Thursday, July 27, 2017

Do Other Bloggers Admit Wrong?

People say that when you admit your own wrong doing it builds your character and it creates strength in you as a person. Does it really or is it a way of just taking the blame in a classy way?

Eating crow was something I heard about as a young child. I remember thinking as a young child trying to picture someone eat a crow. I had envisioned a great King tearing apart the roasted bird sitting upon his thrown with food hanging from his mouth, his face full an ugly. His personality was the least to be desired and his fair maidens by his side waiting on every word he bellowed screaming his orders.

Then I had envisioned a women sitting in the corner with a baked pie hot and steamy similar to an apple pie. Her white cap upon her head with long blonde hair in thick braids along with a blue dress and white apron sporting wooden shoes and when she cracked open the warm pie a black crow would come flying out.

I learned much later in life exactly just what eating crow really was. It was admitting to your mistakes and trying to still gain some sort of self awareness of one's wrong doing. Taking the blame if you will for your own wrong doing. In today's world filled with such cynical people there are in fact people who are more worried about their outside appearance fearful of what others absolute perfect strangers think of you.

I came on here barking and growling about how Heather at work blamed me for doing WIC checks without her. How she was so eager to blame me to management of my wrong doing. I then barked and growled at management that I would not be the deciding factor on my store losing their WIC ability which would cost the store thousands in lost revenue and customers to boot.

Monday July 24th there was a new cashier and Heather of course was working and as she stood before the new cashier and myself just inches away, Heather brandished a WIC check that had been used. I immediately recognized the handwriting and realized it was MINE!

Well, here comes the CROW!!

So we already had two violations...two other cashiers as you all know let two things be substituted which cost the store money and those fines are NOT cheap! Stuart made such a huge issue on if we get one more then we lose our WIC...blah blah blah you all know who are following this.

Well, the WIC check Heather was showing to the new cashier was NOT signed by the person using the WIC and if WIC saw that it would of been OVER! WIC would of been gone.

So here I am screaming at my SENIOR boss how I would never be the deciding factor on my store to lose WIC when in fact it was ME that would have been the deciding factor of losing WIC I barked at my boss, my second boss in command and then the SENIOR boss how I would never let that happen and yet, if they never would have caught that, it would have gone through and it would be done and it would end up BAD!!

How do I recover from the shame of me acting like a total nut job? I am so ashamed of myself I have completely embarrassed myself and now I just cant face going back to the store. I would rather lose my job then face them and admit how wrong I was.

Now I have to eat crow and admit shame and admit my embarrassment to not only my two BIG bosses but to Heather as well.


Saturday, July 22, 2017

Just No Going Back



My father always told me, "if you have nothing nice to say, just don't say anything at all" sometimes I often wondered if he ever lived by those rules? He at some time or another he could be brutal with his words and well, we all know that words can be so hurtful and so damaging.

There are the people in the world that say, "words are just words yet, its your actions that speak volumes about you." Then you have people that will tell you, "your chosen words can take down an elephant without the hunters gun."

I blogged a few blogs ago about this girl at work that went and told everyone that I did a WIC check without her. Well little did I ever expect it to snowball like it did. That snowball just grew and grew to the point that if it came rolling down a hillside it would take out an entire town, the people within the town, and anything else in its way. It would leave behind devastation and death when looking back at the damage it claimed.

Who to trust at work?

I am a firm believer that the team of people at any job should be your support system. From the everyday job that we all do to the team leaders, supervisors, assistant managers, managers and even general managers and even higher.

Any job there should be a support system that any person should be able to go to in hopes that they will be supported when any action or situation ever takes place. They should have your back, they should trust in you when you give 110% of yourself. They should see your self-worth and what you put into the company. It should be dully noted the efforts one gives to their job and their place within the job.

Praise should be given and often shared from the person who is giving 110% and shared among other managers because mentally when that is done then that person feel appreciated, they have a sense of great self-worth, they can carry their head high rightfully knowing that all their efforts that they have put into their job is all worth while.

Trusting the Assistant Manager

After the tidal wave of accusations from HER at work, I was trying to find my supervisor Justin yet, our schedules were always conflicting. I did talk to Angie my assistant store manager of what happened and boy was I pissed that they were accusing me of doing something I never did. So to recap on what happened in short....

The store I work at has been dinged by the state for substituting certain baby foods and or items on WIC checks and when that happens any store that supports WIC will be dinged a huge amount of money and it will be noted of the wrong doing. Not only did this happen once, it happened TWICE!

So the new rule is when a cashier gets any WIC checks we must have a manager present when completing any WIC checks at our cash register. It is to be there to ensure that what is on the WIC check is actually purchased the proper way and there are no misfortunes or accidents.

Scenario!

Lady comes through with WIC checks, I call over Heather, Heather treats me like crap telling me I am doing the WIC checks wrong then embarrassing me in front of other guest telling me to get off my check stand she will finish up the FOUR WIC checks. Heather goes and tells managers I did 4 WIC checks without her approval.

Angie the store manager pulls me aside and begins chewing me out for something I never did. I tell her it never happened that way, I tell her in a very apologetic tone that she was in fact wrong and yet what does she do she tells me, "I have to believe what Heather says"

I felt violated, I felt that no matter what I said it just didn't matter. Angie even informed that I might be written up for being so careless. I then informed her I would not sign a piece of paper accusing me of doing something I didn't do. That of course set the tone of a fight.

I trusted Angie to have my back, I trusted her that she would believe me, I trusted that she would want to believe me. Then it dawned on me I might as well be talking to the wall. No matter how many times I stood before her with a soft tone then turning into tears of being accused of something I never did, it just didn't matter to her. All she could see is what she thinks I did.

Trusting Senior Store Director

Stuart has always been a good friend to me. He is an awesome store director and he works very hard at keeping our store in good shape. We have shared some person things and some not so personal things. We have had great conversations and a wonder relationship in work and out of work. So on the day I saw him I told him I needed to talk to him.

This is where I put all my trust into him, I trusted he would have my back, I trusted he would believe in me, I trusted way to much. Once I shared with him exactly what really happened and how I felt violated, abused by Heathers accusations, the lies, the betrayal, I was desperate for redemption and to gain back my dedication to the company I have put into.

I have worked late when they ask
I have worked for many other team members when they couldn't
I have taken my time away from my daughter to help out the store
I have worked in other departments putting it back in shape when it was a total mess
I have done, and done and done above and beyond the duty of my job title

So when I went to Stuart to seek out my redemption and to have him be on my side, what he did just crushed me.

I told him I am not going to be the deciding factor if this store loses WIC which would mean $35,000 a year of loss revenue along with customers not shopping there any longer who have WIC. Stuart appreciated that and continued to listen.

Once I shared what REALLY happened and then asked him directly, "who do you believe?" he looks at me and tells me....

"I'm sorry, but I have to believe Heather she is a front end supervisor and I have to have her back first not yours" 

I have never felt so violated in my life, I just sat there shocked and dismayed at his words. I told him to watch the cameras and he then tells me, "I don't need to I have to believe Heather" he took any self dignity I had and just completely shit on it.

I felt as though Stuart tossed me into the wolf pack then shouting at me to fight my way out but I probably wouldn't survive. There was a complete defamation of character on his part when it came to me.

All that trust, those long talks we shared about his wife, his kids, the store, other employees, just went out the window. I just sat there stunned, shocked, and my heart just shattered. I got up and stormed out his office before I begged him one more time to watch the cameras over and over and right then and there he just said NO he wouldn't.

