The sheKC in Me. Why I'm doing this.
I remember the very first time I met Brooke. My exact thought -- this girl looks like Barbie! Her hair! She had Barbie's color! It was in a high ponytail that flipped out perfectly at the bottom. I thought she was incredibly beautiful, stylish and well, 'Barbie-ish'. She was also... NICE. Like, REALLY nice. A genuine, deep down sweetheart. I wanted to be her friend right away -- but I'm just me and I definitely did not feel cool enough to be in her world! I was so happy when I felt a friendship form.
Our first meeting was at her adorable boutique. I fell in love with the clothes immediately and realized quickly that Brooke had STYLE. An eye. And HONESTY. I would try stuff on and she wasn't just about making a sale... she would tell me 'no way'... 'that doesn't flatter you'... 'try this instead'. It was refreshing and needless to say, I loved shopping at Bella B's!
The more I shopped (and well, it was pre-kids and I'm 99% sure I have a shopping problem, so it was quite often), the more our friendship grew. The more she learned about me, the more I learned about her, we had so many things in common. And, I'm not talkin' just favorite concealer and favorite salsa. I'm talkin' about incredibly similar childhoods, the same fears, the same weird habits, the same nerdy-ness (is that a word?) We are convinced we were separated at birth. So sure, we just might investigate.
As time went on, our lives changed in so many ways. Brooke was one of my biggest supporters and cheerleaders during my three-year infertility battle. She would not let me give up. Even on my darkest days. I finally had success and welcomed my two miracles into the world. Soon after, Brooke found the love of her life and welcomed two of her own.
We have walked the crazy road of motherhood side by side. Web MD'ing each others illnesses. Giving each other reassurance that we weren't 'bad moms', even on the days we felt like total failures. We tell each other the truth. We don't sugar coat when one of us is facing a crisis or needs help making a tough decision. We are best friends. I feel like the luckiest girl.
For years we talked about going into business together. We didn't know what. We didn't know when. sheKC became our what. Now is our when.
I want you to know how REAL Brooke is. And, if you've followed me at all over the years, I pride myself on keepin' it real too. We. Are. All. Just. Trying. To. Make. It. Everyday. No one is better than anyone else. And, I especially believe that women need to build each other up, not tear each other down. Who are we to judge? What works for one may not work for another in life. The best thing we can do is to support and encourage.
That is MY hope with sheKClifestyle. I hope this is a place you feel you can come and not be judged. I hope you read the blogs and find encouragement and/or inspiration. I hope you find a new place to have a date night based on something we post in 'Experience'. Maybe a funny story under 'Kiddos' that makes you laugh and feel a little less alone in 'Mom World'. A little pick-me-up by purchasing yourself something fun from our sheSHOP.
So, here it is. Our dream and vision turned reality. We created this space for the women in Kansas City -- the city that we both love so, so much. And, we are so glad you're here. Please come back often and share with your girlfriends. We're all in this together, friend.