|Coming Soon Sign Preparing for Opening Day-2003|
I am not someone who always wins nor have I always had things turn out well for me easily. On the contrary I am not afraid of hard work and think nothing of going where others are just a little too timid or tentative to go. I am one part saavy business person and one part crazy lunatic, I guess. Tell me I can't and I will work very hard to show you I can and I will. Walt Disney's quote comes to mind--"It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” For me, that has been a big chunk of my working life, for good or for bad.
Ten years ago, I had the guts to follow a dream and open a business selling hand-crafted American works of art and offering art classes. With a ton of hard work, dedication, and with every bit of knowledge from prior careers (and then some!), I turned that dream into a reasonably successful business that has survived and thrived in a small suburban town for ten years.
|Creative Genius, Opening Day-2003|
It is really hard to be tied to a retail business and run a service-based business but I did so for three years before I decided it was time to make a decision. It felt like choosing a favorite child. I eventually made the decision to leave my first dream of running my own gallery and studio to focus full time on my photography in the past 2 months. It was a very difficult decision to make and took a lot of mulling over before I actually decided that I had made my final decision.
|First holiday season-Dec, 2003|
When I made the announcement about the upcoming store closing, I figured some people would have questions and things would move forward from there. I had no idea that so many people would come out of the woodwork to stop in to tell me how sad they were but to wish me luck on my next adventure. I never expected the outpouring of supportive comments on facebook within moments of posting the announcement. I didn't think that so many people would have so many kind things to say about what was basically something I always wanted to do. I created something from nothing (with lots of help from some key people in my life) and it touched lots of people in some way. To be able to touch people with something that meant so much to me is pretty incredible. I shared the outpouring of support and comments with my family and my sister made an interesting comment. She said it reminded her of the movie It's A Wonderful Life. When I thought about it, I remembered that key scene at the end of the movie where George Bailey finally gets to see, in real life, all the people who were on his side and who were there to stand behind him when he needed it. What an amazing feeling to realize that you aren't invisible and that people really see you and appreciate what you've created.
|Creative Genius-2009 After Expansion|
|New Studio Addition-2009|
|Creative Genius-December, 2012|
Now, moving forward, I am excited to see what the future holds.
Like I said, I am a very very lucky person and a very very grateful one too. And it really is a wonderful life....