Most of the time, we’re so busy chasing the next goal, the next shiny object that we forget to look back at how far we’ve come in our journey. So in this episode, I wanted to take you back to where it all began.
As you all know, I'm the founder of Fused Hawaii, a swimwear brand that I founded 4 years ago. When I started this company, I had to learn things like building a website, marketing, social media, and I had to learn them fast. All of these things that I never really felt confident enough to handle. Now, looking back, things around me have shifted but I am still that same girl now that I was 4 years ago, only I’m a few steps ahead.
So cuddle up and get cozy as I take you on a storytelling journey going back to where I was 4 years ago.
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Aloha and welcome to the Dream Into it Podcast. I'm Roxelle Cho coming to you from my hometown, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. After building a multiple seven figure swimwear brand from a dream starting in my garage, I became curious into learning how my thoughts created the reality around me.
This is the Dream Into it Podcast where we will look into how powerful inspired, motivated women like myself are able to rewrite the stories of their lives and step into their power. I am so excited to be able to join you on your journey of stepping into your potential and creating the life of your dreams. Mahalo for being here today, let's dream into it!
Aloha dreamers and welcome to episode number eight of the Dream into a Podcast. It's been such a fun journey being here with you every single podcast, just learning the ropes, being jumping into fear. Dreaming into it every single time that I jump behind this microphone and talk to you all. I'm being very, very honest, and truthful with this whole process and what it means to dream into it for me.
I felt like I wanted to kind of take you back to where it all began. As you all know, I'm the founder of Fused Hawaii Swimwear. It's a swimwear brand that I founded years ago. I have a hard time saying exactly when I founded it because I was always making things and curating things.
But it started to take off once I jumped online about four years ago. And from that point, it spiraled quickly. I had to learn things fast as far as building a website, marketing, social media, all of these things that I never really felt equipped for or confident enough to handle.
Sometimes you forget to look back at your journey. You forget to look at all the steps that it took to get you where you are now. And I wanted to record this episode to not only talk about where we began on our road to here but to also encourage you all to look exactly where you are now at this moment and look back at where you came from.
Because a lot of the time we're so busy chasing after a goal or putting one step in front of the other that we forgot to look at the journey and be grateful for this moment right now. And then at this time, I felt like I wanted to bring on something I had written, I believe it was in 2016. I'm looking at the date right now.
It's a blog that I started in 2016 in April. So about four years ago to the date is when I started this journey of really coming into my own. Going through hurdles and tribulations ( I want to call them) in my soul and getting to the core of who I am, what I'm doing, what is my purpose here on this planet, and every single day just finding some sort of purpose in my life.
I'm gonna read this post that I wrote to you. I started writing this on April 7, 2016. So if you go onto our website at fusehawaii.com, you're going to see blog number two. And if you look up Fuse Hawaii blog, the title is The Day I Learned to Walk.
I haven't written in a while, which I will get back to doing because now I'm accountable by telling you all that I have this blog up. I wrote it as a personal journal for myself. I knew that I was on a journey that I wanted to document the steps along the way. The purpose of doing so was to encourage and inspire everyone else who may be walking in similar shoes as me also for my daughters that are growing up and following in my footsteps as well.
I wanted to document this journey for them - the good, the bad, the ugly, the hard parts, the good parts. And there are more good parts than hard times if we can focus on making a point to look at those things.
I want to take you back to 2016 with me , April 7th I brought this. I'll give you a little backstory when we completed this blog. I'll read it to you. A little storytelling session. So kinda get cozy. It's not too long. I have a short attention span. So a lot of my messages are really short and to the point. So here we go.
The day I learned to walk. Baby steps are where life begins and changes start to occur. For me, it started with a simple walk. Exactly nine months ago, I committed to walking a mile a day. I became addicted. I was put at ease with the mellow music playing in my ear along with the beautiful scenery I was able to enjoy.
My thoughts were able to free into a space of its own where my ideas began to flourish. As I started to appreciate the beauty around me, I began to recognize the beauty within myself. Before I knew it, one mile had turned into eight and I was surrounded with positive changes in my life.
I truly believe that you can create your happiness if you decide to take those first steps. The day I learned to walk was the day my journey began. It has been nine months since my first step into this new adventure. I'm happy to say it is my first official day of training for my first half marathon on June 26. And I can't wait to see where this road leads.
