Because I've been watching a dream unfold!
I have always dreamed of a life that involved allowing my creativity to go wild.
To sew and decorate and knit and paint and create to my heart’s content.
To offer the fruit of my labor and creativity to others who "get it."
To inspire others to do the same.
This little dream of mine became a reality in July. With an equally excited business person, we drafted a collaboration of our aesthetic and passion for re-style and re-purpose. She believed in the same things, as is evident by her vintage clothing store and her salon. Everything began to fall into place when I let go and took the risk. JR has been self-employed his whole life, so to him, believing in a business is not as much a dream as it is an expectation. For me, that risk involves putting my heart and soul and thoughts and dreams out there and hoping people with like it….and then not taking it personally when they don’t.
A phone-call came from our partner Yvonne that she was offered a store front space on main street in a small town where we raised our families…a small town that is on the cusp of revival…breaking out of the “mall” lifestyle and embracing local businesses. We had to prepare the store and make it work in six weeks.
We started with this:
With the encouragement and support of our kids, Yvonne, her husband Jason, JR and I set about to make the space fit for our dream. Somehow, in six weeks’ time, even though we all worked other jobs, we were ready for business. I don’t know how it happened, but that’s the way a dream goes sometimes. You just wake up and realize that an entire scenario unfolded while you were asleep. Sort of like Christmas morning…you know you've worked your butt off, but somehow, it still seems like it really was Santa Claus that prepared and placed all those gifts under the tree!