The dust has finally settled on my shop move, but honestly I feel like the work is only just beginning. Let me explain.
Making the move from a happening retail space to an industrial centre is more than just a physical move. It is absolutely a change of business structure and focus, and that scares me to death. In the quiet moments a million things run through my head; will people find me? Will I ever sell anything? Have I just put a nail in my businesses coffin?
Pretty dramatic huh!
If you own a small business, have had one in the past, or are close to someone who does, then you're probably familiar with some of those questions. Some steps forward are clear and decisive and others are taken with a huge amount of trepidation.
These last six months have shown me where I'd like to be business wise. By learning more about the things that difference in my life and contribute to my happiness, I realised that those same things can work the same for others.
Creativity helps to reconnect me when I'm feeling lost. It's something I can do that's for me and about me, when I need to recharge and also, to express myself. In the busyness of life I sometimes let that go, and when I find my way back to it I feel good about myself and about tomorrow.
So with that, I want to offer more than a retail shop. I want to offer people the opportunity to get in touch with their creativity. I hope that means there will be more workshops and events run out of the new space, and a greater chance to connect. I hope when people visit they feel welcome and at home, and have the chance to find themselves a spark they may have momentarily lost.
That's the dream. I'll keep working on it, trying to show up both for my business and my aspirations. It's scary, but I'm not sure if that feeling ever goes away. All I can do is be grateful that so many of you have supported my business in the past, and be hopeful that you will continue to do so in the future.