Thursday, January 20, 2011

Where are the men? Where are the men's shirts?

Who in your life would you consider to be a real man? What are the characteristics of a real man?

I’ve found that often a woman is attracted to a man by how he makes her feel. If she feels excited, loved, or safe around him, there is a good chance she will feel attraction. These are great emotions, but can be very deceptive. We’ve all known the woman who was deeply in love with someone we could obviously see was going to be bad for her and end up in heartache.

What is your definition of a real man? For me, the definition is someone who does the right thing at the right time. “A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do.” Everyone is going to make mistakes but is he going to be there when the times get tough? Does he treat the people around him, especially his family, with respect even when he doesn’t feel like it? How does he treat the waitress that waits on you?

Look at the men in your life. Do they match up with what it means to be a man or are you “in love” and hope that he’ll change for the better?

I was excited and a little pleasantly surprised when we first opened our doors not too long ago and I got an email from a man wondering if we had men’s shirts, specifically the “Respect Women” shirt. (At this time we just have women’s.)

Shortly after that, one female customer said she wore her Respect shirt in the mall. She was only there 30 minutes, but within those thirty minutes, she received two compliments… and both of them were from men!

I’m happy to say we do have men’s shirts on the way, so think about who in your life might like one. They are in manly colors “Paratrooper Green” , “Texas Sunset”, and “Storm Cloud Gray”.

A good man is hard to find, but it looks like they’re out there!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Time for a Change

Today is #1! (Holding a foam hand #1) Today is #1! Today is 1-1-11!! Happy New Year!!

I love New Year’s. What a great time to reflect, plan out goals, and think of how you can change for the better. It’s so fresh and nice, especially when it’s normally so hard to change. You can see how hard by checking out how crowded a gym is in January versus how less crowded it is just two months later.

Sky Pie Apparel is all about change. We want to change the world in a positive way and strongly support anyone trying to make a change for the better.

But what about the people, other than ourselves, we want, or even NEED, to change?

Someone very close to me is going through a trial separation from her husband. Being the typical “deadbeat dad” he is financially irresponsible (buying a $500 gun when he says he doesn’t have money to buy groceries), unsupportive (coming home late in the night and sleeping most of the day when not at work), and emotionally abusive (making her feel like thing’s are her fault). It got so stressful, she had to leave.

Since she has left, he hasn’t shown much change. He’s gone to church a couple of times but nothing more. I asked him if he wanted to talk, but got no response. Now, there is a video on the internet showing that he is getting back into drugs which he had quit before.

I know the easy way out is just to say to leave him, and maybe ultimately she should, but love is something worth fighting for and there are children who need a good father. She loves him and knows he has good qualities deep down.

To the observer, he obviously needs to change; otherwise, he will lose his family and possibly his house and job.

Apart from going Michael Westen on his behind and hanging him out a window blind folded, what can we do to encourage change or help him to see that he needs to change? Feel free to comment.