Welcome back friends, fans, fashionista's and the like!
As I've gotten older I find myself in a constant state of reflection. Whether it's on the three hour car ride from NYC to Pennsylvania for my shows on QVC, or walking on the streets of Manhattan - what is it about getting older that makes us appreciate the simple stuff? It goes back to what my beautiful mother instilled in me and to this day I've carried her words with me in both my personal and professional endeavors. Her words, "Love of God, Love of family and friends, and a passion for your work and you'll never go wrong." Her faith was my inspiration and her work ethic was my motivation. I can honestly say that living this way has brought me great satisfaction and peace.
Touching lives is what brings me the most joy and one way I get to do that is through teaching. Sharing all my years of knowledge and experience is truly rewarding. My students mean the world to me and I want them to all be successful. My goal is to help them cultivate a sense of dignity and joy in their work. I see them as an extension of me and who I once was.
You see, I was a poor boy from Brooklyn. A dreamer and a lover of beauty. It was all types of beauty whether from nature, my loving doggies, both past and present, my eclectic apartment in Manhattan or my safe haven in Long Island. I was and still am stimulated by all my surroundings.
In this day and age society seems to be consumed with material possessions (i.e. cars, clothes, jewelry, money, etc.). Now don't get me wrong, I love me some clothing and jewelry - heck I'm a designer! But we must keep that stuff in perspective. At the end of the day that stuff doesn't matter and won't make you happy. Happiness comes from within and should never be chased outwardly.
So, to all my dreamers out there, young or old, please never stop dreaming. I encourage all of you to work hard, persevere, be patient, and keep the faith, and I know that all your dreams will come true, Simonton Says. Because if this boy from Brooklyn can do it, so can you.
Till next time.