My main focus with this series of My Beginnings is to just share a little about my business/working timeline, life growing up in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii so you can understand my roots and where my passion for helping business owners and entrepreneurs to succeed comes from. I thought this might be a good place to start for those of you that are completely new to who I am and determining what it is I can do for you.
As a little girl growing up in Hawaii, life was simple, but I knew early on that if you wanted to accomplish anything big you had to put the work in. That can’t be more real as this place we call home with a laid back attitude and regard of time (Hawaiian time) for most, being in the most isolated place on earth and having less resources and access than the rest of the US.
I was very blessed to have parents that were ambitious hard workers. They showed me by example on a daily basis that we always treat people with kindness, whether it be family, friends, employees, customers or business networks. The flip side of that is that I also witnessed people that tried to use them (which never lasted long cause they’d sniff it out). I could literally write a book with the story of my life… who knows… I just might, one day.
Only within the last 10 years have I started to understand my nature of how I think and do things… I’ve come to better understanding not only by my reflections, but even more from the people that I am closest with. When seeking for and allowing understanding in my life, it’s amazing what gets revealed.
So let’s get started…
I never really got toys, clothes, shoes and things I wanted by just simply asking. I didn’t get allowance… The response I always got when asking for something was “ok what are you gonna do to make some money?”. I did office tasks, cleaning our store or warehouse, worked at the front with customers, did deliveries with my father, cleaned bathrooms and janitorial tasks, then at 8 years old I decided to open my own table where I sold custom made greeting cards with my massive collection of rubber stamps, inks, papers. I even had these little powders that you would have to sprinkle on top of the ink then apply heat under the paper to create a raised effect (I don’t recall what the name is). Sold them for $2 a pop which was a good amount of money back in the 80’s. haha…
Does anyone else remember rubber stamp collections?
I remember asking to go clothes shopping for school and I was directed to get a job at 9. I began working for another store (across the street) called Kona Mercantile. They had an awesome selection of denim and apparel for women and men. I would receive new merch, hang it and clean the store. Made $4 cash an hour which I was thrilled with. Saved every bit of it that summer and was able to buy my wardrobe with nearly $400 of my own money before starting 5th grade. From then on I always made my own money doing side businesses and working for my parents doing bookkeeping, janitorial work, party decor/events, errand running… you name it, I most likely did it. If I didn’t there was no shopping for me:(
So as you can see my foundation of work ethic came from a very young age and was embedded into every fiber of me.
If this content is something that interests you, I’d love to hear your thoughts! As I take you on this journey with me, my hope is to bring you a ton of value with my past experiences and my current to future endeavors…
If you’ve had an experience like me as a child… I’d love to here from you in the comments 🙂
Vibe High & Stay Awesome,
Stay tuned for Part 2!