A little while ago, Alex Elle shared a wonderful experience on her IG stream. She had visited a new juice bar in LA and shared that as she walked in the owner said, "Welcome to my dream. You're part of my dream." This moved me, because this entrepreneur recognizes her patrons as an integral component of something she envisioned. I love this statement so much because it speaks to me on many levels as I transition into a new phase of my creative career, which is allowing me to pursue my dream.
I know that everything I have achieved is because of the hands and voices of the people around me and beyond. I could never do any of this alone. My dream goes beyond myself and is alive and thriving because of all the people who have pulled me up and have supported me along the way.
From my early days growing up in a sewing studio where the dressmakers and D.C. fashionistas fed my now love for textiles, fashion, and making to the first grade teacher who excitedly typed up for me a short story I wrote. From my third grade teacher, Mrs. Brown, who saw a sparkle in my eyes, to my design professors who pushed me when I didn't now what the h*ll I was doing. To the supervisors who hired me despite my limited experience in television and then teaching, to the students who challenged me in critiques, or have said, "thank you Ms. Pippins" or "I need help." From my colleagues in school and work, whom I admire tremendously, and who listen when I vent, to the many friends who keep me grounded and make me laugh. You are part of my dream.
To my parents who have always ALWAYS supported my ideas no matter how crazy they seemed. Like my dad who said, "I'll help you for the first few months" when I told him I was moving to NY without a job, a plan, or money, because he knew how determined I was to live in that city. And my mom, who always has opened arms, positive words and beautiful smiles for me. You are part of my dream.
To all of you who visit and share Fly, and/or comment on this blog even when it's a challenge for me to post regularly. To the folks who stop by to say hello via email, or in the street and say, "hey fly girl." It's always such an honor and blessing. To my social media friends who share links, shout me out and send tweets, FB and email messages of support. You all are a part of my dream.
And to those who have purchased my artwork, have sent messages with kind words, and who have sent me photos of my prints in your homes — in your children's bedrooms, in your living room, or have given them as gifts. Wow. (*taking a deep breath*) I'm blown away everyday. Amazing! I'm forever grateful.
Even to the copycats who use my images/art/designs without permission, you too are part of my dream. Because even though what you do with my work is illegal, you make my creations and my vision even more accessible.
All of you are part of my dream, a vision that I didn't quite understand or see until recently, but when I finally saw it I really got it.
Thank you for your love and support in making my dreams come true.