I stopped in the door way and asked him, "If Heather came to you and told you I stole $200 from the till and I told you no that was a lie, who would you believe me or Heather?" He just sat in his chair and not sure what to say I waited with great anticipation but then he said..."I would believe Heather" 

I don't know why Heather has it in for me I never ever did anything wrong to her, I never went against what she said, I never caused her any grief or hardship. If she told me I was to clean out the cash registers I would do it and when done you would be able to lick those registers with your tongue.

I go and give 110% of myself to this company, I put in a years worth of over time, extra shifts, breaking my back and time away from my daughter to be treated like this!!

Sometimes there is just no going back from being accused of something that you didn't do.






Sunday, July 16, 2017

Is it really good for the soul?

If you were to walk up to a perfect stranger and ask them, "is rejection really good for the soul?" what answer do you think you would get?

Out of one's own life can you think of how many times you have been rejected? And this rejection can be just about anything. Do you remember how many times you rehearsed over and over in your bathroom mirror and the bathroom at your work practicing what you would say searching for the right sentence, searching for what this company means to you, how you dedicate your life to this very company when wanting to ask your boss for that raise only to be rejected?

And the worst part of that is when you walk away and for some reason you take that painful glance back at them sitting behind their desk then shaking their head in shock and awe that you would even have the audacity to ask such a ridiculous question.

When it comes to dating how many times have you asked out someone and they shoot you down like the hunter that sits in the woods and sees his pray flying across the sky and without a thought or worry in his head he takes his mighty gun in hand, he aims, and then fires killing the bird in motion dropping it to the ground then letting out a shrill of victory.

I have been rejected in many ways and so many would tell me, "it bring character to ones heart, ones soul" of course they say that, its not happening to them right? Does rejection really make you stronger in your mind and what one can withstand when it comes to the pain we feel?

At Work

The one thing I do very seriously is my job. It provides me a paycheck I can bring home for me and my daughter. It provides us with our basic common needs for each and every day. It may not be thousands of dollars, but its far better then sitting on the couch licking my wounds wondering whatever happened to my life and living off the system such as food stamps and cash-aid.

While I work for one of the biggest retailers as a cashier, we accept WIC (women with infant and children) which is very particular of what the person who has WIC can purchase. There are countless times the person using WIC will try to throw in something that is not a WIC product then telling the cashier, "it's okay, I do it all the time" and of course that is not true.

For example; if one using WIC is only allowed to baby fruits and vegetables, they will try to throw in a baby food with MEATS and vegetables which it's not allowed!

Well some cashiers not familiar with WIC and what is accepted and not accepted has gotten us in terrible trouble with the state. This has happened twice and now we are being watched very carefully and if we lose WIC it will cut our sales by 75,000 dollars a year, and countless people who will no longer shop there.

The management has now told the assistant managers no matter who it is, how experienced we are on WIC they must be present when we ring up any WIC. I had a customer come through with WIC products and as usual the woman using WIC was trying to get in more baby food and items then what is allowed.

The steps:
1. I turned on my light for management to come help me
2. I checked the drivers license against the WIC check and marked the box with the name (which is the first thing you do)
3. SHE showed up and told me I was doing it all wrong and kicked me off my register, she embarrassed me in front of many other guest which made me so mad
4. SHE told me to go to another register and take other guest
5. SHE stayed at my register for 18.5 minutes finishing up the WIC from the guest

THEN SHE WENT AND TOLD MANAGEMENT THAT RANG UP ALL THE WIC CHECKS A TOTAL OF 4 WITHOUT HER!

I got yelled at by management, I told them it wasn't true, I told them she was lying and I was beyond pissed. Because she did that it took any credibility I had as a person working there, my dedication to the company, my truth, and SHE just trashed it.

They of course believed her. I was crying I was so upset, I was hurt, I felt rejected by my own management team. It was as if all the 110% I give of myself into this company was kicked to the curb. I told them to check the cameras and they didn't bother to, and why? because they believed her over me.

I tried to defend myself yet no matter how many times I told them to check the cameras it was as if what I said just didn't matter.

My mom always says, "there is always one bitch in the group where you work. It doesn't matter how many times you try to get along with her, she just won't bend or try to be kind to anyone." Well this WOMAN is just that. She has had it in for me since I walked in to this store almost a year ago.

I stay late if they ask, I work extra days if they ask, I do whatever they need in order to make sure that front area of the store is presentable and every guest is taken care of in a positive manner. If they ask me to go and do additional work, it's done and without a question why me?

My work and dedication should be noted and it's not, my time spent there should be noted and it's not. When I went before my store director, my assistant manager, my lead manager of my department telling them I feel as if there is this ceiling over me and I need more they never once mentioned to me to go online and seek out different positions within the company and I have been saying this for months now.

I fought back to keep my self respect and when I challenged them on "who would you believe?" and they made it very clear they would believe HER over me, just took any self respect I had, any dignity that I had and tossed it out like the garbage that gathers each and every day in front of the store.

So, until I find employment elsewhere, I am no longer giving, I am not longer as dedicated to the store, I am no longer going to come in early work late, or give 110% of myself any longer. Nope! I am only going to give back what they give me.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

All Roads Lead to A Dead End

There are many people that will stay and fight the fight. I am the one person that has always told my girls, "every single day is a fight or survival, you must fight the fight every single day. Some day's will be better than others, but when the fight gets tough, you fight the fight to show you have strength, to show you care about you, to show you can survive."

On one side of the coin one must fight the fight but often more times then others, we must know when to walk away licking our wounds and claim it as either a learning curve or a loss. I have tried to teach my girls that when you fight the fight, it is okay to walk away rightfully knowing that you gave it your all, you dodged the punches, you did your fancy feet dancing to avoid getting punched, yet there was always that one punch that just laid you out.

Ever since I started Wedding Dress Wishes, I have been exhaustedly trying to get this off the ground. I have taken the jabs, I have taken the betrayal, I have taken the sleepless nights wondering how other companies got started on getting wedding dresses donated and have become successful.

I truly thought with my 29 years experience as a wedding planner often recognized as a "Project Manager" my talents of finding the perfect wedding dress for a bride, finding that perfect venue for the couple, dealing with contracts and negotiations from other vendors, taking a blank canvas within a wedding hall and then turning it into a real show stopper often with mouths dropping at the beauty I along with my team have created, I could start a company called Wedding Dress Wishes.

Since I started this, I have contacted numerous companies sharing my vision which then comes back as me being "admirable" to be exact, I have contacted over 500 companies and all five hundred companies wanted to shake my hands on what I was doing yet, when it came to them donating a wedding dress, they looked at me as if I just escaped the looney bin and I am holding them hostage with a gun.

How can companies tell me that I am doing something great for my community yet they turn a blind eye to helping me? How can people want to shake my hands or give me a hug for wanting to help families who do not have the funds or the means to buy their own daughter a wedding dress?

How can people tell me that parting with percentage of my proceeds which is then given to Children's Miracle Network located in Oregon, is a true blessing yet, when I ask them to donate a wedding dress to sell at a minimal cost, they turn their back to me and walk away?

When someone is taking a beating, a true relentless beating from countless strangers there just comes a time when one must get up, wave their white flag, and tell them fine, I am willing to lose out.

It just breaks my heart that this is what it is. I am so sick and tired of being told how great a person I am for doing what I am doing yet, when they show their true colors and they turn a blind eye to me, I know they do not have a true heart within them.

