// Answer the call
I was listening to Oprah's conversation with Elizabeth Gilbert in the studio yesterday. Near the end of the podcast they talk about "life's calling". Gilbert says, first comes the call to the quest which is in the form of the question "What have I come here to do with my life". We can either choose to ignore it, or pursue it. The pursuit is the beginning of the journey. Once you begin the journey you enter the road of trials. Here you can expect to be challenged, hurt, feel lost, in despair, double guessing yourself, meet friends who aren't really your friends, go through obstacles. Every single one of these challenges and temptations will help you gain your talents to shed your fears for the ultimate battle.
CKD turns three years old today. The past three years have been quite the adventure. The places it has taken me, the people I've met, the work CKD has done, and most importantly the opportunity to keep pushing myself to produce good work. I get to make goals and dream big. I've learned the only person that will ever know my true potential is myself and convincing anyone else of my abilities is just a waste of time. I didn't grow up an artist. I started blogging at 20 years old, picked up photography, made some videos, dropped out of an interior design program, applied to a textile program at FIT, moved to new york city, taught myself how to paint, worked two internships while waitressing on weekends. All to pack my life back up in a car cross the border and start CKD where I grew up. This was my road of trials. I second guessed myself, trusted people I shouldn't have, I was hurt, I was in despair, I was lost. But Gilbert was right, I have learned my talents to battle the ultimate challenge - my company. CKD is just scratching the surface. I feel like I'm about to enter my second road of trails and hopefully gain more talents to face my next ultimate battle. The vision for this company keeps growing and finally I feel like I can start stepping out a little further. I've been feeling the growing pains. Thank you for following along on this crazy calling life seems to have put on me. I suggest you listen to yours - it is the most beautiful journey you'll go on.