I find my mind wondering WHY I don’t make a better effort to post weekly.
Posting about projects grabs attention from those I want to reach as a retailer, and when I don’t post, the pictures of projects/workshops/etc grows and grows… over 200 folders of pictures
It’s not about the lack of blogging, that’s just a side effect of something much bigger.
I should backup to 2011, when I transitioned my home based business to a retail storefront. I was running a small finishing business from home, working around my young kids in school. Life was pretty much by the book comfortable, with no real ‘upsets’. Never saw a job loss on the horizon…
Now I look back at that time in our lives – husband seeking employment, wife opening a retail store (zero knowledge of how-to), smack in the middle of a depressed economy – and realize HOW massive a life experience it was.
God was HUGE at that time.
If your faith is in the good Lord, you can carry ANTHING life throws at you, and come out in a better place. My parents preached that to us kids, but I never REALLY understood until it was put into action.
That first store was a learning curve, everything moved forward and business was a success. These statements, below, ring true to that time in my life…
Sixteen months later I was busting at the seams and eager to expand. We found the perfect location, a mere 1/2 mile up the road, and in February 2013 we celebrated a grand opening. Pictures remind me of its bare bones
Wow, my third child has grown up!
Time flies when you’re having fun, and this was fun for me. Taking that passion for creating, and living it every day at work. How blessed was I? Honestly, when I ponder my life a few years ago, I see a big monster blob, rolling and wig wagging in all directions, bouncing off walls, ideas and creativity trapped inside that wanted to come out.
Creative hearts will understand. Your brain doesn’t shut down. It keeps talking to you, new things to try, new ideas to market, change this, update that, on and on… Can’t tell you how many times new ideas and color combinations would wake me at night – I’d jot them down for later, those seemed to be my best ideas 🙂
When you work for yourself, there are no limits, unless YOU put them into place and enforce them. I’ll admit, a limit setter I was not.
Maybe, it was that voice in my head
I’ll never quit. I’ll never fail.
that drove me.
Maybe it was easy
because the kids grew up and out, entering college a year apart
to let work take over my life.
Maybe daily work life became life
obligations became 24/7
because that’s what owning a business requires.
Regardless, over time, it can suck the life out of your days, and I got to admit, this last year I’ve been feeling that suck…
The thing is, I love so much about what I’ve been able to do. The power to inspire others, the relationships I’ve experienced, the “GOD” moments, so many I can’t count… For me, I really believe that’s what carried me. Sounds corny, and I’ll lose many of you at this point, but honestly, as I’ve grown in my Godwalk I believe He has a purpose for us, and where He puts us is where He has a use for us.
If doing what I do was just the creating and inspiring, I could remain in heaven on earth. But business ownership brings the ugly requirements like accounting, marketing, purchasing, advertising, social media…
It’s those facets of ownership that….. sucked for me. If money was no object I’d hire all that out, regardless of the negative impact on a bottom line. But I couldn’t, so I didn’t.
daily work life became life
obligations became 24/7
Earlier this year I took the steps to update my resume. I’m not ‘retiring’ from the workplace, but I yearn for more focus, more structure, less retail.
It’s been a REAL change year for me, my personal relationships, my family life…. I’m feeling older, wiser, and I yearn for balance. I want to spend quality time with my loved ones….
I’ve decided to slow roll my business to an end. I’ve been working diligently to refinish the pieces I’ve had in inventory – it’s always been a goal of mine, and I’m closing in on it. The furniture I’ve completed on the floor, and pieces remaining in back will be the last I offer. I do have commissioned pieces I owe, which will not be affected.
Yup, feeling that… But, you never know, someone may reach out with interest in creating their own version of a ‘Artsy Paint Store’ at our awesome location, which could allow a good portion of our paint lines to carry forward for our dedicated customers. I’m not going to sweat the details, God’s got a way of working things out in the end
Given the unknowns ( will some of the business transition to another owner, or will it be a ‘store closing’ sale) I can’t yet offer specifics, but thinking by Spring there will be change.
Let me list a few things to clarify –
- Paints will be available – I’m still ordering and restocking as needed.
- Remaining Paint a Piece Workshops for 2017 are booked.
- I will not be posting a 2018 Workshop schedule, though depending on timing I may add one or two if its workable.
- I will still offer a couple Saturday dates in Jan, maybe Feb, for the Basic Painting Cabinet/ Glazing Cabinet Workshop , if you have been considering a cabinet project.
- I’ve decided it’s best to NOT offer gift certificates for holiday purchasing this year.
- Our online store fabfinisher.com will remain. We have had known issues the last couple months with the hosting company BlueHost, I swear there were a couple times it was down more than it was up. It is presently being moved over to GoDaddy, with hopes that the disruptions will seize.
- As always, if you have any questions, give us a call or email us at support (at sign) fabfinisher.com
WE HAVE NEW WINTER HOURS
STARTING DECEMBER 1ST:
MONDAYS 10 AM – 2 PM
TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY 10 AM – 5 PM
THURSDAY 12 PM – 5 PM
SATURDAY 10 AM – 3 PM
Yes, it will be both. And, hey, to bring it back full circle, I may get to finally blog those photo files after all!