Wow! It's a bit like a time capsule here. I am filled with a lot of emotions because I just actually read this to you for the first time reading it along with you. And I forgot I was training for my first half marathon. I ended up not completing that half marathon but I ended up doing a full marathon. And it just brought back all of those memories.
I did a full marathon when I turned 30. It's funny cause I read this now and I have all of the same goals I have. It's a similar journey that I'm on, but I'm a few steps ahead. And so you know I'm here now and of course, I run this company.
I am this girl behind this podcast. Now we have a big following on social media and all of these things. And sometimes I still don't know all the roles that I play in life. I just am doing and creating and being at every moment. And I forget to look back at where I was and how far I've gotten.
So, you know, I just want to let you all know that these tiny little incremental steps. When I look back at these 2016 blog posts at this time, ( I'm trying to remember exactly where it was) but I know that our company was not at all where it is today. Our social media - I barely had any followers and any likes. Nobody even knew the brand at all, but I knew in my heart that I was excited about what I was doing.
It made me happy. It made me full and I follow it now every day. Some days I wake up, and I have to think of all of these things that need to be accomplished that weekend.
My head still hurts, and I get overwhelmed. I just told my husband last night, "You know, sometimes I get comments from people saying like, you're a workaholic. You work too much. Your mind is always on learning, business, or reading. It's like you can never just relax."
And for years I felt guilty for not knowing how to relax. I felt guilty for not being one of those people who could sit on a couch and watch TV, just chill, and just relax. And what that did to me it's like what I would have taken away or told that girl looking back is like, "Stop feeling guilty. Stop feeling guilty if you're not this person, that you're creating a story around in your mind that you're supposed to be."
Because at every moment I was exactly where I needed to be. And looking back, (hindsight is 2020) everything I went through - everything that I overcame in life, accomplished, all of the hard, and the good parts - made me exactly who I am today. Had I skipped any part of that journey, I would not be here, and I would not be this person speaking to you right now.
And so if I can tell you one thing, if you were where I was four years ago, writing this blog post, not sure if anybody's even gonna read it. Just know that I'm the same girl. Now looking back at that, and things are a lot different, and things around me have shifted, and what did I do on the inside?
You know, I've reached all these goals that I had for myself. And all I can think of the only thing that I changed was within myself. Those were the only things in my power. Those were the only things in my control, is learning to love who I was at every moment. If I was the girl who couldn't relax her brain, sit on the couch and watch TV, I'm still not that girl today, by the way.
That's why I'm here. I'm behind this microphone while I have 10 minutes to myself, 20 minutes to myself. I choose to be here because it makes me happy. I'm excited to be excited about you. I love learning and growing. I am that girl who can't Netflix and chill like I don't know how to always Netflix and chill.
But you know, the things that I'm good at, and the things that I love , and it might be different from others, and that's what makes us beautiful. And so today I just want you to reflect on that. What are the things that you tell yourself that you shouldn't be? What are the things that you might feel guilty about? What are the things that don't matter?
I want you to take a deep breath in with me right now and breathe out and let that all go. Let those stories go. Let all of that energy that surrounds all of those thoughts that don't matter, and that's not fueling the life that you want to live, let it go. And from here on out, let's put this energy into creating bigger dreams, dreaming into it.
You're a dreamer girl! Remember that. You're you for a reason. You're here for a reason. And I love you for that, and I love you for joining me here today, and I'm so, so grateful for my community. I'm grateful for all of you who show up here to listen to my voice because it makes me feel good being able to share this with you.
So I receive all of you taking the time to listen to me, and I thank you for that. And at the same time, I want to give you whatever value I can. So if these episodes help you along the way, I would love to hear your feedback by going onto my Instagram page at Rocksauce Chill and tell me what you think about this episode.
Tell me more about what you want to hear sometimes behind this microphone. I don't know who exactly I'm talking to, so I'd love to get to know you more. Let me know in the comments of my last post on Instagram. What you would like to hear from me, what would bring value to you? Because at the end of the day, I just love talking stories with you, and that's a way for me to engage with my listeners, my audience, and yeah, let's do this.
So thank you again and Aloha.
Mahalo for tuning in! I hope you enjoyed that episode. Keep on dreaming Into It Dreamers. The possibilities are infinite. If you love the show, share it with a friend and subscribe. I'll catch you in the next episode. Feel free to dive into our show notes at www.fusehawaii.com and you can follow me on Instagram as well @roxellecho.
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