With owning a store comes a lot of responsibility and tasks that have taken me away from how this all began: with me painting and refinishing furniture. There are business tasks that need to be tended to on a daily basis that have taken me away from my love of painting furniture. Well this week, I made time for it. I rolled up my sleeves, put on my painting apron and painted a matching pair of dressers for our front store window Christmas display.
I sanded down the top and used our General Finishes Java Gel Stain on the top, and painted the body of each dresser in Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint color Linen, and then top coated the body with white wax. They turned out beautiful and it’s so awesome when you find a matching set, which can be challenging at times.
These beauties are for sale and now they sit proudly in our front window greeting all of the wonderful people driving and walking by . . .
I wanted to keep the window simple, understated and to the point. I had thought about doing a more elaborate window of many different designs and scenarios, but, in the end, simplicity won out. If I could display store windows and make a living at it, I would do it in a heartbeat. That doesn’t mean I think I’m good at it. It just means that I really enjoy doing it.
Another wonderful thing that happened this week was I got a call from our local high school stating that their DECA group wanted to talk with a few local business owners and they had chosen my store among 4 others. So I got to spend an hour and a half with these wonderful young people on Tuesday evening (and yes, they all gave me permission to post their photo here):
I explained to them that I was an accidental business owner. I never sat down one day and said “I want to be my own boss and start a business.” We had an incredible talk and they invited me to their wrap up breakfast this morning at the high school. It was wonderful. They asked what I wanted them to know most of all about owning a business and this is what I left with them:
1. It’s very vulnerable owning a business. No one teaches you that in a textbook or school. It’s you on display and it’s a very personal experience. People will say and do things you never imagined or could predict. Have a thick skin, but keep your big heart in tact.
2. Be flexible. You can have a business model, but customer demands and economic changes will play a part in your decision-making so be willing to bend a little when necessary.
They said they were happy to learn that there is hope for change. One girl said “I was glad to hear that you can start one career and change to another one later in life.” I agreed with her and shared this with them, and share it with you right now, too: you are not a tree. You can move and make changes in your life. If you don’t like your situation, you have the ability to change things. Change the play, rewrite the script, change the cast and the backdrop. Make things happen. They can and so can you!
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