Opening this shop has been equivalent to having a new born baby. It feels nearly impossible at times. Other times it sucks you in and you feel like you have it all figured out. I have had to ask myself many times in these few months if this is the direction I really want to take my business. And you know what? I do...I really, really do.
Building community has always been at the forefront of my mind. It is a deep desire of mine to create a space for others to come, mingle, shop, help others, and build business. It is a slower process than I thought but it's happening nonetheless. It's here that I want to confess my ultimate goals. I call it the 4 R's: retail, rentals, real estate, retainers (referring to my husband's business) and...quite possibly restaurant. It sounds ambitious I know...but for the first time in my life I am realizing the only thing between now and those opportunities is time, skill and relationships. And it isn't about making tons of money. It's about building up other businesses, families, communities to create our own economy. The older I get the more I realize the importance of where and how we spend our dollar. It matters. Deeply.
I wanted to confess this because it helps hold me accountable in ways that I cannot do for myself. As my kids grow older, my ambitions seem to come to fruition. And they come with the thunder. It isn't something I just think about; I actually research, study, learn and try to gain skills that will get me there. It might take me 50 to 100 years but so what if I am shooting for my dreams, right?!
So I ultimately wrote this for anyone that is struggling to stay focused on their dreams. To know that others struggle, cry, throw fits, over-think and make mistakes always makes it seem more doable. And I can tell you this... I am the QUEEN of all those things! Best to you and shooting for the stars!
Happiness & hugs,