Jun 19, 2019
Do you have an item or two (or
seven) in your closet that you’ve held on to for a long time and
you’re not sure why? It doesn’t fit or it’s out of style but it
holds some type of significant meaning to you… whether we realize
it or not… a lot of our identity, personal history, and even
sometimes our self-esteem can have a significant connection to
what’s hanging in our closet… we hold onto things that maybe… just
maybe we should let go of.
3:50 – The Essense 101
- As a child, Essense wanted to
rebel against being dressed in the same outfits as her sister. Once
she found her first job in retail she took
full advantage of her 30% employee discount and she began to cultivate her own style.
- In college, Essense started to
define and explore her own style, but worried people would only
know her for clothing. She wanted to be known for her personality
- Today, Essense fully embraces her
personal style as a way to show others who she is.
- While working as a paralegal,
Essense’s style would attract attention from her coworkers who
requested help with shopping on lunch breaks.
- Sometimes the best way to start is
by jumping in the deep end: Essense changed her Instagram profile
to say “Paralegal by day, personal stylist by night” before she
ever had her first client.
9:32 – More Than Just Hangers and
- Essense realized her skills could
help others when her first closet organization client found healing
in cleaning out a closet after a hot water heater disaster and a
dramatic weight loss journey.
- So many of us look for control in
the midst of loss and life-altering events. Often when we feel out
of control, we spend our time and energy controlling our belongings
or letting them control us.
- Closets are a metaphor for the
things in our lives that we keep hidden. When we clean out our
homes, we are forced to face the things we’ve been holding
- Essense helps transform lives by
cleaning up the literal and figurative mess in people’s lives and
provides structure to help her clients overcome personal
18:40 – God and The Door in the
- Essense has a close relationship
to her mother and believes there’s a very specific reason she
didn’t leave home until she was 25.
- Through a shared dream, Essense
finds confirmation of where her mom is now and where her mom will
be eternally. (This part will give you chills – the good
26:04 – Legacy Through
- Essense’s mom left a beautiful
legacy of faith, and Essense honors her mom’s legacy by giving
glory back to God with every step of her career.
- After finding her mom’s old
business cards, Essense carries on her mom’s boutique with
D.E.F.Y. Fashion and a unique take on camo
29: 47- Winning the Super
- Without any connection to the NFL,
Essense’s jackets show up at the Super Bowl two years in a
- You can attract the market you
want with clientele who understand the value of what you have to
- “They could wear anything, but
they chose to honor my work at a legendary moment.”
- Our outer appearance can be a
reflection of how we feel on the inside, and Essense gives glory to
God by reminding others to celebrate what makes their story unique.