Ten years. Really? Yes, we’ve been open for ten years.
So much has happened personally and professionally in that timeframe. And yet, I regret very little. I love what I do. I truly believe it’s my calling and I am very protective of this store and my co-workers.
No, we aren’t curing cancer or solving world peace, but we are interacting and involved with families and their most important life celebrations. We’re called on to assist with births, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, retirements and even celebrations of life when someone passes. And with each day, we are also deeply impacted by our customers.
Yes, our customers pay us, and that is what sustains our business, but it’s so much more than that. Our customers inspire us, they challenge us and motivate us to do better and be better.
And for all of these things, we are grateful.
I recently read the original version of my business plan and all of the stationery stores I profiled are out of business, but one. Yes, others have opened up shop and the competition is welcomed. I wish we could all be nicer to one another and share more often. I have tried and failed. Maybe I was the one who was too guarded. A true glimpse of my personal struggles may be to blame for that.
A few months ago I decided to write about my experiences, good and bad, over the last ten years. And after two posts, it was simply too much. There are too many raw emotions that I still feel too vulnerable to share publicly. In time, I hope that will change.
Being a business owner is difficult, much more than I ever imagined. But I would not trade it because I so love what I do.
So, in the store we outgrew years ago, that is more cluttered than I would like to admit, we will continue to create works of art and today, we will toast to all of you! Thank you to those who have given us hope and a reason to look forward to the next ten years!