If you've read my "about" page or if you know me at all, you know that I have loved designing and creating since I was a little girl. I started drawing "rooms" in middle school and moved on to fashion in high school which lead me to study apparel design at Auburn University which lead to two incredible internships in New York city. I have had many different experiences, some horrifying but most incredibly motivating and reassuring that this is the field for me! On my "about" page, you also learned that I have no clue where I'm headed in my career! I just take advantage of whatever opportunity is in front of me at the time. And right now, it's Love, Mary Hester. I mean, I'm not mad about it! I love writing, sharing my favorite things, and spending my days painting. This very well might be my "thing".
Being a part of the YMA was a really awesome experience. I'm so thankful for the people I met and the experiences I was able to have.
I would say my passion is simply beauty. Everyone sees beauty in a different way- it's an extremely personal experience. Have you ever stumbled upon an image, an experience, a place, a song, a food that left you breathless? It's the most invigorating feeling in the world! Nothing else makes you feel more alive! My dad and I share this passion. Sometimes it's crazy how much we are alike! My Dad (aka "Daddy") is incredibly intelligent and passionate, so much so that he actually created a word to describe this indescribable feeling. The word is vitas (n.) "the euphoric feeling when everything 'comes together'. A state of mind in which you are overwhelmed with joy, peace, and beauty".
I got to make so many great friends!
The other day, I was taking a mini brain break from work and out of curiosity, I decided to google myself (admit it, we've all done it!). Under my maiden name was a lot of information from our wedding, Auburn University and the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund, an organization in New York City that raises money and grants scholarships to fashion students from all over the country. I was a scholarship receiver and member of this organization my last couple years of college. And to my surprise, an old FSF blog post popped up that I had COMPLETELY forgot about! It was like finding a $10 bill in a jacket pocket- exciting, like "OH yeah! I can't believe I forgot about this!" The Fasion Scholarship Fund blog, The Future of Fashion, is a resource for scholarship winners entering into exciting internships or jobs in the fashion industry. They feature scholarship winners and industry executives. I was honored to be interviewed and featured on the blog, but looking back the most treasured part of this post was not the flattery of being featured, but the content of my interview.
And I was able to receive a second, larger scholarship the next year- what a blessing!
I couldn't have done it without the support, encouragement and excitement from my teachers and classmates at AU!
Reading what I had to say back then is such an inspiration to me now. It reminds me of my original dreams and passions that over the years have been stomped on, disassembled, and rearranged. Oh, what a blessing it is to hear my own voice- full of passion and curiosity of what my future was to hold. Then, the possibilities were endless! I hadn't even started my first internship in NYC. There was was much to learn, see, experience, and feel. I was anxious and fearful, but not enough to stop me from following my dreams. I'm so thankful to have these experiences, like this Future of Fashion feature, that motivataed me enough to conquer my fears.
Being a YMA FSF Scholar was a truly unique and unequaled experience. If you are interested in pursuing a fashion major, look into this organization. You won't regret it!
Now- 26, married, and living in Atlanta, I am pursuing the same dreams as before, just in different circumstances. I now know the direction my life is headed, no more glamorous summers in New York City as a single girl. But unexpectedly, pursuing my dreams is just as exciting now as it was before because I have someone to share them with and because I finally get to do what I love every day! The Providence of God is unbelievable, isn't it? Doesn't it just send chills down your spine to look back on your life and to see how God orchestrated the events in your life? Events that now look like puzzle pieces are creating a picture of His love and perfect plan that is even more beautiful than I had imagined. When I think of God's providence in my life and in scripture, I'm filled with hope, chills, and an unexplainable joy -- That's vitas!
Mary Hester Williams
FASHIONABLE FINE ART
I'm a city girl living a small town life with my husband and baby boy. Here are my thoughts in type, my dreams in paint and my life in pictures.