I have had to make some pretty big decisions in the last couple of weeks. I have decided to quit something I have worked so hard for and put my blood sweat and tears into for over a year and a half. Anyone who is an entrepreneur knows the sacrifice you (and your family) have to make when opening and running a business.
I am always striving to do better and be better. It is a part of how I am wired and who I am. I try to give everything a 100% effort but in the last little while I have realized that I have spread myself too thin between work, running the business and trying to keep the family healthy and happy. It has made it impossible to do any of those things well and I have actually regressed instead of thriving (not to mention I feel like I am taking my family down with me, oh the guilt of motherhood, haha). My health and family have suffered and it is time for me to refocus on what is important because without both of those things, I have nothing. So, at the end of this month I will be handing over the reins of the boutique to a wonderful and super creative artisan, Josiane Berube. Some of you may know her as Romeo’s Factory. She will re-christian the store as Romeo & Stella and will hopefully open June 6th, 2015. Some of the tried and true artisans will remain and she will also be bringing some fresh stuff in so make sure to stop by and support your community by shopping local.
This process has obviously been heartbreaking for me as opening the store has been like having another child but my landlord, who is a fellow entrepreneur, came in to see me yesterday to congratulate me on stepping away from the store. I was a little confused and taken aback at first but he said, any good entrepreneur knows when to quit and will likely quit many times in their life before finding the exact fit. He said I should be proud of what I had accomplished and created. It got me to thinking about why I had started this all in the first place. My biggest thing in opening the boutique was to create a community of like minded individuals and provide artisans with support and a platform to share their heart felt wares with people. I am proud to say that I feel like I have accomplished that as many of my artisans and customers have become friends and made connections through the shop and now Josiane will just continue to build upon that.
Now, I can get back to the business of doing art and being grateful for what I have for a little while. I know I will always be a busy person but I am hoping things will be more manageable as my girls need their mom and my man needs his spouse back. I will continue to create, teach, run retreats (Beyoutiful Souls) and craft fairs (The Savoir Faire). I am hoping to still continue to be a presence in the store by selling some of my goods and teaching.
Keep your eyes peeled as I will be having a retreat in Vermont in September and another in the Thousand Islands in the Fall. I am also hoping to set up a studio space at home so I can do what I love near the people that I love.
Thank you to all of my loyal customers, artisans, supporters and family for helping make this dream a reality!!!