how it ALL (Me by Lenka) started...

 

How it all (Me by Lenka) started…

... One day I finally had enough of judgment, criticism (I am not talking about constructive criticism), bullying and being underestimated. I dealt with it all my life since I was a little girl and I am sure most of you can relate to it… We all know what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger but we also have that limit when enough is enough. It took me 37 years to come up with the idea how to fight back, heal my soul, rise above and tell people OFF. I used my humor and my gift (ability to draw) to fight back. I decided to share sketches of me in different life moments on LinkedIn and Facebook. To me, it wasn’t anything special because it was just me being me. Actually, it was few seconds of relaxation not staring at a computer and straight lines. I have been expressing my feelings, love, and emotions through sketches, paintings, drawings since I was 6 years old.  My drawing skills and love for architecture actually helped me and saved me during so many depressions and very tough life moments. My intentions with these sketches were to show off my skills to LinkedIn connections and make My FB friends smile. Later on, I started to draw these sketches on t-shirts and wear them as a statement. I figured People wear t-shirts with all kind of texts and images to tell their story or show their emotions, so why not show the world who I am my way.  I have always been an open book so that was not a problem for me. I thought maybe if I wear myself on a t-shirt or dress they will finally see me.  See who I am and what I am about. They never missed a day to comment on my outfit, hair or my actions ever before, but they never took a time to get to know Me. I believe that everyone has a story to tell and YOU never know who is listening or watching. YOU never know whose day you can make it better. Who can learn from YOUR story or who will be inspired by YOUR story. YOU can change someone’s life just simply showing them who YOU are and how far you got in life by working hard and believing in yourself. The main key to accomplish your dreams, goals, and desires is to NEVER GIVE UP! Only YOU and your HEART know when to stop. Life is not easy and there is never straight road to success, whatever that success is to YOU.

…7 months after I left my job my fiancé said to me after having few too many glasses of wine: ‘’honey why don’t you become your own boss …… ”. I looked at him because it came out of nowhere, I smiled at him, kissed him and then we both went to sleep. While falling asleep I was upset because obviously, he doesn’t understand my professional world, I can’t be my own boss without a license. Architecture was my whole life, something I wanted to do since I was a little girl so I couldn't imagine doing something else, but life is unpredictable.  I don’t know what happened to me that night but next morning I woke Up so cheerful and happy. I ran upstairs to my loft office and created this idea now called Me by Lenka. I figured there must be few women like me being tired of bullying, judgment, and criticism not only for their body size or shape but for the way they dress, think and act in their personal and professional world. I wanted Me by Lenka to be about celebration. Celebration of women and their shapes, sizes, careers, life moments, moods or whatever we are passionate about. That is also a reason why I created 6 categories. I will talk about every one of them and what they mean to me some other time. It is not easy to be a woman in today’s world so why not sprinkle some sexy and fun in it.  I felt like showing the world who We are as women just by wearing a text on a t-shirt is not enough! We have beautiful curves, why not showed them through a sketch while expressing who We are. In my world image worth a thousand words. Sketch to me is something unique, beautiful, sexy and it is not a perfect image. It can be simple or complicated, just like us Ladies. I also loved the idea of someone asking You who you wearing and YOU would proudly say I am wearing Me. The sketch on a t-shirt will be one of the many layers of You as a woman and that is why I decided to call it Me by Lenka. Me by Lenka is more than just a celebration of many layers of women, it is also about GIVING BACK but that is for another time … enjoy images of my sketches and few original t-shirts I made for myself when I had no idea what I will turn this into :) …

Thank you for reading it and if You have a story to share or any opinions, suggestions please don’t hesitate and leave a comment…

always with LOVE Lenka

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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