Kit Sombke, Things Happen For A Reason
Kit Sombke, is a born and raised East Coaster with a heart for travel, and a free spirited laughter to match. To her, trying things is important, it's how you learn, "... seeing the different angles of life.", as she would put it. Her faith in the universe and her optimism is contagious. She had spent the first half of the year traveling around Thailand, searching for new experiences, landing back in New York City, ready for another chapter in her life. We met at East River Park for a conversation as uplifting as the nice breeze that caught us pleasantly on a hot Summer day.
Thailand was like a dream, people are different, the environment is different, my life was different, and I don't think I've adjusted back yet, because of my new job here, and it's just really weird. I work at a desk [now], so I just went from pretty much hanging out with friends, and looking for cool brands and serving people at a bar to just traveling, to now just working a nine to five job, at a desk, you know, so it's a very big switch. But I kind of need to hunker down, and commit to it. Use it to learn. Sometimes you just need to see all the different angles of life.
Well, I've always wanted to open my own business so working at Jill's made me fast track into seeing what it's like (and two years into it). And that's amazing. Also, it showed me, more of the independent brands and what they do, which is cool, and how people really are, in believing themselves, being who they want to be.
Traveling was different, it showed me a circle of people who are also entrepreneurs, hustlers, who just kind of, like, don't want to conform to the restrictions of their country - they're living in Thailand, but making dollars or pounds. They're out there selling themselves, which is pretty awesome to see. They're creating a brand around who they are.
Sometimes it's hard to put the effort in, to have a balance in your personal life, but if you don't put yourself out there then ... .
I'm an introverted-extrovert, because I like being social and meeting new people, but I need my downtime.
Everything happens for a reason.
I think what's happened has been like a domino effect in my life. I like that. Before I went to Thailand I was starting to set things up so that I could go into production when I got back. But things weren't working out, you know, there weren't any open positions, or I wasn't meeting the right people, but I still had some contacts and I would just go and meet and talk with them, and when I came back, I reached back out to these people and immediately fell into these jobs. And I guess, at the time I didn't know how these things would fall into place, but I did those things for a reason, even if at the time it felt like a dead end.
People you meet. If I wasn't at a certain place at a certain time, would I have met those people? There's always a silver lining. It also helps to think about it, when things don't work out.
Everything will work out.
I was just listening to this podcast, about making plans, and I was just thinking that I should have a plan [haha]. I'm coming up with one.