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Off they go: confident, anxious, excited, nervous, looking forward, looking backwards. Figuring it out, one step at a time. Maybe not so different from the rest of us.
I went ‘home’. Home to the city that holds a piece of my soul. Home to the comforting city sounds, amazing food and fashionable people. Home to my younger self who at 20 fearlessness and confidently, walked up to the doors of arguably the most reputable Advertising Agency in SF (and beyond) and got a job. Running along the water, alone, engulfed in fog, I met that girl again. That brave little one who was blissfully and thankfully naive to the world ahead. So hopeful to do big things, so determined to work harder than anyone else so her dreams would come true. She told me it’s ok to stop. Stop, listen, learn. And then get up and keep going. Just like my dad would have said.
There are days when I miss how things used to be. I miss my beautiful partner in crime. I miss my ever so wonderful customers who filled my soul and brought joy and purpose to my life. I miss the store, the fashion, the styles. I miss the identity that it gave me and the space it provide. I will always cherish that that little store brought such BIG happiness...and how lucky am I to be able to miss it. ( I guess some mornings I must walk backwards before I can move forward again.)