What I have learned from Brian Smith, Australian born entrepreneur, keynote speaker, author and creator of the UGG brand is the fact that outer impressions pale in comparison to those first impressions of inner strength of character.
In the years since my mom died, I watched my friends rely on their own moms to help care for their young children, seek advice and tell them every once in a while that they were doing a good job. I don't think anyone ever told me that. I knew mom would have, but where the hell was she?
If you are an adorable girl living in one of many affluent zip codes around this country, a pair of Uggs is de rigueur footwear. I live in one of those zip codes. But my 8-and-10-year-old daughters know, for sure, that they will never, ever have a pair of Uggs.