Something Nice

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While being bummed over a recent scum bag, I found a blog post written on Elite Dailey that gave 40 ideas of things you could do over writing your x a letter. One of them was to write something nice about someone you care about. Well, one of my employees was in need of a recommendation letter so I found it as a perfect way to distract my x letter writing. Love me some Olecia!

To Whom it May Concern,

It is my pleasure to recommend Olecia Daniels as she applies for an internship within corporate fashion. Her professionalism with both the internal and external client, as well as her talent for styling within her role as a sales associate has made her a vital asset to my business.
I hired Olecia in August when I was first put into position as the General Manager of Athleta on the Upper East Side. I was referred Olecia while prepping a team who would be able to get the product knowledge they needed to present clients with our Fall 2014 line being featured in NYFW for the first time. She quickly became one of our top studio stylists, and has helped me build trust in clients that my team puts fashion first.
Olecia has worked alongside me during various community events, corporate visits, and drives sales. She has helped with the training and on boarding of new hires and I would rank her as one of the best studio stylists we have.
Olecia is highly intelligent, personable, and a genuine young woman who cares about people. If I can be of any further assistance, or provide you with any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me; I would always make time to discuss Olecia.
Sincerely,
Kadie Chronister
General Manager Athleta

#MomChrongetshitched

Speech

Here is a little flashback to the toast I gave at my mother’s farm wedding last weekend in Brighton, Michigan. While surrounded by many friends and family from all over the country, I experienced one of the most beautiful and emotional weddings EVER. I miss this weekend already mostly due to all the wonderful moments that I was able to share with so many wonderful friends and family members. I want my mom to be able to look back at videos, pictures, and even my blog-posts to forever be connected with her special day. So if you missed the speech..here it is!

#momchrongothitched,

Kadie

When I was a little girl I used to have a reoccurring dream about the day my Mom got married. In my mind, I had missed something I knew I should have be a part of. I imagined it happening in a big back yard because that is where Julie and I practiced the “big day” many summer afternoons in Granny’s yard. But the truth is, most kids don’t get the opportunity to be a part of their Mother’s big day and as you all know, it is a true blessing because Melissa would not have it any other way. Thirteen years ago, the new girl in town had her life changed by so many of you sitting in this room and by year four she was finally ready to love herself again which opened her heart for her Prince Charming. Matt, the kindest man many of us have ever met, and Melissa, the owner of the biggest heart in the world were married today. So here I am, living my “baby dream” front and center, (I’M ON A FARM!) on my Mommy’s wedding day. So favorite friends, & best family ever, please raise your glass for a big cheers to my Mother, Melissa Chronister, and my new Dad, Matthew McDaniel.

*In the pic I be sporting a vintage crochet dress from Loose Threads Boutique, and a necklace from Nastygal.com

Happy Hustler

dog walker

My first job was a dog walker for a blind man at the end of our street who had a 2-year-old black lab named Fanny. I say this was my first job because I probably can’t count picking up dead fruit under the many fruit trees in our yard for a penny each! I was paid on Friday’s for four walks a week and I would earn $20.00 a week. This provided my first weekly income and I truly depended on it each week. For a broke 7th grader who needed lunch money as well as cash for the afternoon snack binge before soccer practice that all of my peers enjoyed, this job became a necessary weekly activity. I recently read an article in the New York Times discussing the debate over giving free lunch to kids at school. I immediately recalled why I feel this is a good program, and it made me think back to my school lunch situation as a child. The school board did grant Julie and I vouchers to get free lunch at school but in order to do that you, had to be the kid in the lunch line that was obviously paying with her free lunch voucher as your other student peers needed change for a $50.00. Due to being ashamed of who I was, I picked hunger and food sacrifice instead of obviously revealing the fact that my family was poor. With all other political ranting’s aside, this reason alone is why I would vote for all students to be provided free lunch at school. Do I think it’s silly I thought it made me less of a person to my peers because I had to give a lunch voucher? Absolutely! But kids are cruel and kids are kids, so if this would solve the issue of any child going without lunch, than it would get my vote. My dog-walking job provided me the independence of my own money and with my own lunch cash I didn’t need an embarrassing lunch voucher.

This job seems easy for a twelve-year-old, but I remember it being quite the opposite, and like any job, it could be quite a nuisance. It was my self proclaimed “entry level position” for mastering time management, as well as the first of many times I was broken up with due to my addiction to work. This job was also the start of pairing passions with money earnings. Running was always a hobby of mine from a very early age so at least with a job like dog walking I could work on my track result times at the same time I was making a dollar. Maybe my athletic sprinting ability is genetic or maybe its from the afternoons of sprinting up the street like Forrest Gump in order to quick pick up the keys under the mat, dash inside to grab Fanny and then quickly dart her down the river for her walk. Walks had to happen but so did all of my other responsibilities such as track, soccer, homework, youth group, etc. It was exhausting, and I remember sometimes having to walk her late at night due to being stuck in the school parking lot after practice waiting on Granny to remember to come pick me up while missing hours of kid me time.

