Life: Opening & Closing Doors

by - Thursday, April 25, 2013

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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!

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  1. Good luck with your new journey...I'm sure it will be better than the last :)

  2. Oh, I am so happy for you - not obviously about the business closing but for your family's new endeavors. It sounds like we have really similar hopes and dreams as far as that goes. I kind of had a mental breakdown on my birthday because I really realized where I am right now in my life and how it's nowhere near where I want to be. I lived in Florida for four months while my boyfriend was going to college there, six years ago now and it was the best time in my life. I was happier than I have ever been, I soaked up the sunshine and was continuously inspired by everything around me. I cannot recall enjoying life more than that time in my life. All I want to do is get back to that. A place where I can actually make my dreams come true, instead of rotting away (what I feel like I'm doing here) and wasting my talents. A place where the weather is beautiful all the time and I can truly enjoy life. I sincerely wish you guys the best of luck with everything. It's very exciting and I admire you're effort so much! ♥

    1. Thanks Emma for your sweet words! While I wanted to get up and move right away timing has played a big role in all of this for us. We started with a plan and now we're checking things off of the list. It's been such a slow process for us but the biggest thing is just following your dream and not giving up. It's easy to give up but I think this time around our drive is stronger than any other force. (even moving 1,600 miles away from our families) I have faith that it'll all workout perfectly but in many imperfect ways. Thanks again for the support!

  3. I am so proud of you for pushing forward and making this change in your lives! It's hard to do and you are doing it! Be proud. Many people (probably most) don't have the guts to live life to the fullest. And for the business, yes bitter sweet, it's hard to say good bye. At least take comfort in knowing that you can always come back if you'd like. :) Your family's example is wonderful, I hope I can learn from it. Cheers to your future!
    Kristin Davis

    1. Thanks lady! =) You're next! Cheers to dreams and making changes! ♥

  4. Wow, it sounds like you're embarking on a wonderful new adventure. Sometimes life takes us in unexpected directions, I look forward to seeing where you head next in life :)

  5. Ditto to everything Kristin said above. I am very excited to read about your upcoming adventure!


  6. I think that is one of the greatest lessons in life is to know when to close the door and move on. I think that's great for you and your family to start anew and move to a sunnier place (jealous!). Best of luck to you and your loved ones!

    P.S. Our family is also moving across the country this summer, but to Alaska! I'm finally moving forward in my graduate program and will be completing a 1-year internship there. I'm actually enjoying the purging process in anticipation of our big move! Good luck with your purging too!


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