I know what it feels like to want something so bad, something that would make or brake me and yet, I never had the money, I know how my self-esteem took a hit, or when I had to tell my daughters that I couldn't afford to buy them those shoes they wanted so badly.

I guess I am the only one that saw the true vision here.


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

We live in a such a cynical world don't we?



When I was watching my most favorite movie "Jerry Maguire" (Tom Cruise and Rene Zellwegger) and that famous saying..."we live in a cynical world" really hits home with me.

We do live in a cynical world filled with cynical people were once upon a time the world cared for each other, we cared for our neighbors, we cared for the strangers that passed us in the streets, yet when the evil of others standing on the sidelines ready to take advantage of us and hurt our hearts, it then brought up the walls and before you knew it what we trusted at one time is now no longer alive. It actually made us fear the many people around us wondering just who to trust ever again.  

California Weddings! 

When I lived in California, there were many if not millions of people capable of paying for lavish weddings. After all, that is all I did, lavish and expensive weddings where dropping $250,000 for a wedding was considered an AVERAGE wedding. Sadly I met families that often dipped into their daughter's college fund to pay for her wedding because whatever she wanted, well, she got! 

I then met families that would mortgage their homes and take the collateral and use it towards their daughter's wedding or they took out a person loan from their local bank. I recall very vividly my last wedding I ever did in California. I was contacted by a bride and she was relentlessly bragging about her budget for her wedding. 

She had 4 flower girls ranging in age of 4 years old to two years old and their dresses alone cost $500 dollars EACH!. She had six bride's maids and their dresses cost $800 each. The bride along with her bridal party, the photographer, family, and whoever was to attend, got ready at the Four Season's in Newport Beach, CA. Total cost for room rental of four rooms, $465 per room total $1,860 for a total of three hours. 

Her night before the honeymoon a night at the Ritz in Newport Beach along the shores of the waters adjacent to Balboa Island a hotspot for tourist and families that lived on the island. The bride wore a simple wedding dress, a dress I would not call fashion forward in the bridal attire. It was plain, there was no rhinestones, there was no lace or appliques, nothing. However it was filled with much crinoline under her dress which cost $10,000 

She was Middle Eastern and the groom Jewish so they wanted to incorporate both lifestyles into their wedding. The groom's family provided the Kipa or for a better understanding, Yarmulke. It was all leather and with 24kt gold on each cap along with the bride and groom name and the date of their wedding. 

The guest total was 430 in which only 150 did not respond. The bride and groom provided gifts for each 430 guest prior to responding costing a total of $5,340 dollars a small crystal frame adorned in gold embossing as well. 

Their food total, $22,121 which was of course steak, lobster and followed with Caviar and crackers flown in straight from Jerusalem, The flower girls of course had their own live-in nanny and all the nanny's came and cared for the little girls that were being completely disobedient and I was the one chosen to discipline the girls.

The father of the bride came to me and handed me his checkbook with his signature and told me, "whatever is not covered with her $500,000 dollar budget, just write a check for it and make sure it happens! Yep, that was right, $500,000 dollar budget!

The honeymoon...consisted a trip around the world hitting all the hotspots such as Europe, Japan, Rome, Italy, and so on and so on. Total cost for honeymoon, $27,891

Yep, there were many weddings very similar in budget and size that I conducted from beginning to end and yes, I made a pretty penny. 

Vancouver Washington

Now, on the flip side of weddings in a small rural town, it is a completely different story. I was done with weddings and told myself I would never do another wedding ever again. I was through with the drama of the bride's I was done with the nagging mother's, I was done with the mother's trying to force the bride to do what SHE WANTED and me playing referee. 

I had become friends to my new neighbors when I moved here in 2008 rather quickly one being Jan a woman who was living with her boyfriend yet refused to marry him. She Jan, invited me to attend a high tea afternoon at her church insisting that I attend. The day we went I was greeted by a lady who shared she heard through Jan that I had conducted weddings back in California and she asked if I would consider doing her daughter's wedding. 

Reluctantly, I agreed. I was used to the high end weddings, the budget, the lifestyle, the everything when it came to doing weddings. But if one were to tour through Vancouver Washington, you will find beaten down trucks and cars, countless rednecks, poverty stricken families living on welfare and food stamps, and let's not forget the many homeless people standing on the freeway exits/entrances begging for money.

There were and still are many men and women and their children living under freeway underpasses or living within the tall grasses or their cars due to losing their homes. Being an alcoholic or drug addict is very normal within this city. The drug of choice is Meth and meth labs are in abundance often exploding from cooking the meth causing tragic events to take place.

More than 49% of the people where I live are on food stamps or WIC or some form of state help. These are not rich people. These are people that will never see the world, they work two or three jobs just to make a house payment or their rent. These are people that do not have the luxury to go out and purchase a dress from Macy's or JCPenny's or Sears.

As I began planning this girls wedding I asked the mother and father of the bride what their budget was. I was told it was $12,000 . I guess the look on my face must of been shocked because the mother of the bride asked me, "is that to much oh please don't tell me we need more. We just do not have the funds for her dream wedding." 

All I kept thinking was how to pull of a wedding for $12,000 dollars? The grooms family actually paid for the venue. My fee alone well, let's just say I lost a bucket full of money on this wedding. I normally charged 25% of the budget and upon doing the math, this family had no means to add $3,000 to the top of their already suffocating budget. How was I supposed to get paid? 

I asked the mother if the bride already had her food of choice, her dress, the invitations handled, music, and all other bells and whistles that follow in a wedding. The food was to be done by the venue for almost nothing because the bride worked there, her dress, was something from a thrift store and the invitations were printed from the home printer of the mother of the bride. They were a complete mess. Nothing was lined up, they were misspelled, crooked, and the snowball began. 

Wedding Dress Wishes

Since I started this venture of getting donations the cynical world has shown it true colors. People are selfish and unkind and they give that look, you all know what look that is..."what's in it for me" look. When I ask many now married women to please donate her wedding dress to my organization she looks at me as if I am asking her to have sex with Satan and then give birth to Devil Junior! 

I hear over and over, "no I would rather sell it" okay you do that but take a good look at yourself when you say that. Go on Craigslist and list your dress, it will sit and sit and sit because there are countless wedding dresses already on that list that have already "relisted" over and over because why? IT'S NOT GOING TO SELL

Go on eBay and try to sell your dress better yet, look up wedding dresses and you will find page after page after page of wedding dresses and you think you have the dress to end all dresses, well YA DON'T! 

What about the dress that is just hanging around and taking up space in your closet? Are you really ever going to wear it again? Do you think 30-40 years down the road your daughter is going to want to wear your dress..NO! 

Shopping! 

Let's go shopping. Remember those jeans you just "had to have" or that shirt, how about those shoes, and let's not forget that purse. What about the pictures on your walls, or the couch that cost well over $1,000 dollars. If one were to add up the dollars they spent out of the whole year on clothing for themselves alone what do you think that would total? 

And, when you get bored with those clothes and you want to "clean out" your closet and you toss in that 30 gallon trash bag those "jeans you had to have" and that purse and the tops, and where do they go? To a thrift store! 

So one can spend thousands of dollars on clothes, toss them into a bag and drop them off at a thrift store to help others (which many seek tax relief because they think they are doing a good deed) did all those clothes you purchased throughout the year, was that more than your wedding dress? You know the dress that is hanging in your closet taking up space? 

Yet, you won't donate it to help someone in need? 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Wedding Dress Wishes Oxy Moron Or Not?


