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Let me introduce myself!

by Hannah Heikkinen on January 10, 2018

Hi friends, family and fashionistas!

I am so happy that you're here! I am ecstatic about opening Kinlee Rose Boutique! This is something I have thought about for a very long time and it took a series of events for me to finally make it happen. Let me first give you a little bit of a background on me and how I got on this journey.

I was born and raised in Northern Wisconsin, some may call it the middle of nowhere! I was raised by two wonderful parents and I have an older brother, Jake, and a younger sister, Sydney. Like many people that grew up in small towns can relate, I was in three sports a year and many clubs. Volleyball, basketball and track were my specialties and I had a lot of fun doing these but was never a stand out. Academics were my strong suit and I graduated top of my class which had always been my goal! Nerdy, I know! 

I also grew up with horses and we mostly just rode around our backyard. It wasn't until after I graduated college and was married, that I got back into them.  I will talk more about my horses in another blog post, but I'll tell you a funny little story right now at least! After I got married, my husband, Cameron, and I moved back to our hometown. I got a letter in the mail one day from the company I had worked for while in college. Unknown to me, the company automatically enrolled employees in a retirement plan and I had $1500 sitting in the account. Obviously I cashed out the account, because why not, right? It was with that money that I bought a horse! Since then I have sold that horse and bought three others.

I graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and I had intentions on going to get my Master's but decided I didn't really want to move and go to school for 2 more years. I ended up working for a staffing company in their office and there I became interested in Human Resources. About a year later, a position opened up at a nearby hospital in the HR department. I got the job! I learned so much and really enjoyed working with the employees but felt like I reached as far as I could in the organization.   

Now if you're still with me (I know, long post) this is where it gets interesting! A position opened up with a local college. I applied and was ecstatic to find out I landed the job out of several applicants! At first, it was great, even amazing! I had great co-workers and I really enjoyed working with students. However, after a couple months I started to realize things weren't as great as they initially seemed. It really is true that the grass isn't always greener on the other side or other job in my case.

Little by little, I became so unhappy, miserable even. There are amazing jobs out there and then there are jobs that crush your soul and confidence. That was what this job was doing to me. I'm generally a pretty confident, happy, easy going person and this job was making me grumpy, resentful and killing my confidence.  I did something I never though I'd do, and quit without another job lined up. I told myself life is too short to be miserable and I knew it would work out one way or another. I believed God had a plan for me! 

For a month after quitting my job, I honestly just enjoyed being home and not working. I had been so overwhelmed for so long that the thought of job searching was honestly exhausting. Cameron told me I should go after my dream of opening my own boutique. I was excited about that but was also pretty scared. It's easy to talk about what you want to do but way harder to actually go do it. 

Finally, I asked myself, "Why not? Why not you? Why couldn't you be successful with your own clothing boutique?" There was no reason why I couldn't do it.  It was something I was excited and passionate about, so I went for it and am going for it! I have already learned so much and hope to share even more with you guys about the process but for now I am taking it day by day! It takes a lot of passion, drive, time and patience but when you truly believe in yourself and your dreams, anything is possible. 

And if I fall on my face and it doesn't go as well as I expected, then I'll pick myself up and work harder! At least I can say I went for it! I hope you can say the same for your dreams!

 

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