Most of you know from my past blog posts, that I came to US when I was 14. I want to share some intimate details of my life with you all today. Most of us start working at the age 15 or 16 here in US. I started my first job when I was 15 at a retail store as part-time associate, and by the time I turned 16 I had two jobs. One at the retail store and other at a grocery store. After school, I would head straight to work for my evening or night shift. I actually loved working, I got to know and learn so much about American culture by working with other individuals and also learned the value of money at very young age. I don’t recall having any days off, I was either at the retail store or the grocery store. Holidays were the busiest time and also a good opportunity to make extra income by working through them. I always worked on holidays, not only because of the pay but I loved the holiday décor and vibe at the store. To be completely honest, those were also some of the hardest days for my family. We all worked very hard every day to make ends meet. We would walk or bike to work and back home, packed groceries, straighten aisles full of clothes or toys for hours. Move boxes one after the other every day. Worked 12 to 14 hour shift. At night after school and work, I finished up my homework for next day. During holidays, I worked 16-18 hours shift. I have upmost respect for people who work hard every day for long hours to provide for their family. It is hard work and I know it.
Most of what I made went into savings account for college and other necessities (my first used car). First few years in USA, I was in awe of clothing and shoe stores, they were all so nice. But of course I couldn’t afford to get whatever and whenever I wanted at that time. But being in love with all things fashion even back then, I always had desire for pretty shoes and clothes.
When I started working at the grocery store, I found out there was a shoe store 3 doors down. It was called Payless! I instantly went to check them out. I was in awe of all the shoes they had. They also had handbags and jewelry at the front desk. I felt I went to the store almost every day during my lunch break to try on shoes. It was my place. They always had great variety of heels, sneakers, flats and boots. The shoes they carried were comfortable and great quality. I had built really good relationship with Payless associate and store manager. They knew I was there to try the shoes on. I always put the shoes back the way it was, since I worked at a retail store so I knew it would create work for the associates. At least once a year, I would get myself a pair of shoes and a bag from Payless. I would wear them at every outing and ask my parents to take my pictures with my new shoes and bag haha…I loved getting my pictures taken even back then.
So, when I received an email from Payless to partner with them. I honestly stared at the email for few minutes, and all those memories from Payless rushed back. And as I was writing back to them, I had tears in my eyes. I just felt so blessed and thankful of where I am today. I felt grateful to Payless for choosing me as their partner this holiday season (what a wonderful feeling indeed). Even though I can afford big brands now, I still buy Payless shoes, because of the special connection I have with them.
I wore the black/gold women’s Mandi KangaRoos sneakers for Christmas decor shopping. We were out all day going from one store to the other to grab things we needed for home. We did enjoy our coffee break in between the craziness. The sneakers were so comfortable and cute. I really loved padded collar, padded insole and a built-up out sole. It really made these shoes more comfortable. The black/gold color and design, I honestly love these sneakers.
I hope you all enjoyed this piece of my history, and the KangaRoos sneakers.