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In one week life as we once knew for my little family and I will be forever different. I've never mentioned too much personal information on here because it doesn't really jive with what I like to share. Today is going to be a little different and I will be sharing a little of our story. If that's not what you came here for, come back tomorrow. =)
For me, writing this out and sharing a piece of our story will help me and hopefully inspire you or someone out there. After 14 years, we're closing our business. You probably didn't know my husband and I had a business because I've never mentioned it. It's all we've known for those years as a real job and income. I met my husband just over 10 years ago and shortly after helped in one facet or another with the business since. This business was born out of passion, hard work and dedication. It wasn't something that was handed down.
Here's a brief (or not so) summary of the years. We did it all! We spent a lot of money expanding and trying to grow our business only to have one of the worst recessions hit us. We still pushed through and didn't give up. Somewhere during that we welcomed our sweet little one into the world. We did have some great years, had a lot of fun and met some wonderful people. The cost of doing business for us went up and the amount of business went down dramatically. We still kept going, working 70-80 hour weeks, because it was our life! My husband would say, "The day that this job doesn't excite me anymore is when I'm done." That 'day' slowly came for him. It happened last summer and I knew that was it. Thankfully our lease was coming to an end and we were able to move to a smaller location right away. In January, we decided that we would close our business officially once our license came up for renewal in May. In reality we both had lost passion and one day it really came to us, we realized that we weren't running a business -- it was running us. Fast forward 4 months to now and next week it's all over, we will close the doors to our business.
Life right now is a little bittersweet. When I think about it all, it's probably a bit more sweet than bitter. So here's where the moving announcement comes in. (yeah, now you have the whole story!) Our new journey starts next week! We have about 3 months until we are hoping to move. We will continue purging, donating and selling everything. We're turning the page! Sometime in early or late July we're hoping to get in the car and drive cross country to the sunny southwest. We're going to live differently. Different as in doing exactly what makes us happy, be in a place that ignites our inner spark and in an area that is warm and has everything in life that we enjoy. We may not know what lies ahead of us but we have a passion for really living life to the fullest and are not stopping anymore. We're no longer letting our business run our life like it has for so long. If you've made it this far, I appreciate you listening and hearing me out. Feel free to follow along on our crazy & scary ride! =)
Happy Thursday! .. and to new beginnings!