Looking back, 2012 presented its share of highs and lows for us. We experienced some sorrowful times…the passing of a close family member, the loss of my husbands job (after 20 years of dedication he was laid-off), and dealing with Chloe’s diagnosis. But we also celebrated some bright moments…I successfully lost a huge amount of weight (to be shared in a future post), our home was featured in several magazines, I got the opportunity to talk shop, get styling tips, and hugged (twice) my interior design idol, and I did something I thought I would never do, because I feared it the most…I moved into a small corner space in a brick and mortar shop.
Ever convince yourself there’s something you just “can’t do”. For example, I know I can’t ski down a mountain. I’ve got both gravity and speed conspiring against me. And I know I won’t ever be on television. I get so nervous in front of a camera, my face turns red as a beet and I suddenly forget my own name. Another thing I’ve had on my can’t do list – pull together a shop space. That’s kind of silly, considering I’ve been selling at flea markets for nearly 15 years. We’re pretty much seasoned pro’s at setting up in pitch black and tearing it all down hours later. But the thought of a permanent physical space sort of terrified me, with that little voice of self-doubt inside me whispering “you don’t have what it takes”.
That’s where encouragement and good friends come in.
I’ve had the fortune of surrounding myself with an amazing circle of strong, inspiring women who gently encouraged me, until one day I finally said “okay, I’ll take a chance”. And in December we loaded up a moving truck with all my best treasures, bought a gallon of my favorite Canvas Natural paint (RL), and drove up the coast to Ventura, where we were faced with this blank canvas…
And in just a few days time, my little corner space with the tiny window went from this…
I moved in the first week of December, which explains the Christmas-oriented theme. Now when I visit the shop each week and see my sales tickets, it feels incredibly reassuring that maybe I do have what it takes and people “get me”. I’ve learned to let go, and allow myself to take more risks and chances.
The funny part is, I’ve been a regular customer of American Home & Garden for over 10 years and I always loved the quality merchandise the dealers bring to the store. On Saturday mornings, Adam and I would drive up to Ventura, grab breakfast at Pete’s, walk along the ocean and going antiquing. To now be a part of this incredible store is incredibly fulfilling.
One of the store’s vendors, well known blogger Kathee from Chateau et Jardin is a dear friend of mine. You can see lots of great photos of American Home & Garden on her blog. She along with all the other ladies in the store have been great mentors, for which I am so grateful. I look forward to sharing more about the store, the vendors, and the amazing merchandise that arrives each week.
If you would like to come visit and shop the store, here’s the info:
American Home and Garden
64 S. Oak Street
Ventura, CA 93001
And here’s to making 2013 the year of “I can do’s”!
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