Thursday, October 2, 2008
Over three and half years ago I moved into this little space to kick off one of my big dreams in life - to have my own craft store. It had been vacant for 6 months and in its previous life had been all sorts of stores including a cafe, sewing machine repair shop and even a shoe store. Nestled between an ink cartridge and a water filter shop perhaps wasn't where I had pictured my first shop to be, but in the end it didn't really matter because it was mine and somewhere to start.
This week I am moving out which is sad but is an end to a chapter that needed a full stop so that I can move on and let this friend of mine called Lyssy May spread her wings a little. I am so excited about moving to Melbourne but 676 Wynnum Rd will always be where I learnt my 'trade' and so many lessons about what it is to own a small business and be in retail. In this store there have been lots (and lots) of laughs, tears, moments of elation and frustration, but never moments of regret for the risk I took to follow a dream. If you have a burning passion to get out there and do something you've always wanted, all I can say is 'just do it'. I truly believe there is no reward without risk and the fear of not doing something is much greater than the fear of doing it.
On Friday I will be handing over the keys to someone whose dream has also been to have their own retail premises and I feel so privileged to be in a small way part of her journey. So the boxes are packed, the sewing machine is sitting in my garage waiting for a removals truck and the next chapter is about to start. Thanks to all my wonderful friends, customers and suppliers for being part of it so far. xx