I’m Kate. Or Katelyn. Or as my mom called me as a child, Petunia.
I don’t know where this nickname came from. But as of the last month, this name has taken center stage for my life. On April 1, 2018, I made the hard decision to leave my (rather successful, at least in my eyes) LuLaRoe business behind and start a new journey into opening my own boutique featuring My Amelia James.
I’m sure you have heard of the fast growing LuLaRoe clothing line. It was fun! You never knew what wild and crazy prints and colors you would end up with. But over the year that I was representing this company, my on-hand inventory got out of control. I found myself drowning in clothing that I doubted I would ever sell. So what did I do? I ordered more! I thought, “Maybe the next box will fill my customer’s needs.” But I was wrong.
I love fashion! I love people! I love the connection you make with someone when you help them to feel better about themselves! Whether its helping them find the perfect dress, or just telling them that they are loved and beautiful! I knew I wanted to continue on the boutique journey but LuLaRoe was no longer the funnel I was going to be able to use to do it.
After weeks of searching, I found My Amelia James, and fell in love with the company. Their culture and style, their real-ness, their love for wine! THESE ARE MY PEOPLE!
And so was born, Petunia’s Boutique featuring Amelia James. Yes, I jumped right in, head first with no clue whatsoever what I was doing. But there were a few things I did knew to be true. I knew I was ready for a change. I knew I was ready for a challenge. I knew my customers would love this clothing. I knew what styles and patterns and colors to expect. I knew that I was going to have to work to make this happen. So I did.
Change is scary, but only at first.