I work a simple job. It is a job that I give 110% of myself each and every time I go to work. Do I ever dread going to work? Sure, doesn't everyone? As the days come and go I stand behind a cash register scanning everyone's purchases where I see all kinds of people. Some will have a friend or family with them and while I continue scanning I hear their stories of how their lives are. I try to not engage in their conversation because I often wonder if what they are talking about is personal or not.

I love giving back to people and I love helping people all kinds of people. That is one thing I do best. Some people will be short $.50 cents and I do not worry if my till is short or not, I just ring up their purchase and let them be on their way. Some are shameful of not having enough and as always, I see the people standing behind them rolling their eyes in disgust that they may have to wait longer for me to ring up their purchases if someone is short in money.

I of course just shoot them a look and wonder if they have ever struggled or why they can be so heartless to another human being? Just the other day a young girl came through my line with her purchase that consisted of paper plates, plastic cups, plastic silverware, and generic napkins. For some reason her face was sad, it was one that was so noticeable and as I continued to scan her purchases it seemed as if she was ready to drop a tear.

I of course couldn't stand it anymore and I asked her if she was alright. She just nodded a jerky nod as I continued to ring up her items. Her boyfriend came lunging to the line tossing a paper mache bell that one opens and clips together. It was in the form of a wedding bell. I of course looked up and struck up a conversation with her.

"Oh wow, are you or someone you know are they getting married?" she turned her head in shame and told me that it was she who was getting married. I always thought when one got married they would be filled with joy, they would be beaming of happiness for the whole world to see. Yet, not her. No, she was so sad and I asked her why she was so upset.

She told me she is not getting the wedding of her dreams. Oh sure, loves the guy but she wants a fancy wedding, she wants to march down the isle in her dream wedding dress to take the man that she loves more than life itself to say her "I Do's" but that dream has passed.

I started Wedding Dress Wishes for the sole purpose to give back, to help so many brides in the situation as this couple standing in my line. She had no wedding dress to wear on the day of her wedding. She was getting married in jeans and a T-Shirt.

Every single bride, no matter who you are will always remember what she wore on the day of her wedding. I could tell that this girl would never ever have the dress of her dreams let alone the means to ever buy a wedding dress.

That is where Wedding Dress Wishes comes into play. Wedding Dress Wishes wants to take those dresses that are stunning, that are beautiful and turn a financially challenged bride into her own Cinderella. Why is it, the brides who can afford to be their own "Cinderella" they just can't seem to see financially challenged brides who dream of being Cinderella also?

My Dream Is Now Coming To An End

I have spend the majority of my career planning weddings. From lavish crazy weddings with outrageous budgets to simple backyard weddings that are still elegant yet they are just simple weddings. I have spent close to 30 years dressing brides, helping brides find that dress, picking up dresses from alterations, taking dresses into be cleaned, boxed and preserved and once that newly married bride takes her dress after I do all the running around, where does it go?

I'll tell ya where it goes! Right into the closet or the basement, or mom's house, or under the bed, and it will sit and sit and sit again. You will not touch it, you will not play dress up, you can wish and wish over and over that if you have a little girl that she too will wear the very dress you did on one of the most important days of your life.

If I had a dollar for every single time I told a mother watching her daughter prepare for her wedding, "repeat after me, this is YOUR daughter's wedding, not YOUR wedding" I could live in Trump Towers!

Every single mother who has a daughter getting married, they always pull out their wedding dress and show it off to their daughter then asking them, "it would be wonderful if you could wear my dress, it brought me so much joy, I want you to have the same joy as I did on the day I got married" and as I stood before the bride whos wedding I was planning watching her mouth drop and then quickly turning to me in absolute horror because her vision of her own dress is nothing like her mom's yet she doesn't want to hurt her mom, stumbles for the right words to say. So, just what do I say to the mom?

"I'm sorry, but I thought it was your husband that brought you so much joy on the day you got married. Did you marry your wedding dress or did you marry the man you loved so much?" 

Out of the 30 years of me doing weddings, I have NEVER seen a bride walk down the isle in her mom's wedding dress. Oh sure, I have seen brides sew in a portion of their mom's wedding dress into their dress or I have seen brides take their mom's wedding dress and cut it up and wrap a portion of the material around her bouquet, but I have never seen a bride thrilled with joy to wear her mom's dress.

Now, when I share my dream of wanting to give back to financially struggling brides and the donation of money to The Children's Miracle Network, oh sure I get plenty of praise for doing such a great thing, I get so many pats on the back, I get told over and over what I great thing I am doing, I get told that I am a wonderful human for wanting to do such a wonderful thing.

I get told over and over, "I have a dress you can have" but when it comes to actually wanting to "donate" their dress, they either ditch me, or they avoid me. Here is a great example!

I have a dress you can have, I want to give back, I want to support what your doing. 
Oh great, thanks so much, do you want me to come and get your dress or do you want to meet me somewhere? 
Can I have your number and I will call you with the details? 
Sure here is my number and thank you for wanting to give back and help me

3 weeks go by and I don't hear anything then suddenly I get a text message on my phone..

Hi this is Heidi we met at Starbucks and we talked about me donating my wedding dress
Oh yes, hi Heidi how are you? 
Great thanks! So why not come to my house today and you can come get the dress
Well, my daughter has an eye doctors appointment today at 11 but I can come right after that
Okay, great I look forward to seeing you. Here is my address

Two hours go by and then I get another text message from Heidi...

I forgot I have an appointment in Portland at one this afternoon, can we meet after that appointment, do you have other plans?
No not really, would you like me to come to your house still or would you like to meet somewhere? 
Well being that I am going to be out near you, let's just meet

Then fifteen minutes goes by and yet I receive another text message from her again...

I made another appointment for this afternoon, let's meet tonight after 8:30 (by this time I was becoming very leery of this person, I was beginning to wonder if there was ever a dress)
After 8:30! I'm sorry but I can't 
Well, I have to go out of town tomorrow so let's just plan on you coming over tomorrow 
I work until 4 I can come right after that
Sound great my partner will be home he can give you the dress for sure this time!

This woman lives 40 minutes from me in the mountains of Camas. I was so excited to get my first donation, I was going to take a picture of her and place it on my website www.weddingdresswishes.com I was going to share with the world my hopes and dreams can possibly come true.

So, I call my daughter Sela and tell her were driving to Camas to get a wedding dress and like I promised, I go after work and drive the crazy roads to her house. I arrive and knock on the door and guess what...NO ONE WAS THERE! I was so depressed, I was so sad, my vision of taking a picture of my FIRST donation was fading. The hopes of getting my first dress was gone! So I texted her back and I was filled with anger this time

So, I am beginning to wonder if I have the right address no one is here
You mean my partner didn't leave the dress outside on the treadmill like he promised me? 
Nope, no dress! 
I am so sorry, I really am, give me your address and he will for sure drop it off this weekend I promise

The weekend goes by and still NO DRESS!! 

Why The Crazy Look?

Why is when I ask someone to donate their dress to me they give me a look as if I am asking them to have sex with Satan and then birth his son? I then ask them...

Did the dress make your marriage or did you and your husband make your marriage? Just where is that dress now? Is it taking up space in your closet? Is it turning yellow somewhere? Are you ever going to wear it again? I even get told that possibly in the future they will want to renew their vows down the road. Are you going to be that same size as you were when you got married?

Do The Math!

