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THE GIFT WITHIN THE PROBLEM

James Andrew

James Andrew


So often in life we are presented with problems – our initial reaction is to judge the situation as “bad.” We get caught up in the drama of it all and often end up in a downward spiral, adding fuel to that descent as we go. In the thick of it, it is rather challenging to take a moment to see that opportunities can come disguised as problems.

When I was in the employ of Ralph Lauren I was offered a situation working for both Ralph Lauren and Bloomingdales — the mission was to create more authentic Ralph Lauren Boutiques within the Bloomingdales stores. Well, it didn’t turn out well, and it was a torturous year for me. The position was soon eliminated and I was left without a job. The only position available was to work as a salesperson at the Ralph Lauren store on Madison Avenue. My ego was telling me that this was a real step down. To add to things, I had not done retail sales in years. Well, it turned out that the job was an absolute goldmine for interior design clients. New projects were constantly coming my way. One day I’d just totally burned out on the retail world, and I told myself that if I got one more client, I’d give notice. That very afternoon, I found a new client and thus began James Andrew Interior Design Inc., and a new chapter in my life.

Life is never perfect, there will always be issues. It really comes down to how we deal with them. The best advice I know is to focus on solutions and not “problems.” Take time to find the gift within — even if it is seems too difficult during the worst of things, trust that the opportunity will reveal itself soon enough!

James Andrew ensemble. detail

James Andrew ensemble. detail

To get a much needed dose of the countryside while remaining in NYC, I headed to the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden. In 1826, the bustle of the city didn’t extend beyond 14th Street, and the Mount Vernon was considered a fashionable country resort! I am sporting a Gucci chartreuse suede safari jacket, Ralph Lauren Denim and Supply, chartreuse linen cardigan, Turnbull and Asser purple gingham cotton shirt, Polo Ralph Lauren khaki pants, Gucci python belt with silver double horse head buckle, Tom Ford pale olive woven suede espadrilles, vintage Rolex, Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a bit of a sun kissed glow and my fragrance is Creed Bois de Cedrat.

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9 Comments

  1. Dean Farris says:

    James,

    I always love your optimism, and words of wisdom!

    Dean

  2. Karena says:

    James what great thoughts and a perfect example of overcoming a difficult situation! I have needed a new passion, so please come and see my new venture (and adventure)!

    Xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena
    Featuring India Hicks!

  3. Laife Altazan says:

    James,
    You grew yourself from something that may have buried another! I know why I love reading your words…even a 60 something women can be inspired!❤️Laife

  4. James Andrew says:

    Hello My Dear Karena,

    Always so happy to hear when people enjoy my musings on these topics!

    I can’t wait to hear about your new venture/adventure!!!

    All Best

    JA

  5. James Andrew says:

    Hello Laife Altazan,

    WOW!

    Thank You for your lovely comment!

    I guess we always continue to evolve/grow on this journey!

    Beyond thrilled to hear that I may be providing some inspiration!

    How did you find the blog btw?

    Cheers and All Best,

    JA

  6. You are a perfect example of “It isn’t what happens to you; it is what you do with what happens to you!!!”

    You made lemonade and your talent is what took you along! (It is pretty darned apparent!!!)

    You are so great to share your experiences in this divine blog….it is inspirational for so many!

    You are such a perfect example of elegant dressing and thinking leading to an elegant life! Elegance surrounding you ; really, on every level!

  7. I come for the fashion and get great philosophy, too. Thanks for the positive message.

  8. Laife Altazan says:

    James,
    I found your blog by way of Palm Beach….one of my loves!❤️ Laife

  9. James Andrew says:

    Dear Laife Altazan,

    I adore Palm Beach as well – and spend as much time there as possible!

    Perhaps we will rendezvous there sometime!

    Cheers

    JA

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