The first thing you should know about me is that going into the lingerie business after being an educator and instructional designer for 13 years scares the pickles out of me. The second thing you should know about me is that I am doing it anyway. I am even blogging about it, so you can be with me on every step on my journey, as I experience my ups and my downs, my failures and my victories.
I debated whether or not to have an “About Me” page. Not too long ago, someone sent me his bio, and I was so bored that I couldn’t even finish it. It was three pages long, for crying out loud! I didn’t want to do that to you. But then I decided to go for it because I think I have a pretty good story to tell, and you can always leave the page if you don’t want to read it.
I have lived an amazing life, and everything I’ve done and everywhere I’ve been has led me to this exact point. (That sounds so cliche’.) Never in a million years did I think I would “end” up here.
When I grew up, I wanted to be a heavy metal rock star. I mean, really — who didn’t want that growing up in the ’80s?
At least those were my plans, but getting pregnant at 16 kind of made that impossible. Not only did that end my life-long dream of seriously shredding the guitar on stage, but it also ended the crazy lifestyle I was living at the time. That was a good thing because that way of life would have probably killed me.
So yada, yada, yada, life went on. For seven years, my daughter and I grew up together. Then, I met and married my husband, the Marine, and I had another daughter. Now, both daughters are grown. The oldest is married and just had her first baby, and the youngest is getting ready to graduate from college. I am so proud of them both. Hands down, my greatest accomplishments 🙂
In a nutshell, here is what I’ve done between my first pregnancy and now:
- Graduated from community college
- Worked as a Paralegal
- Got the itch to design lingerie for large-breasted women
- Graduated from state college
- Married my Marine
- Moved to Texas (my favorite state!)
- Had second daughter
- Went back to college for teaching credentials
- Taught 9th grade English
- Moved to Florida
- Worked as Instructional Designer
- Graduated from grad school
- Moved to North Carolina
- Worked as a Realtor (so not my bag, Baby!)
- Worked as an Instructional Designer
- Moved back to Florida
- Worked as an Instructional Designer
- Filed a patent for my lingerie invention
- Moved to California
- Started La Bella Coppia
- Moved to Georgia
So maybe I didn’t invent the cure for cancer or win the Nobel Peace prize, but for some punk kid getting pregnant at 16, I think I turned out okay.
I don’t know what your dreams are, and I don’t know where you’ve come from, but I know you’re here right now reading this for a reason. As messed up as I was, through the grace of God, and a lot of hard work, I was able to break out of the teen mom stereotype, and other than being a child of God, I’m no one special.
The only reason why I shared all this with my readers is because I want to provide you with hope and encouragement. If I can do it, so can you.
If I could offer you any advice, it would be this:
- Surround yourself with positive and encouraging people. If you don’t know any, email me at Carla@LaBellaCoppia.com
- Read! And I don’t mean Tom Clancy novels, but read non-fiction books that will help get you pointed in the right direction. Read motivational books. Read personal development books. But you must read!
- Decide what legacy you want to leave when your time here is done. Then break that down into stages. Determine what each stage will require, and set tasks to complete each stage. Set a reasonable timeline for completion of each stage.
My journey isn’t over yet, and there’s more I still have to do, but I am currently in my lingerie launch stage. My next stage is going to be even more awesome!
I am playing around with the idea of starting a home for pregnant teens and teen moms. I’d call it Sarah’s House, after my mom. I have a lot of good ideas for it, and I know I am going to have more in the future. Stand by 🙂