Kilby is one of the kindest, most positive people you’ll meet. She has found a way to make the best of the hardship she’s endured, and continues to carry on her father’s legacy through her wonderful business — Half & Half Boutique.
What is the biggest challenge or opportunity you’ve faced and how did it shape who you are?
One of the biggest challenges I have faced was my senior year of college when my father passed away suddenly. He was such an incredible father, husband, and my best friend — losing him was like losing part of myself.
But I had to pull myself together and graduate college and be there for my mom and younger sister. After college, I moved home to Buffalo — a city I never thought I would live in again — but I knew that the most important place for me to be was with my family. My whole life revolved around my dad. We were an incredibly close family who not only did everything together but LOVED being together.
Finding myself after losing my father has been the biggest challenge I have ever faced. At a time when I needed his direction the most I did not have it, so having to trust myself and believe in myself — in what I was doing — was incredibly challenging. But it is because of my father and his intelligence, lessons, and business-like mind that he instilled in me, that I was able re-open Half & Half Boutique and create something that is so unique and different. The greatest opportunity I have ever received was the phone call from the previous owners at Half & Half asking if I wanted to buy their business.
What’s one word, thought, or philosophy that you live by?
the only way through it, is through it.
I’m sure Jackson Browne is not the first person who said this but he is an amazing musician an in his documentary he says, the only way through it, is through it. For me, when life isn’t going as you planned or you’ve just had a bad day, week, month, what have you — you just have to keep going. Life isn’t perfect and there isn’t some guide on how everything is supposed to go, you just have to ride the waves and find your way through.
Other philosophies that I live by are think positively, and pay it forward. The world we live will only flourish and grow if we help one another.
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