What if you saved every single receipt from the purchases of new clothes, shoes, bras, underwear, purses, make-up, hair products, and you added that all together after one year, would it be more then what you spent on your wedding dress? If so, then why is it, you can gather up those clothes toss them into a bag and donate them yet, you cannot donate a wedding dress you wore ONCE?

This is a wedding dress that will make a bride who financially cannot afford a dress, the feeling of beauty, the feeling of hope, the feeling of happiness just as you did on the day you got married!






Thursday, July 6, 2017

This is what make you!


There is a slew of actions and words that make up a person and who they are. Okay, so I admit, my Compass of Life in regards to my personal life choices in the past did not always point dew North. But the one thing I do have is integrity to what I say, my honesty that can be brutal and yes, when needed I would give the shirt off my back to a mere stranger if need be.

Integrity is not a present from another person with a pretty bow that we receive and once opened, we are suddenly filled with integrity. The one thing that irritates me the most, and I mean the utmost is when one person tells me they are going to do something that means something to me, something important, something that represents who I am and what defines you, then without notice or warning, the rug is pulled out from under my feet.

Integrity means you are worth the patience we should be filled with, integrity defines you as a human being. When one lacks integrity it will forever follow you like that black cloud of horrible luck that just seems to never go away.

I blogged yesterday about how the dream is real, how what I feel is the most worth while thing when helping out in my community. I am a true believer that when you give from the heart, when you take the time to extend a gentle hand, a warm smile or give without ever expecting anything back or secretly telling yourself, "what's in it for me?" is the best gift one can give to someone less fortunate.

Two weeks ago I was sitting inside of a Starbucks minding my own business and working on what I believe is the greatest gift one can ever give a bride who faces the hardest financial issues of her life.  Just because one is financially challenged does not mean that she cannot dream of having the same wedding as one that is not financially challenged.

Three people within this Starbucks struck up a conversation with me and asked what I was working on. I shared my vision of women finding it in their heart to donate their wedding dress, a dress that is sitting around collecting dust, boxed up, shoved into the corner of their closet, or even when one says, "I want my daughter to wear it" (which after 29 years of weddings I coordinated, I have NEVER and I mean NEVER seen a bride wear her mom's wedding dress) and of course I was greeted with what an amazing idea.

I also shared how I am linked with OHSU (Oregon Health Science University) Children's Hospital & Children's Miracle Network. Dresses that are donated and sold to financially challenged brides and families who want to buy a wedding dress yet do not have the money to buy one gives back to the community, it gives a bride a sense of pride that her dream of ever wearing a wedding dress is going to actually come true!

I am a non-profit organization and I am just at the beginning stages of creating my dream, my vision of helping brides who struggle to gather up funds to buy a dress. Once a dress is purchased, part of those proceeds will go to OHSU.

Well, this one lady who was sitting with these three individuals suddenly perked up and told me with such excitement that she has a wedding dress that has just been sitting in her closet for some time and would like to donate her dress. I was overwhelmed with excitement. This would mean my first donation, that meant that someone saw my dream, they understood my vision, they wanted to help the more than 3,000 plus each children that are brought to OHSU for medical treatment for the desperate  help in order to live and to top it off, a financially challenged bride gets to buy a dress 40-60% off full retail or even less depending on their income.

We had exchanged information and I went back to working on my work and those three individuals went back to their meeting and conversation. Now, two weeks later, this woman gets a hold of me via text and tells me yesterday;

________________________________________________________________________________

"Hi, this is Holly, I met you at Starbucks a couple of weeks and shared how I wanted to donate my dress to you" 

"Oh yes, Hi Holly" 

"I have an appointment in Portland, Oregon at 1pm is there any way you can come to my house this morning to pick up my dress?" 

"My daughter has a doctors appointment this morning but I can come right after that" 

"Okay, wonderful, here is my address"

_________________________________________________________________________________

Then we proceeded to talk more about what I wanted to have happen for my organization and how she knew a bunch of women who might want to do the same thing as her, donate their wedding dresses. I was growing so excited, I was thrilled with joy and I was beginning to see the light at the end of a very dark and frustrating tunnel as women looked at me when I asked them to donate their dress.

Then it happened! She pulled the rug out from under my feet and changed everything!

_______________________________________________________________________________

"Hey, it's Holly again, did I ever tell you that I was going out of town on the 5th of this month and won't be back until almost the end of the month?" 

I thought that was a strange thing to share but hey, I went with it, "no you never did share that" 

"Yeah, I am a massage therapist and I have a convention that I am going to and then I will be meeting up with my family for a vacation before school starts." 

"Oh wonderful." I shared back still unaware of why she was sharing this with me. 

"So, I think with your doctors appointment and my time restriction why not just meet tonight after 8:30?" 

"I am sorry Holly, but that won't work for me, I have something going on this evening." 

"Well, I just booked myself another appointment for today so meeting today is out of the question."

_______________________________________________________________________________

I was shocked at what she said, I was even more confused on why she got a hold of me telling me to meet her and gather up her wedding dress. I asked her directly if she was having any reservations for donating her dress and she shared no she wasn't. She even shared how she can't wait to meet my daughter, my daughter who was born at 29 weeks during my pregnancy and she too was a miracle baby. Holly even shared how her daughter and mine should get together and be friends because she is so close in age to my daughter Sela.

Then Holly shared, "Let's just get together after my trip, which now I don't know when I will be back my plans change like the wind with my life."

Why would someone tell me to meet them to get their dress, get me all excited and then tell me no its not a good idea? I get it, plans change, I understand that, but, when someone goes out of their way to have me make plans to meet them and then suddenly book another appointment rightfully knowing they are meeting me give me a feeling like they are casting me out like yesterday's garbage, is the rudest thing that someone can do.

Integrity People Integrity!

If this person Holly would have just gotten a hold of me and told me from the very beginning that she has been thinking of me and my organization and how she wants to donate her dress yet she has such tine constrictions for the day so lets meet up at the end of the month. That would have been far better than telling me;

I can't wait to meet you
I can't wait to see your daughter
I am so excited to donate my dress


INTEGRITY PEOPLE, INTEGRITY!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The DREAM is so real!


Well it's been some time since my last post. I have been so very busy getting everything up and running and yes, there are still things I need to do. Currently I am waiting for my business license to come in and once that arrives I am applying for my non-profit license as well.

I have taken the time to create my website www.weddingdresswishes.com and I have spent time and time again updating, removing, and adding information. I think we who create websites the non-professional and professionals will always criticize our own work.

I have made it my business to dress brides for more than 20 years. I have also helped brides take their once stark white wedding dress now tattered with remnants of wedding cake, food, champagne, make-up from the hugs of countless women, black dirt from the bottom while dragging their wedding dress when dancing, walking, and some even torn to their local cleaners where a typical wedding dress cleaned, preserved, and boxed can run $300-500 dollars.

Once the dress is cleaned and paid for by the newly "Mrs." I have always asked "so what are you going to do with your wedding dress now?" and it is always the same answer over and over again, "not sure who knows."

Rebecca, a bride I was assisting on designing her wedding asked me to tag along with her and her bridal party when finding her wedding dress. Rebecca is a simple lady she works one job often scrambling to make ends meet. As always she is no different than any other low-income person where I live. She faces paying partial cable bill, light bill, car insurance, rent, food, and she often is left with pennies each week until the next paycheck comes in.

When Brad her then boyfriend popped the question asking her to marry him the biggest worry that crossed her mind when she said "YES" was how to afford a wedding dress. With her current financial situation already a struggle and no financial assistance from her parents who passed away three years ago, she began to panic.

