As an entrepreneur, I can never read too many career profiles –two of my online favorites are The Everygirl’s Career Profiles and Design Sponge’s Biz Ladies series. It’s so nice to take a look into other women’s lives and see where they came from and how they got to be where they are today. I find them incredibly inspiring and are one of my favorite things to read. Lately, I have been reading some wonderful autobiographies, which is new for me, because I typically prefer articles over books. I don’t know why I never realized this sooner, but most of these books are actuality just a long form version of a career profile! I just finished Betty Halbreich’s memoir I’ll Drink to That, which was quite an interesting read. I was attracted to the book for a couple of reasons: first, great book cover, you can immediately tell she’s got a great sense of style, plus as the title suggests, there are drinks involved. Second, I first caught a glimpse of Betty in the documentary, Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s, and I thought she was just so cool, I had to know more.
I was not disappointed. I found her life not only fascinating but also inspiring. She gives it to you straight with her own particular brand of wisdom. She has been working at Bergdorf’s for forty years, and it was this job that really changed the direction of her life, it gave her purpose and it allowed her to change other people’s lives on a daily basis, not just through the clothes she put them in, but in the relationships made and conversations had.
It’s important to have someplace to be in the morning.
This part of her life spoke to me directly, as I have reached a certain point in my life where I could kick back and do nothing, but how boring would that be. I realized I am not finished yet. I have been going back and forth about opening another store. I too recognize the importance and value of having someplace to be in the morning and when its someplace you love, even better. We’ll see.