Sunday, October 24, 2010
Friends make my world go round...being an 'only..lonely' I've always surrounded myself with adopted 'sistas'...they truly are family in every sense of the word. And I think our construction business was successful because many of our customers became friends long after their jobs were complete.
If you are going to be successful, no matter what you choose to do...you need to understand that every single person on the face of the earth wants to be seen, validated, and held in esteem. That's always been fairly easy for me because by and large I'm fascinated with humanoids and what makes them tick.
Now even more so after losing our beautiful son...you can't understand how valuable a human life is until you've lost the very one that meant the entire universe to you.
I see people in a whole new light now...I see their struggles, I see their hopes and dreams and the scars they try to hide from the world. We all do the same thing...we all try to appear so much tougher than we really are. This just reinforces to me over and over that no matter WHAT we look like, no matter WHAT our heritage is...we are all SO MUCH MORE alike than we are different and it's a fabulous awakening to me!
I love to talk to all of my market friends and find out what their backgrounds are...I love to hear the stories about how hard they work and how many markets they balance throughout the season. Some actually do markets full time...traveling from good weather to good weather...they are true gypsies...disillusioned with the traditional workplace...determined to make their living THEIR way...it's pretty inspiring.
That brings us to the gallery. I told my friends a little more about it last night. Now this is a group of self-employed...mostly semi-retired individuals that have no worries about money and devote themselves to travel and volunteering and leisure activities.
Most have a healthy bank account and no financial worries...so we are definitely the odd couple out...it was a sobering fall from grace for us...at least in our social circle as we used to be the so called "leaders of the pack"...sooo....for us to have to jump back into a full time business...retail...no less...which is the hardest of the hard...in a time where the economy is so flat...is nearly impossible for them to understand...let alone support. You'd think their manners alone would encourage them to well...encourage us...but I didn't hear much of that...well...maybe a few "hope this works out for you."
But I won't let their doubts stand in our way...I've thought every thought that they have, and I've given myself every argument that this isn't the BEST of times to do this that is rattling across their minds...and I'm still pushing forward and hoping for the best possible outcome.
Sometimes you've got to believe in yourself even when your 'family' doesn't...nuff said
I'm also thinking this will be a good life lesson for me to shed all of the materialistic stuff that I've always held in such high esteem. It...to me...is like peeling an onion..little by little I'll get to the core of who I really am...and people will never see 'my stuff' before they see me...should be interesting...stay tuned for the ride! It's going to be a hairy...but FUN one!
Found Object~A Consign~ Design Gallery of Furniture & Accessories
Rethink, restore, repurpose
Gently loved objects of beauty
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Yippee...the Farmer's Market is just around the corner...and JUST in time... it's finally getting a little cooler. That means I'll get to see all of my market friends from last season and make some more this year! The summer indoor air conditioned market was a success and a blessing, who would have thunk it...I'm SO glad I pushed myself to overcome my Iowa bred skepticism on whether it would do well and just DID it! If we PUSH ourselves to do things we are afraid/skeptical of....we OFTEN get wonderful surprises...so JUST DO IT!!
I've got lots of new jewelry designs ready for this season and I'll be posting them for your viewing pleasure sometime in the next several weeks.
Right now I'm intent on exploring the consignment gallery opportunity. I meet with the landlord next week to try to negotiate better terms than what we discussed via telephone...I don't want to look a gift horse in the mouth...he's been pretty flexible by agreeing to give us a 60 day grace period and that's pretty awesome...so we shall meet up next week and see how this latest brain storm plays out for DH and me.
Here's a few pics of the showroom and warehouse space...it's pretty gritty right now, the former tenant left it in rough shape. It needs LOTS of paint and new flooring for sure!
I just wanted a reference point so that you can see how really beauteous it will become if I decide to make my dream become a reality...time will tell.
This is the front showroom, pretty small but it has a window that looks back into the warehouse area which is light and bright due to sky lights. I like the little window that allows you to see whats going on in the back.
I'll put my beads and jewelry designs in the front section and maybe some gift cards and other little 'gifty' notions.
This is the warehouse section, I see DH got in the pic...how did that happen..little camera hogster!
The big overhead door ...which DEFINITELY needs a fresh coat of paint...will come in handy to get furniture in and out. It also has a little open air section behind the warehouse that we can touch up or refinish furniture if we need to.
Here's a shot from the back of the warehouse area looking up to the front office section...it needs LOTS of TLC...but it is a project just like each of us! It needs the same transformation and loving care that each of us need while we are traveling to become our MOST beautiful.... FULLY... realized selves!
I'm hoping I'll be so busy that I will get LOTS more exercise in on a daily basis just arranging and rearranging all the furniture groupings for best display! I'll certainly be burning LOTS more calories and thats a GOOD thing right?
Okay...so thats my update on
~Found Object~ Gallery
Fine Consignment Furniture & Accessories
Rethink, reuse, recycle...Mother Earth will hug you!
Now here's a fun little ditty going around Spark World from one of my dear sparkling friends! Four fun facts about moi' in groups of four!
Four Jobs I've had in my life:
News Assistant Des Moines Register & Tribune (fresh out of high school) LOVED this job got to go out on scene with the reporters..the criminologists were my FAV!
Stock Broker (out of college) SO WHY the HECK am I so broke now???
Assistant Employment Manager for 5th largest S&L in the U.S. I liked this job too..but LOTS of politics in banking! and you know me...I always picked up for the under dog!
Self Employed for the past 20+ years with DH in construction here in SE Florida....that is till the real estate market went in the crapper...now mostly with jewelry designs which I LOVE
Four Movies I have watched more than once:
"It's a Wonderful World" A Christmas time fav...I STILL cry...what a baby cake!
"Jaws"...scared the bejabbers out of me...had to see it again!
"Gone with the Wind"...in different versions
"The Titanic"...in different versions...loved the James Cameron one the best!
Four Places I have lived:
Des Moines, Iowa
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Clearwater/Safety Harbor, FL
Bonita Springs, FL
Four Places I have been:
all over England
All over France
All over Italy
Taos, New Mexico
Four of my favorite foods:
A great cut of steak (occasionally)
Four TV Shows I watch:
HGTV International Homebuyers
HGTV Designed to Sell
HGTV Selling New York
BRAVO The Housewives...of....I know, I know junk t.v. but they are SO hysterical..it amazes me that people are REALLY that superficial!
Four Places I'd rather be right now:
Hanging with the Josh man WHERE EVER he is!
French countryside for Christmas with our friends who just left to stay there till Jan.
Lake Como in Bellagio having din din with George Clooney and friends...HEY I can dream can't I??
Four things I am looking forward to this year:
Losing about 30-35 pounds to reach goal weight
Start a thriving business IN SPITE of the economy
Making a positive difference in as many peoples lives as I possibly can
Counting my MANY blessings EACH and EVERY single day of my life FOREVER!
Thats it...thats all...time to get ready to meet up with the darling girlfriends!
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