So on this Monday, if you are headed to a job that you don’t necessarily love just realize that can be common. You do not get to where you want over night and need to do the not so fun jobs in order to gain insight of what it is you do and don’t want. If it is dog walking, sandwich making, or watching paint dry, it can be temporary if you keep working hard.

Relationships and Money Making

Not counting the elementary boys I chased down on the playground and kissed, I have had numerous relationships not work out due to my work responsibilities, and being a #girlboss (thank you for that fabulous hashtag Sophia Amoruso) above anything else. My first heartbreak happened after a “three-way” phone call with another “three-way” dialer making it a 6 way (got that?) with all of my meangirl best friends silent as my boyfriend dumped me. When I cried and asked why, he responded, “Because you can never go to the movies with me and because you always have to walk the dog.” I was crushed, and as I picked up more jobs over the next couple of years during high school, it was often a secret to many of my peers where I was and where I was working. I was a closet workaholic that faced other insecure dudes dumping me over work in the future. I was broken up with after college when I was first promoted to store management in Coral Gables, Florida. This was one of the most exciting times of my life and marks the first big move in my career, and the guy I was celebrating this with was an insecure loser. Yuck, I can’t say I am proud of my choices and how long it took for me to figure this out, but people, DO NOT date someone that does not support your hustling habits! Balance in relationships is important, but so is your career so learn to fit it all in. I have learned to be able to workout, work, work some more, hang out with friends, fit in a relationship, send a text, write, post on instagram, tweet, sell shit on ebay, hang out with family, and now I am never ashamed to make a dollar between it all.
If only I would have just ordered the damn free lunch and the hell with it! Who knows though, they do say there is no such thing as a free lunch.

To my staff

My staff at the Holiday meeting

My staff at the Holiday meeting

Today starts the new fiscal year for my team at work. I would not end it without thanking them for their dedication last year. To all my readers, my team is one of my best quality’s 🙂

Hello Team,

As the year ends, I wanted to take a moment to personally thank you all for your hard work this past year. I remember my first day walking into this store and all the goals I wanted to accomplish, and it never could have happened without each one of you. I can honestly say that each one of you have impacted who and what we are today. Every one of our successes are due to your dedication to me, and to this team and I am forever thankful for that. I am proud to have been along side of the four of you, developing your opportunities and also thankful for your trust and motivation to work through my feedback. I have never been more proud of what you have overcome.

We sure have been through a whirlwind together, building a new and diverse hand-picked team and we have come out as team who believes in each other. I am excited to be your leader as we embark into 2014. We know it’s true… we are the best team regardless of the numbers, the competitions, and the “talk”, because we are genuine and we are a team.

Congrats on 2013 team..you deserve it. You are forever in the green to me.

Love,

Kadie

Good Boss

I just got off the phone with my old boss and it dawned on me that excatly one year ago, she sent me to interview for the current position I hold as a store manager in Manhattan. I had shared with her six months prior that I had a dream to move to New York City and that I wanted a chance to be known for something in my life. She is so motivational and she makes me feel hopeful for my future accomplishments every time I talk to her. I love her passion for what she does, and her personality is so infectious. She asked me to write a recommendation for her linkedin profile (included below) and without hesitation I put together some words to describe one of my most favorite people I have ever been lucky to know. I could not imagine how I could have been as successful in the fashion world without her guidance and support. It’s really important to have someone in your life where you can ask and receive advice from that you trust. I think I will go move a mountain now.

*I met Lori while in role as a Selling Department Manager at Anthropologie, and because of her investment and development in me; I am where I am today. Lori is a hard-working, motivational, and smart business woman, and the lessons I have learned from her have molded my management style in my current career at LOFT. I have witnessed Lori’s leadership create an environment where hardworking and passionate people stay engaged, and I know that whoever works under her direction is immensely talented.

Snowed In

Today because of storm Hercules, I have decided to stay home from work and work on my happiness at home (inspired by one of my favorite authors Gretchin Rubin of course). The more I cross of my to-do’s the closer I come to accomplishing all of these dreams!

Some of those things are:

*Sorting my wardrobe so that everything in it meets my new styling requirements for myself
*Learning the Workbitch by Britney Spears choreography (I have to do this at home because I don’t know anyone else teaching it)
*Yoga flow
*Starting my tax return (Yes, it’s that time again and I want my return back before March!)
*Looking through decorating inspiration for our apartment
*Posting my furniture to sell (linked with the above because my furniture is too big for my apartment. My boyfriend and I say that we have Florida Furniture in a New York apartment).
*Cooking (my goal is to eat more meals homemade this year)
*Writing a bad ass cover letter (because its nice to have one of those on hand)
*Working on a business plan (because I dont want to work for someone else for the rest of my life)
*A little French lesson (learning words through you tube..Hey, we all have a budget and needs!)