As a young girl growing up in sunny California, I always knew I was destined for greatness, but my lack of confidence always seemed to get in the way. Until one day, I was running to the gym, I stopped abruptly, and broke down in tears and thought, “This isn’t living. I can’t do this every day. I can’t keep going through the motions. There has to be more to life than this”. As the sun beat down on my face, I closed my eyes and saw another person in front of me— the woman I’ve always wanted to be. I decided right then and there that my current path wasn’t leading me to greatest and so I sought a totally new and different direction.
I was told all through my adolescence, “you don’t always have to do the hardest thing, you don’t always have to be the best.” But I didn’t care. I wanted to be challenged because I wanted to be the best! So I started on my path to becoming a neurosurgeon at the University of California, Riverside. While my motivation and focused on being the best, the idea of being a doctor might have sounded prestigious on paper, but it felt disconnected to my heart. My heart yearned for a career where I not only could hep others, but it needed to satisfy a joy within me. I knew being a doctor would not fulfill me in its entirety.
After graduation I packed my bags, set aside the dream of being a doctor and started a life in New York City. I had no clue where I would end up but I was determined to find the thing that made me wake up excited to start every day. I walked up and down Broadway looking for a job, when I stumbled upon Custo Barcelona, a Spanish bold, bright, and luxe fashion label— his designs spoke to me. I interviewed for an assistant manager position, and got the job on the spot. I learned how to react, instead of respond, assertive not passive, and understanding that New York is a tourist driven-community and opposite of California. I learned so much about who I was and how to work with people.
With this new city life, my confidence began to build and felt I was finally living! I also recognized the more I focused on my eye for style and the transformation of the clientele, I was changing people’s lives— something I always wanted to achieve as a doctor. After interviewing for Lord & Taylor eleven times, I finally was offered a personal shopping position, published in several magazines, and signed a lease on my first apartment in New York City.
While trying to climb the corporate ladder, what I came to realize as personal stylist was how much I loved working with my clients, but after applying for a promotion I was labeled, “too young and too edgy”. That’s when I started dressing for the life I wanted and the everything felt right. Being in a fitting room with my clients helped me see, making the right decisions, the right size, the right colors and shapes and they finally felt confident in their own skin, which showed me I was making a difference.
That’s when HRM was born, a personal styling agency helping high profile executive women who struggle with feeling beautiful and confident in their own skin, to trust themselves, set and reach goals, and dress for the life they want by curating a wardrobe that makes them feel 200% all the time.