion? Whatever it is, you should get out there and do it. The world needs more of YOU.
I hope you enjoy browsing our collection of clothing & accessories and know that when you shop with us you are putting your purchasing power to helping us create a thriving world. Our goal is to provide fashionable clothing from all over the world, including the good ol USA, that creates an impact and changes lives. We have big dreams but we're taking baby steps starting with a small collection of clothes from the USA and Nepal.
Thank you for shopping Salt and Light Trading Co.! We are delighted to have you.
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