As we entered the bridal salon and we all saw the sea of wedding dresses hanging in every direction of the store where we were soon greeted by an oversized sales clerk asking if we had an appointment. Unaware that we had to have one, a wedding consultant was assigned to us. She greeted us with a huge smile and dressed in the as always attire, black, black, and then more black, she immediately wanted to know the budget for the dress we were searching for.

Rebecca informed her that her current allowable budget was only $175.00 and you should of seen the look on the consultants face. She acted as if someone in a tractor pull just ran over her kitten, her puppy, then her foot. She gave a snide look and I knew right then and there were we were head for.

The CLEARANCE SECTION of the dresses that NO ONE WANTS! My heart just broke when I saw Rebecca's facial expression. The once joyful and exciting strides she took as she entered the salon was now sorrowful and sad. There was only six dresses to choose from and that was it.

I saw the tears swelling up in her eyes, I could see the shoulders beginning to droop, and the hopes of having her dream wedding dress. She turned to all of us and swallowed real hard trying to not show the tears almost ready to drop down her face telling us maybe we should look elsewhere.

As we left I was determined to do something about it. I pulled her aside and told her that we will continue looking until we find it. I pounded the pavement looking over and over and to no avail I found nothing. I checked Craigslist, Facebook, newspapers realizing I was right back where I started from..SQUARE 1!

With months away from the wedding I happened to jump on Facebook to kill time before work and that was where I found someone advertising to sell their wedding dress. I clicked on the dress and searched for any abnormalities and I didn't see anything really but when I saw what she wanted for the dress I about gagged. She was selling it for $3,225 and a backstory how she paid almost $7,000 for it.

You see, not every single would be bride has the liberty to whip out a check for an obscene amount of money for a wedding dress and Rebecca was one of those brides who struggled to pay her bills. I contacted the bride who was selling her dress and shared my story about Rebecca and wondered if she would go down on the dress. I was shocked by her answer...

"It's not my problem she cannot afford the dress, that is what I am selling it for and that is what I want to get for it."

So I said my goodbyes and left. Rebecca and I then headed to our local thrift store and we were able to find a second hand wedding dress that was just a mess! It was being sold for $35.00 and it was purchased and that is what she wore, a tattered torn wedding dress on one of the most important days of her life. That is what she will remember for the rest of her life!

As the months passed and time went on I noticed that the woman selling her dress for $3,225 it was still available for sale except she lowered the price to $3,000 and then $2,500 then $2,000 and it went all the way down to $500 dollars.

I have never understood why so many then brides actually try to resale their dress for some crazy price or any price. This is a worn garment, this is a garment with dirt, stains, an altered garment, this is a dress that they cannot nor will they ever get what they are asking for it.

Whatever happened to the compassion of helping others? Whatever happened to helping someone in need? Why is it our world as turned to "what's in it for me" attitude? There is going to come a time when those seeking financial restitution for their wedding dress, they will need help from someone or something and I wonder if that someone or something will be there for them?

Donating your wedding dress to Wedding Dress Wishes is one of the most giving, most selfless acts a woman can do for another woman. Look, if your willing to donate your clothes to a woman's shelter, or to Goodwill, or give to other charities, why not do good for someone in need for a wedding dress?

DONATE TODAY YOUR WEDDING DRESS TO "WEDDING DRESS WISHES" @ WWW.WEDDINGDRESSWISHES.COM

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Trying to Find the Good In Everyone

Well since my last post which seems like forever, so much has happened and then on the flip side of that so much as NOT happened.

Why is it when you are trying to get something off the ground you are hit with the worst flu you could ever experience in your life? I wished for death a quite a few times, I couldn't breath, my head felt it weighed 5,000 pounds, my body ached, and if I laid down I would have cough fits.

Isn't life GRAND!

With me trying to get my recycled wedding dresses off the ground, I have learned how to post things on EBay, and I have been graciously given a few dresses that I would like to believe someone would wear. The wedding dress I have is still available and then again, I see wedding dresses just sitting on Craigslist unsold in which case the owner of those dresses just keeps renewing their post over and over. Tell me why I would be nervous right? I mean if they can't sell their wedding dresses, what makes me believe I can sell mine?

I tend to wonder how these other companies that recycle wedding dresses have become so successful and with a great following? Okay, I know, we all have to pay our dues and we all have to take the hard road and then by some freak thing, all of a sudden, the phone starts ringing and people begin pounding down your door looking for that certain dress they saw on either Facebook, Craigslist or through my website I developed...RIGHT? (well that's the plan)

Sending Emails

Well I have sent many emails to Make A Wish Foundation and yet never have they returned any back yet. I even called them and left message after message and still not one call returned. I would think that someone would want to work with them and at the same time giving money to them to assist in the wishes that need be granted. 

Phone Calls

So I decided if the office for Make A Wish Foundation won't return my emails then phone calls is the next avenue I would take. I will call their corporate offices. As I made my calls I was switched from one person, to the next, and the next and with each transfer of calls, I had re-live my reason of why I was calling and then finally after almost losing my cool, what happens? I get an extension and I am being told to leave a voice mail. So, I did and still two weeks later, not one returned call to me. 

If it was a snake it would of bit me

Now I am sure that many of you have heard or even told yourself, "if it would of been a snake it would of bit me" it just kept following me around and around and around and I guess I was so wrapped up in my life, I just didn't see it. 

About two weeks ago, I was driving through McDonald's getting my usual junk food instead of actually making dinner, and as I sat waiting at the drive-through window there was a box filled with change and attached to the window and it read; "How the Ronald McDonald House helps families and you can too" well that was one time and then other time I was walking into my local grocery store and there was someone standing outside with a name tag that read "Children's Miracle Network" and they were asking for change for their organization. 

Now I know that we all have heard of people standing outside of stores asking for donations in the form of change or dollar bills and actually using for their own benefit instead of the actual organization. But, I have my very special reasons for loving this place. So, I dug into my change purse and pour in my lose change and walked along my merry way. 

Then the next day I see the Children Miracle Network again and the next store and the next, then once again as I am making my way through McDonald's yes once again, I see the Ronald McDonald's House box asking for donations and once again it is almost filled to the brim. 

Then it dawns on me right then and there, was I seeing these organizations for a reason? Was I supposed to see these because if it was a snake it would of bit me? Am I supposed to focusing my attention on this organization? 

Okay, so I thought Make A Wish Foundation was the key group I wanted to work with, but now I am wondering if I am supposed to change my direction of thinking and start all over by contacting Children's Miracle Network? 

So recently, my youngest daughter, my baby that was born way to early, she comes into my office and tells me how some hospital has now joined forces with the Children's Miracle Network and they are working side-by-side in assisting families with their medical needs in hopes to have their baby live long loving lives. 

My mind began to trail back to when she was born and how the Ronald McDonald's House was there to help me through the hardest transition of my life. I was standing over my youngest daughter as she was plugged into every single working machines that assisted her in breathing, living and not turning jaundice. 

I do consider my youngest daughter a miracle, she wasn't supposed to live, she had a 6% chance of survival and she beat the odds. Have I found my founding fact of who I want to make donations to? Well, time will tell, I am going to write to them and see if I can in fact use their non-profit licensing instead of me having to get my own. 

Is that even possible? Can I actually use someone else's non-profit licensing? 

