I recently read an inspirational quote on Instagram that said “Sometimes you just have to start walking before you can figure out where you’re meant to go” -Emily Ruth Hazel. The thing is, I’ve always known where I’m supposed to go, I just never started walking. Nope. I’ve been hiding. Hiding for twenty years in an office… various offices… doing all the stuff you do in an office. You know, type this, fax that, emails, files, phone calls, office emergencies and getting all those office things done. Keeping so busy so there’s no time to hear the little voice that has been whispering for years. The little voice that's been quietly and steadily saying “do something you love” is nowhere near as loud as the one screaming “but that’s a selfish luxury, a dream, keep working at your stable office job because it pays the bills and you’re good at that”.
Now this won’t be a blog filled with long-winded, life story sap. Nope. This blog will be about beautiful found treasures, sharing photos of exciting and new scored goods, restored and to be passed on for enjoyment, and about all the little things we can do to make our homes more interesting and beautiful. Maybe some food and wine chatter thrown in, but for this first post, my first blog post EVER, I thought I’d put a bit of my soul out there for all to see, and that is scary. Even scarier than the crazy, neurotic, corporate office stuff, and I’ve had twenty years of that. This is by far the scariest.
Short version… I’ve started walking. I mean baby steps, but I’m finally moving. This story is pretty familiar on the internet these days with a few variations, but here’s mine. Work twenty years, save money, quit the office job, sell the fancy city house, move out to a cute little town in the beautiful Willamette Valley and start walking.
The dream? To start my own business, open a brick-and-mortar store with an online component, sourcing, curating, sharing and selling what I think is interesting and beautiful. Doesn't sound too complicated when I say it like that! Yup, hindsight and all. But it does take faith, courage, patience, sacrifice, good timing and some encouraging and loving people that have believed in me along the way.
I'm just starting on this journey and have so much to learn, but I'm looking forward to the twists and turns, the new people, this new community, the next chapter, and I am grateful for those twenty years spent in the office. They've paid the bills, got me through some tough times, taught me valuable lessons and the best part is I got the chance to meet some of the most wonderful people, some who have even become life-long friends.
With so much gratitude.