Hi everyone!Â Phew, three months I’ve been reporting – where did the time go??Â I hope you’ve been enjoying it as much as I’ve enjoyed getting to know you guys and hearing from you.Â The past few weeks have been tough ones for me.Â I’ve hit my point.Â You know the one?Â The breaking point.Â Where you’re just swimming to keep your head above water?Â (and right now, I feel like I’ve forgotten how to swim!). You can add a bit of worry to that too since I haven’t sealed the deal on a web designer yet – and I know that even once I get past this hurdle of web design, there’ll be lots more hurdles to cross!
I’m just taking it day by day at this point so it was interesting when Emma asked in her comment last week about my dreams and expectations for the store.Â I thought “what a wonderful question”!Â Which was then followed by…I don’t know if I have the answer for that!Â Partly, I think it’s due to not having the website in the process of being built.Â I can tell that once I get that going, I’ll have time to work on other things (much more fun things!).Â Also, right now I’ve been so focused on doing all the things that need to be done to open a store and trying to keep up with my to-do list:Â financial sheets & budget, inventory planning, contacting artists, what will I use for packaging, setting up an accounting system, sales tax, lions & tigers & bears, oh my!! – that I haven’t even thought much to the future.Â The day my store opens for instance.Â Or what will my first year be like?Â And can I just tell you what a difference that is for me…I usually ONLY think about the future!
I can answer one question off the bat – life has changed a lot so far!!Â I don’t consider myself an entrepreneur yet – I think I feel that until I actually “open the doors” on my online store, that I’m not an entrepreneur yet.Â Although that brings up an interesting thought – when does someone become an entrepreneur?Â When you decide that you want to be your own boss?Â Or when you actually are your own boss?Â The one thing I have noticed as I’m getting more into the entrepreneur mindset is that I’m more focused on action rather than dreaming.Â Which is why I think I haven’t spent time visualizing what the store opening will be like that first year.Â Now I’m making that transition where I’m taking those steps that will actually one day allow me to be my own boss!Â Before I would have spent months and months pondering the idea of web design.Â Now, I’ve actually printed off pages of other sites I like and made lists of why I like them, sketched out what I would like mine to feel & look like, and blanketed the web design world with emails.
So funny enough, actually staying in the present moment (not in dream world!) and not looking too far ahead has helped me.Â By taking things day by day and not thinking about all the what ifs, I’m making more progress than I ever have before. This is a good thing for me because I have to admit that sometimes I’m a “glass half empty” kinda gal.Â One of those personality traits that I keep hoping I can trade in someday!Â It’s bizarre too…because I’m a very cheery, fun loving person in life…let’s just say I have this other side that’s “realistic”!Â On the good side, it does allow me to plan for things that can go wrong (and trust me, planning and working out all the “what ifs” is something I excel at!!)Â But the bad side is that my “glass half empty” mentality doesn’t let me off the hook and just say “hey, this store is going to be successful”.Â Lucky for me, my hubby is about as optimistic as you can get. So, thank god for him, because he reminds me that things are always possible – something I deep down, truly believe and sometimes just need that nudge in the right direction.
So Emma’s thought got me thinking…What WILL it be like when I open the store?Â What are MY DREAMS and HOPES for it?
Then I remembered the book “The Boss of You”.Â One of the first things they have you do is make a couple of lists.
One was “why do I want to start my own business?”Â Hmm, very interesting.Â Â Especially since nowhere on the list I created was the statement “make tons of money”.Â My number one reason?Â So that my husband and I can work together (i.e., we can spend more time together) and have more freedom/flexibility in our lives.Â Number 2?Â The ability to spend my day doing something I’m passionate about.Â Talk about an eye opener.Â It’s as simple as that…that’s what I want and dream about.Â (not to mention, it would be cool to work from home and hang out with our dogs!)Â Yet a lot of time is spent fretting over the money side.Â Which completely makes sense (you need to make money to stay in business)…but honestly I’m not looking to make millions.Â It would be nice, don’t get me wrong JÂ But, I just want enough so that I can work for myself and do something I’m passionate about.
Which brings me to the Ladies Who Launch workshop I took a year ago.Â One of the things they talk about is how it can be hard sometimes for women to think BIG.Â As in really, really BIG.Â And you can count me in as one of those people!Â So what they have you do in class is have all the other students write a vision for you.Â Because amazingly it’s so much easier to write a vision for someone else.Â And when we got our visions back from the other students, it was such an eye opener.Â Things I never dared to think about (or at the very least tell anyone about) were in these visions.Â Things like “your store will be featured in a magazine” all the way to “you’ll end up writing a New York Times bestseller and have your own show on HGTV”.Â If I would have written my vision, it would have been much, much smaller.Â So it was such an eye opener to remember to think BIG – you have to think it for it to happen right?Â So thanks for reminding me that I need to still dream and think BIG.
So here goesÂ (boy, this is not easy to put out there!!) My dreams for that first year once the store opens:
- I make enough the first year to enable me to work full time on the store.
- My store gets featured on 2-4 of my favorite blogs. (that would be amazing!)
- I get to spend time working with indie artists and designers and helping to get their products seen.
- I write a bestseller (okay, I’m kidding about that one!Â I’m so not a writer!)
Here’s my challenge to you – create your own vision statement and make it BIG!!!Â Fingers crossed that, hopefully, next week I’ll be talking about my web designer!