Friday, June 16, 2017

When all else fails, create your U-Turn


Does anyone remember as a young child you would go to your mom and dad and tell them, "my throat hurts." and of course mom instantly slammed her hand into your forehead to see if you had a fever, dad rolled his eyes and would tell you, "you're still going to school tomorrow," and before you knew it, mom had a spoon full of the worst tasting medicine in your mouth demanding that you swallow when actually you wanted to throw it up.

Like that horrible tasting medicine, we come across people that will give you the advice that you don't want to hear and it creates that horrible taste in your mouth. Swallowing bad tasting medicine that your mom knows is good for you, is also the same in business. The advice given can be horrible yet you know what others are telling you is actually the best thing for you.

Well, yesterday I had the pleasure of speaking to several business owners regarding my recycled wedding dress business and why I wanted to do a non-profit. Several which I mean FIVE all told me the same thing, "Start as a profit making business and create a name for yourself and once established, then, you can change over to a non-profit. You want to gain trust within the community that you live and a great following and by doing that, you need to create a name first."

Okay, so the first business I walked into and was told what I need to do first, I angrily stomped my feet out of their business dragging my youngest daughter behind me and grumbling some obscenities under my breath. I know out of anger I think I created some new foul words and of course my daughter looked at me as if I was possessed while almost fearful of me.

Yet, when it came to the second business, and third and fourth, and finally the fifth and I was told the same yet in a different format that was when I knew I was in trouble. I was pissed because someone couldn't see my vision of what I wanted to do, what I wanted to create for families and loved one's who would be missing their child once gone.

Oh sure, I got the, "wow, your amazing for wanting to do that BUT..." I didn't want to hear that "BUT" within that sentence of the other looking back at me, and these were all very successful businesses. I didn't go to some mom and pop business stores or my local liquor stores, I visited other companies somewhat similar but not completely the same. For instance, I checked out a vintage clothing store, a resale clothing store, a wedding dress salon, etc. etc.

My daddy always told me, "if you got more than three people saying the exact or almost the same thing, maybe you should take stock in what they are saying and open your ears not your mouth."

So for now, my non-profit book is going to go on the shelf and I am going to focus on making my business cards and building my website. I happen to come across a dear friend of mine who owns Haute Madre a woman's recycled clothing store and I have to admit, she does pretty well for herself!

Her name is Michelle and she happens to know a woman who has her hands on several wedding dresses and wants to unload them and hopefully will give me a great deal. I am finding out that several women want to hold on to their wedding dresses for their daughter to wear when she gets married.

Well, after 29 years of doing weddings, I have NEVER EVER SEEN a bride wear her mom's wedding dress EVER! I have seen brides rip and tear apart their mom's wedding dress and incorporated it into their bouquet or have a portion of it sewn into THEIR CHOSEN wedding dress but NEVER have a seen a bride and I have done over 800 weddings walk down the isle in their mom's dress.

A bride wants to wear her own style of dress, she has her own fashion sense and she wants the dream of picking out her own dress and showing it off. A bride has dreamed of what her wedding dress will be like and that dream does not include walking down the isle in her moms dress. Oh sure, its an admirable thing to do and just about every mom wants to see their daughter in her dress but mom's have to remember and so many forget, this is YOUR daughter's wedding NOT YOURS!

God, if I had a nickel for all the weddings I did and for every break down that every mom had related to what her daughter wanted meaning the style, theme, food, invitation, I mean the list goes on and on, I would be filthy rich! So many mom's become engrossed in the planning of their daughter's wedding and they tend to forget it's not YOUR wedding, it's your daughter's wedding and I have told countless mom's over and over and over again, "it's not your wedding, it's your daughter's wedding so bite your tongue, write the checks and just breath."

There was one wedding I did and the husband and wife just separated three months before their daughter's wedding due to the husband being unfaithful. The dad went to the daughter and asked if he can bring his new girlfriend to his daughter's wedding. Wow, you should have witnessed the break down not just from the bride but from his wife! It brought a whole new meaning to the Hatfield's & McCoy's.

So For Now....

I am now creating my U-turn and so many of us when we have a dream of doing something, we can still do it but we may have take a U-turn and that's okay, we are still doing our dream we are just taking different avenues.

Think of it this way; when your driving in the busy downtown streets and your map quest tells you to go right and you are met with a dead end, do you give up or do you find another way to get to your final destination? No, you don't give up, you find your way around the crazy busy streets until you finally reach where your going.

There are always different ways of taking your journey, and you will come across one road block after another and you will be met with challenges that you thought you would never meet, but its baby steps and we must learn to walk before we can run.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

My Mama Said There Would Be Days Like This



As young girl I wanted to be right just ONCE or multiple times and have my mom be wrong just that ONE time or even multiple times. Yet, no matter what happened in the end of everything I did, she was right and it just bugged me!

Still now at the age of 56, when I tell her my ideas and thoughts along with what I want to accomplish, she of course tells me what can go wrong, what will go wrong, and then as I stand there still I want her to tell me how right I am but, that doesn't happen and why? Because to this day, she is STILL RIGHT!

The Vicious History of Life!

I would like to meet the kings of wisdom who always said, "history will always repeat it's self" because now some how some way I have become my mother telling my own daughters what can happen, what will happen, how to do things, how not to do things, what to say, and, well you get the idea especially if your a mom!

I would like to know when I became my mother especially when it comes to my daughters? Has my mom's own wisdom poured over to me or has life just been such a learning point as I walked through some of the darkest places of my life while learning just how cold and mean life really can be? Are we supposed to take the darkest points of our lives and learn from them, of course we are.

As I grow older and still feel I need to impress my parents with my very own success, a very daunting and exhausting task, I decided to try to venture out and get my real estate license. After three failed attempts of wanting my real estate license and only seeing the beauty of selling homes and making a bundle of cash yet it never happened. I failed the real estate exam THREE TIMES!!

Why is it we always see the glamour of things and not the reality of things when we venture out and try something else? Do our minds become so fogged up that the reality of what can go wrong we tend to push away the reality of it instead of facing our challenges head on?

Does the success we crave and yearn for become so dark and unattainable due to the challenges we take on the very challenges that often rattle our minds and dreams so deeply we tend to give up and why is that? Why is it when we talk to someone that actually made a success of themselves we always ask ourselves, "okay, so what did they do to become a success and not me? What obstacles did they face and how did they overcome them? Where they independently wealthy that it just didn't matter what financial struggles came their way it was just drop in the penny bucket for them?" 

Okay, I get it, I know we all have to pay our dues and we all have to start somewhere yet there are so many out there I feel they have a dream and within a matter of months they have become this great success.

"Wish Upon A Wedding Dress"

My dream of opening up my own "Pre-Owned Wedding Dresses" as a non-profit is becoming just depressing. I shared earlier how I was one of the lucky one's with my youngest daughter. She came into the world when I was almost 30 weeks pregnant and well, babies often born at that age will suffer complications and often never reach a certain age or they are left with multiple challenges not only for themselves, but for the families of these children.

The very vivid memories of myself being at CHOC Children's Hospital in Santa Ana, California of me standing over the incubator of my daughter who was literally plugged into every machine possible to help her breath, work her kidneys, assist her in not becoming jaundice, blood tubes, blood pressures, I mean you name it, Sela was hooked up with it.

I still remember the three families that were told their son or daughter would never reach the tender age of young child and for now, just make the most of the time they have with their beloved child. I vividly remember the tears of these families rightfully knowing they will have to bury their babies yet I was going to take my daughter home.

I had heard of "Make-A-Wish Foundation" and it just stuck in the back of my mind of what they do and how they take in donations to help the young dying children or teens have one last wish before they die. The one wish they wanted to accomplish before they take on their last breath and close their eyes and let the Angels of Death come and take them away from their families as they weep of their child now gone.

