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Gina, I’m always inspired by how you pursue all of your passions in such a big way. I’m interested to know more about your time attending fashion school in Paris. It’s such an amazing example of you taking a stand for the AND. I’d love to hear about what motivated you to enroll, how you balanced being a student with your career, and what impact the experience had on your business.

Amadea Bailey

  Hi Amadea,
This is such a wonderful trip down memory lane for me!

It seems like such a long time ago and yet just a minute ago that I enrolled in a month-long



fashion course in Paris. In reality it was two years ago exactly, and it definitely had a profound impact on my business, lifestyle brand and life. I have always loved fashion and dreamed of launching my own line. Even as industry people like to warn me that clothing lines fail more often than restaurants, I believe in following my heart and standing by my desires. It’s really what Divine Living is all about—having not only a meaningful career, but also a luxurious lifestyle where you’re able to develop your talents and interests at a high level, while being of great service in the world.

They say there’s never really a good time to start a business or become a mother, so I figured there wasn’t going to be a good time to go to fashion school either. That year I was actually getting ready to debut the Academy, so you can imagine there was a lot going on.

Ultimately I just had to make the decision. I’ve got one life to live, and I decided to give myself this gift and make the dream real no matter what, instead of putting it off for “next year” or retirement.

quote01Once you make the decision to stand by your desires, things start to fall into place. I was signed up for 6-7 days a week of class, so in the months leading up I worked with my team to get them ready for the Academy launch and anything else we had scheduled for that time. A lot was prepped to happen behind-the-scenes with my minimal involvement, though of course I couldn’t fully take my hand off the wheel. It was intense and my days were full, but I can’t say it was stressful. If you know me, you know I like my sleep and my nightly dinners—and I’m happy to say neither was affected. I was also so fortunate to have the support of my rock-star husband Glenn who really took the lead in managing the team and making sure The Divine Living Academy launch was going smoothly.

With my business systems in place, everything about the experience of fashion school in Paris was fabulous. I got to learn a bit about manufacturing and the design process, and to fully understand how a collection comes together. I was immersed in the scene, with the opportunity to sit front row at Paris Fashion Week and even work backstage at some of the shows.

I also got to engage my creative side in a different way, which I find to be so important for personal growth! I had never considered myself a good artist, but I found I was really proud of my sketches. It nourished my feminine side to have this time away from the computer, working with beautiful materials and fabrics and finding my own artistic voice.

quote02It was also a dream come true to be able to live in Paris throughout that time. I found an apartment near school, and absolutely delighted in the lifestyle, which included delicious breakfasts at my favorite neighborhood café, and on many evenings, meeting people for drinks at chic little bars and luxe hotel lounges.

Overall the experience elevated my sense of elegance and style as well as my creativity. As a coach used to
playing the role of a teacher or an expert, it was transformative to become the student, to just receive new knowledge that I was so curious about.

And allowing myself to go for it brought new energy into my business in more ways than I could have imagined. Whether it’s a love for fashion or food or travel, I think every woman can relate to having numerous passions, and I believe that a lot of my clients are drawn to me for exactly the reason you pointed out—the fact that I do “stand for the AND.” I always say that all work and no play makes for a very boring Queen, and I know that if my clients just see me coaching all the time, doing launches or hosting events, that’s not inspiring for me or for them.

If you have a passion that’s been sitting on the back-burner, relegated to the weekends or considered a fun hobby, I definitely encourage you to take the plunge and go study it! Something miraculous happens when a woman says yes to herself. I’ve seen first-hand how following my heart has transformed my life and my business success. So if you love something, I say give it your all! You never know how it will impact your business and brand, but you can have faith that trusting your desires will uplevel your career in a big way.

Gina, I’m always inspired by how you pursue all of your passions in such a big way. I’m interested to know more about your time attending fashion school in Paris. It’s such an amazing example of you taking a stand for the AND. I’d love to hear about what motivated you to enroll, how you balanced being a student with your career, and what impact the experience had on your business.

Hi Amadea

Hi Amadea
This is such a wonderful trip down memory lane for me!

It seems like such a long time ago and yet just a minute ago that I enrolled in a month-long fashion course in Paris. In reality it was two years ago exactly, and it definitely had a profound impact on my business, lifestyle brand and life. I have always loved fashion and dreamed of launching my own line. Even as industry people like to warn me that clothing lines fail more often than restaurants, I believe in following my heart and standing by my desires. It’s really what Divine Living is all about—having not only a meaningful career, but also a luxurious lifestyle where you’re able to develop your talents and interests at a high level, while being of great service in the world.

They say there’s never really a good time to start a business or become a mother, so I figured there wasn’t going to be a good time to go to fashion school either. That year I was actually getting ready to debut the Academy, so you can imagine there was a lot going on.

Ultimately I just had to make the decision. I’ve got one life to live, and I decided to give myself this gift and make the dream real no matter what, instead of putting it off for “next year” or retirement.

quote01Once you make the decision to stand by your desires, things start to fall into place. I was signed up for 6-7 days a week of class, so in the months leading up I worked with my team to get them ready for the Academy launch and anything else we had scheduled for that time. A lot was prepped to happen behind-the-scenes with my minimal involvement, though of course I couldn’t fully take my hand off the wheel. It was intense and my days were full, but I can’t say it was stressful. If you know me, you know I like my sleep and my nightly dinners—and I’m happy to say neither was affected. I was also so fortunate to have the support of my rock-star husband Glenn who really took the lead in managing the team and making sure The Divine Living Academy launch was going smoothly.

With my business systems in place, everything about the experience of fashion school in Paris was fabulous. I got to learn a bit about manufacturing and the design process, and to fully understand how a collection comes together. I was immersed in the scene, with the opportunity to sit front row at Paris Fashion Week and even work backstage at some of the shows.

I also got to engage my creative side in a different way, which I find to be so important for personal growth! I had never considered myself a good artist, but I found I was really proud of my sketches. It nourished my feminine side to have this time away from the computer, working with beautiful materials and fabrics and finding my own artistic voice.

quote02It was also a dream come true to be able to live in Paris throughout that time. I found an apartment near school, and absolutely delighted in the lifestyle, which included delicious breakfasts at my favorite neighborhood café, and on many evenings, meeting people for drinks at chic little bars and luxe hotel lounges.

Overall the experience elevated my sense of elegance and style as well as my creativity. As a coach used to
playing the role of a teacher or an expert, it was transformative to become the student, to just receive new knowledge that I was so curious about.

And allowing myself to go for it brought new energy into my business in more ways than I could have imagined. Whether it’s a love for fashion or food or travel, I think every woman can relate to having numerous passions, and I believe that a lot of my clients are drawn to me for exactly the reason you pointed out—the fact that I do “stand for the AND.” I always say that all work and no play makes for a very boring Queen, and I know that if my clients just see me coaching all the time, doing launches or hosting events, that’s not inspiring for me or for them.

If you have a passion that’s been sitting on the back-burner, relegated to the weekends or considered a fun hobby, I definitely encourage you to take the plunge and go study it! Something miraculous happens when a woman says yes to herself. I’ve seen first-hand how following my heart has transformed my life and my business success. So if you love something, I say give it your all! You never know how it will impact your business and brand, but you can have faith that trusting your desires will uplevel your career in a big way.

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