When my son was first born, I would sing a song to him over and over. I made up the words to rhyme with his name. It talked about the world loving him, the ocean-loving him, the angels loving him, God-loving him, people loving him. I wanted that baby I was holding to believe in the world, to believe in the goodness of people, to believe the universe wanted him to prosper. I wanted him to believe he was free to live, to hope, to love, to understand that above and beyond our imagination was something magical, sometimes unexplainable but miraculous in its power. I look back now at those moments when I was holding him in our bathroom, pacing the tile floor, arms tired from his weight, hoping in my exhaustion that he would drink his milk and fall asleep, and I realize that song was routed in what my parents wanted for me. I remember how the tiles felt on my barefoot and the rhythm of the way I rocked him. I remember how many steps I would take as I paced back and forth singing. I remember it took 7-11 times to sing it before it worked. Looking back, I was singing to him my greatest hope. It was the simple song that I repeated over and over for months in the middle of the night or at 5:00 in the morning as the dark night was changing over into a new day.
My hope for him was to believe the world wants us to flourish. It’s what I want for him, my family, friends, and our KOCH Community. Looking back, I realize it was the beginning of our foundation for our mission at KOCH. To understand that there is a force greater than us that wants us to experience joy and have the courage to take risks. It takes courage to trust people when you first meet them; it takes courage to love people different from yourself, it takes courage to believe in people when they disappoint you, it takes courage to believe in love when it hurts you, it takes courage to believe in success when you have failed. My hope for my son and for our KOCH community is to have the courage to use our freedoms to choose to believe in humanity, to think that there is a force above and beyond that is working for us all hours of the day and night, and it never stops believing in you. Today is the 4th of July, our day to celebrate freedom. My wish is when those fireworks go off tonight in the beautiful dark sky filled with stars, all of us look up into the universe and know we are not alone, we are all connected, and someone out there is routing for you and wants your wildest dreams to come true.
Monday, we release our Lavender Fields Capsule! I am so excited about the Lavender Toile Erica Skirt and Palm Top. And the Lilac Lily Polysatin Erica Skirt!
Also, we are heading to Charleston this month and are so excited. We are on a roll coming to cities all around America! So let us know where we should come.
Also, we will post a schedule of our lives, pop-ups, and collection release online, so check it out.
Did you know you can sign up for our texting number? It has codes, releases, and lots of fun insider information. Text "KOCH" to +1 (855) 693-1298.
Quote of the Week: "Have the courage to use our freedoms to choose to believe in humanity, to think that there is a force above and beyond that is working for us all hours of the day and night, and it never stops believing in you." -Nicole Musselman
Podcast of the Week: Why You Need to be Selfish to Win