Learning To Share

Everyone has a dream. My dream is to one day actually have a physical shop. An artist consignment shop and thrift store mixed together. A shop where I can host jewelry parties and events. I know it will take a lot of work but I am driven to do it. I have always wanted a store of my own. I used to draw pictures like the ones above all the way back to when I was eight years old. I would watch "You've Got Mail" in awe of the wonderful Kathleen Kelly and her Shop Around The Corner (though I hope my shop has a different fate) Sometimes a dream is more then a dream it is a calling.

I have kept this dream close to my heart for years. Only really sharing it with friends and fellow artists. I don't really know why I did this… maybe because I was too scared to admit that I cared so much about it. I am learning though that sharing it, is better. I have only just really started talking about it openly. Telling people about my plans and how one day I will have a shop. I guess maybe I didn't want to hear people question me about whether or not they believed I could really make it happen. Like many did when I said I was going to open my Etsy shop. This dream was sacred to me and I didn't want negativity corrupting in. Silly me though… I kept it so close that I didn't give the dream room to grow… to expand through the support and input of others.

It has been fulfilling to share this dream of mine. To know that not only I, but others believe in my dream and want to help me create it. I drew this sketch as the first physical representation to myself of what I dream my shop to be like. I find myself when I go out with friends pressing my nose up against the windows of empty shops, trying to peer in so I can imagine what it would be like to have Celebrated Lady be there.

I constantly wonder and plan. What type of items will I sell? How will the dressing rooms look? Where is the best location? All things I think about. Oddly enough a lot of the time right as I'm trying to fall asleep. My own version of counting sheep. I want the shop to be filled with light. To be bright and organized and to ooze with the creativity and the history of it's stock. A room for jewelry parties and where I can meet with brides to discuss designs for their very special wedding days.

Right now I feel like all I can do is plan. I feel that the planning is only part of my path on the way to my dream. Everyday I realize something new about this dream of mine. One day I just know I will be working in this shop of mine and I will stop to look around and see all that I envisioned. All that I dreamed will truly exist hopefully giving inspiration to another little girl wandering through the store.