2nd May, 2012 @ 13:59 | alyssa

Ni-Hao from China!

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Hello from China everyone! I always have so many sweet and supportive comments and questions about my travels abroad, so we thought we’d share the travel as it unfolds…so here it goes.

Brittani (our superstar product manager) and I are here checking on the production of our newest bag collection. Traveling gives me continual amazement and humility every day. I feel deep thanks for the lessons that come with seeing the world and interaction across cultures. I always dreamed to see the world and to experience life outside of my normal day-to-day routine. Now that I’ve been given this opportunity, I try to rejoice each day and be grateful for it.

I was reminded of that appreciation when we arrived in Hong Kong, which is astounding…and reminded again when driving through the beautiful green hillside over the bridge where the water is spotted with tons of oyster fishing platforms into Mainland China. Breathtaking for sure!

But the road isn’t always glamorous.  There are so many physical and emotional difficulties and hardships in traveling abroad, and also in trying to work with partners abroad. Physically, you are very hot and sweaty most of the time. You often don’t eat or go to the bathroom for 12 hours or more…driving in cars on roads with no apparent traffic laws or rules. Simple things we take for granted for sure.

Yesterday while in the middle of an intense and very stressful meeting with one of our partners, a huge rat (I mean HUGE) meandered across the little ledge near the ceiling and into a hole where it hung out with its tail dangling from the wall during our negotiations. I couldn’t help but keep my eye on its every move. Then…the long journey in a car driving in China traffic while the sky turned completely black and started pouring as we got dropped off at the wrong hotel! 🙂  All you can do is let it go sometimes. Ha!

You definitely have to believe in what you are trying to do.  I remind myself of the blessings in the lessons presented to me. My motto is to keep your chin up and have a glass of wine at the end of the day if at all possible.

I know today is a new day. Although the end of the tunnel seems far away, I never lose faith because I believe in what we are doing (more than making handbags), the great things we can do for people as we grow with philanthropic activities and our Consuela Culture Club events lifting women. We are building an amazing positive platform that will be able to do good things for people, and this is what is most important in my life.

So today, I’m starting out with my favorite daily reminder.

“This is the day that the Lord has made. Rejoice and be glad in it. Begin the day with open hands of faith, ready to receive all that I am pouring into this brief portion of your life. The best way to handle unwanted situations is to thank me for them. This act of faith frees you from resentment and allows good to emerge from them.

To find joy in this day you must live within its boundaries. I understand human frailty, and I know that you can bear the weight of only one day at a time. Do not worry about tomorrow or get stuck in the past. There is abundant life today.”

Hope you have a good day and find a moment of joy wherever you are.

Love,