Perhaps it’s my upbringing or the fact I was an immigrant, but I’ve never felt “normal” or felt any pressures to be anything else but myself, to do the things I enjoyed and to dress the way I wanted. Now that’s not to say I didn’t have to take a path to get to that point, but once you arrive, there is a freedom in living the way you want to without feeling the pressure to fit in.
It contains more stories of the past like her first book, If You Have to Cry, Go Outside, but with more emotionally mature themes like love, death and spirituallity. (The last chapter had me hiding my tears under my new Burberry sunglasses on a crowded streetcar late last week.)
She talks honestly and frankly about her personal views on finding your calling, living life less frivously to focus on what matters, how media distracts us from what’s really going on and instills fear, having
good great sex in her own “Kella-Sutra”, celebrations and holidays, Eleanor Roosevelt, The Univeral Declaration of Human Rights (a great insert), compassion, the legal system, your “No Matter What Club” (loved this part), spiritual awakenings and death.
It’s a bit of a whirlwind of information to be honest and took me a few days longer to complete than her last – which I gobbled up in two days. I would put the book down to look up something she’d referenced or simply took some time to absorb what she was saying and how it related to my life and experiences.
As with, If You Have To Cry, I am recommending this to anyone starting their journey into their career path. There are so many lessons and ideas that I wish I had had someone express to me when I was in my late teens/early twenties. She is a wonderful and inspiring mentor.
Last Wednesday, I, and some of the particpants from the Passion For Fashion Program and from the Toronto Fashion Incubator, were invited to the CBC’s for a taping of one of my favourite talk shows George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight where Kelly was a guest. Afterwards, I could see so many of the people who I have recently seen grow in the industry venture out onto John Street inspired and motivated, ready to take on the fashion world. Thank you Kelly for everything you are doing and thank you Carolyn Rohaly for the invite.