I always told myself if I ever won the lotto I would give a big chunk of my money to this organization because I was one of the lucky ones, I got to bundle my baby up in the blankets I bought and the darling little outfit for her first adventure into the world and now coming home with me for the rest of her life.


I managed to save my money and buy two wedding dresses and one evening gown. One of the wedding dresses is a vintage wedding dress that is just amazing, it was hand made and just a stunning beauty. The other is more simpler wedding dress that is still very pretty and the evening dress well, that can be worn by a more mature woman who is marrying again yet wanting to keep her attire simple yet elegant. Or, it can be worn at a black and white affair, a dinner party, wine tasting event, you name it, once this evening dress is worn, you will be the talk of the evening!


Simple Yet Elegant $75.00 Size 16

Beaded Sheer Jacket

Beaded & Tailored







Strapless Simple Yet Elegant Dress Size 4-6 $150.00


























                                                              Hand Made Vintage Wedding Dress
                                                     $900






So those are the dresses I am trying to sell and make some money so I can start my non-profit and work side-by-side with Make-A-Wish Foundation so I can bless those that are in need of support, love, and comfort for their beloved babies!

I have posted my dresses on Facebook (Vancouver, WA Free, Buy, Trade or Barter)  and Craigslist (Portland OR then by clicking on CLK short or Clark County) and yet not one hit. I guess I was thinking that this was an easy sell because they are in fact beautiful dresses. I have done my homework for the vintage wedding dresses and I have talked to vintage shops and found out that a vintage wedding dress such as mine could go for much more than I am offering.

So, as I sit and lick my wounds and still check email on a daily basis along with my posted Facebook page and Craigslist I still pray and hope that someone will buy these while still seeking out donations of wedding dresses, I hope and pray that this dream comes full circle and I can make one last wish for a child to come true.

If your interested in purchasing these dresses please contact me denineblas85@gmail.com or if you have any thoughts or ideas of how I can make this dream come full circle, that would be amazing!

Thanks for reading!

Monday, June 12, 2017

If You Seek Do You Really Find?

There is always that old adage, "be careful what your searching for, you may not like what you find." Man, oh man is there some real truth to that or what!

Trying to find ourselves is one of the most trickiest things one will ever do. Sure we do the same thing each and every day and follow what everyone believes is what we should do.

  • Grow up
  • Go to school
  • Go to college
  • Get a job
  • Fall in love
  • Get married
  • Have kids
  • Be house poor
  • Become broke
Somewhere amongst that pattern I just laid out we all begin to feel the pressure when we are in high school because your parents or extended family are breathing down your neck asking you, "so what do you want to do when you grow up?"

Hundreds of thousands of people will map out their life. For example, my best friend, her son told everyone he wanted to be an architect that is all he ever wanted to be. He studied hard in high school, graduated with honors, moved on to community college and of course graduated with straight "A's" and was accepted at one of the most prestigious colleges in Southern California.

He has now graduated, and of course landed a job as an architect and now realizes it is just not for him. How many times has that happened to us? I was always the shy kid growing up. I lacked great self-esteem and I always wanted the opposite of everyone said I should be and success was one thing I thought I always lacked.

I was always scared to push myself and do exactly what I wanted and I am now suffering the great consequences of those fears. For example, since I was so scared to speak out in public due to my stuttering problem, I always feared speaking in public. Speaking in public to me meant you had to be sure of yourself, you needed to feel secure with yourself and since I never did, I just stuck with waitressing. One dead end job after another. I became accustomed to that life style and just let it take over. Little did I know it was actually leading me somewhere.

I still have a firm belief that we need to take stock in ourselves and jot down what we feel are our greatest strengths and weakest strengths. For our weakest ones, we need to climb out of the box that we have become so accustomed to living, a box that has now given us security and create challenges for ourselves that we thought we could never do.

For me, it is selling wedding dresses. We need to follow what our heart of hearts really tells us to do not what is expected of us.

Wedding Coordination

To this day, I still remember working at a fancy restaurant as a food server and the manager coming in ready to pull his hair out in a total panic. The booked a very large wedding party of more than one hundred guest and trust me, it was falling apart right before his very eyes and he somehow lost control of the entire event.

I was standing next to the burners waiting for my food to come up and my heart just went out to him. I know how that happens and I too have lost control of a large dinner party I was working and needed the help of others to turn it around. Before I knew it, grabbed me by my hand and begged me to step in and help him out. Out of all the servers working that night, out of all the other servers that had far better talents then myself, he picked me. I still think it was because I was the only food server on close range of him.

I remember taking him by his hands and shaking him then yelling for him to get a grip and just talk to me. I first asked him what was missing, then what he needed, and I took it from there. I walked into the room with my pen and paper and went to each of the tables, took their drink orders first. Ran to the bar and ordered a multiple of drinks.

II gathered as many other servers and told them where they went and run! Then, the food, then the cake, the dance, the music and before you knew it everyone was laughing and mingling and having a great time. To this day I have no clue how I even pulled that off. 99% of the time I was just winging it and making it up as I went along.

As I got better at it, I became more aware of my surroundings as a wedding coordinator, it just kind of took off especially since I helped my continuing guest and their daughters wedding. I learned that the most important part of a wedding is...

The Wedding Dress!

How many people have walked away from any wedding and they talked about the wedding dress? TONS! Out of the 600 plus weddings I have done, during the night of the wedding that is all I ever heard.

Oh trust me I have heard,

  • Did you see that wedding dress, it is just ugly or what?
  • Man she wasted her money on that dress
  • Does she think she really looks good in that dress?
  • What was she thinking when she bought that dress?
  • It looks like she is just ready to burst out of that dress!
  • Did the dress cost more than the wedding?
  • Why would someone want to spend that much money on a dress you only wear ONCE?
  • That is one of the most stunning wedding dresses I have ever seen!
  • She looks like an angel!

I mean I have heard it all yet the one thing I also heard over and over, "this is not the dress of my dreams, I just settled for this dress because we couldn't actually afford the one I really wanted."

That just broke my heart, here is a lady who is marrying the man of her dreams supposedly and she is just "settling" for her wedding. There are so many women out there that cannot afford the dress of their dreams and that dream wedding is no longer a dream.  

I remember working at David's Bridal, that place is just insane! We had to sell over $2,500 dollars in wedding dresses each week and if we didn't, we got fired. That is how it was when I worked there. So the real truth behind that store is the wedding dress assistant will tell you how great you look even if it is the most atrocious wedding dress on a bride just to make a sale.

I REFUSED to tell a bride how great she looked in a wedding dress to make sale. I would be forthcoming and tell the bride that it is not in her best interest to even entertain the idea of trying on certain wedding dresses because it does not flatter her personality, figure, and the theme of her wedding.

Trust me, that pissed off my manager but oh well! Imagine, someone is coming to YOUR store and putting their trust in someone they DO NOT KNOW looking for guidance and acceptance let alone, spending hundreds on a dress that is ugly? I learned a great deal about wedding dresses and styling the bride when dressing her for one of the biggest days of her life.

I would pull out dresses that often the bride turned a blind eye too and told her, "trust me, this will work" and as always, when the dress came out and on the bride, tears would begin to fall.

So, now I am still trying to get my mission off the ground and start my non-profit and start to sell my wedding dresses. I already have three that I managed to buy.




1942 Vintage Wedding Dress

Let's see what happens!