Remember my name!
When I was born my parents were amazed at how I would lay in my cot and spend hours observing and playing with my hands, mesmerized by how they looked and moved. As a baby I would fall asleep looking at them, analyzing every finger on each hand. What they didn’t know then was that I would become a designer, that those hands would become the tools of my trade.
When I was very young my mother taught me how to draw. When I sketched or painted, that was the only time my mind was silent and my soul was happy. She was the one who awakened the desire in me to create and that’s how I decided the name for my label. I called it Szuba because that is my mother’s Maiden name and by calling my label Szuba it serves as a dedication to the appreciation I have for my mother’s guidance and support.
In my life so far I’ve tried 5 different career paths with designing being my sixth. I wasn’t one of those people who knew what I was going to do with my life as soon as I finished school, even though I was known as a talented creative by all my friends and family all my life, this didn’t guarantee my belief in myself and my ability to create.
I was 21 when my Dad passed away suddenly. I lost my idol, and it made me question what life was really about. A big question I couldn’t answer was, if life had the unpredictable nature of being so short, why did people choose to work jobs they didn’t like? If life could end at any minute why weren’t we all working jobs we loved and being happy? My Dad’s passing inspired me to follow my dreams, and get back in touch with the artist within me. I decided to make finding a career that made me happy my most important goal.
Years passed and career interests passed too. I went from working as a Beauty Therapist to working as a Fashion Stylist, then from working in retail to attempting to finish a degree in Psychology. Along the way I learnt so much about myself and what I wanted out of life and what I didn’t want, which brings me to now. In my early 20’s I had taught myself to sew and about 2 years ago I was approached by a girl who wanted to know where I had bought my leggings from. When she found out I had made them she was amazed and frustrated. She loved the design but was comically upset she couldn’t buy them anywhere. Funnily enough, it didn’t click that I could offer to make her some at that stage in my life but after I had been approach by many more people in the coming years with the same enquires I woke up to my dream job. Only about 6 months ago did I find the belief in myself to launch a fashion label. I played around with fabrics and designs and chose leggings to be my first collection as they were the one item of clothing I made that consistently got complements from strangers and requests about buying them.
So here I am, back to creating, just like I was when I was a little girl. Only this time I’m ready to believe in myself. I’m ready to give 100% and I’m ready to succeed because I’ve finally found what I love to do and it makes me happy.
I believe life is what you make it, if you wait around for it to start, it never will. You have to play the leading role in your life. Remove silly expectations and open your mind up to an abundant list of possibilities. Start by making your dreams goals. Then learn to believe in yourself and your talents. Then create your own magic, whether it’s art, music, dance, whatever, stamp it with your own signature style. Do it with 100% and no less, then you’ll never have any regrets. Then finally and most importantly, succeed. Reach that dream goal and succeed for yourself. No matter how many downfalls or haters there are along the way learn to love them, they will always be there. May they instil the same determination they instilled in me within you to prove them wrong. Make people remember your name.
If you do what you love and love what you do, you will never work a day in your life. So here’s to not working
Love to you all,