In my experience, the hardest part about being an entrepreneur is the insecurity of not knowing where the next big idea will come from or even being able to predict with certainty where the money will flow from.
I’ll never forget when I came across Elizabeth Gilbert’s TED talk “Your elusive creative genius.” I finally realized that I wasn’t alone in the fear of never fully achieving the success of my dreams. I love the idea she presents that we are not geniuses, but vessels for genius to flow and at times must be worked out.
I’ve lived with insecurity for many years, learning to press through the inevitable failures along the way. Even when the journey has been wonderful, I spend days after each show and adventure worrying about which direction I should go.
I need to alleviate worry. Birds in flight don’t worry, they go with the flow.
Celebrating what is right with the world
Mr. Flown The Coop came home from a leadership course today and shared a video that has challenged me to think about life and business is a new light. It was exactly what I needed to hear and the best twenty minutes I’ve spent all week. In the video Dewitt Jones shares what he learned working twenty years as a photographer at National Geographic. I encourage you to take the time to watch it!
Dewitt reminded me that I should live with uncertainty, yet act with confidence. I need to focus on opportunity, rather than scarcity. I was inspired to believe in abundance, keep looking for the next possible answer and move from a good frame to a great frame.
As Dewitt says, “Look for ways to work cooperatively with others.” If you take the time to view the video, let me know what you got out of it. I’d love to be encouraged by your journey! I don’t think we can have too many cheerleaders on our court.
And the birds fluttered around her writing “YES” in the sky.
My anticipation is growing as I prepare for Texas Antiques Week in Warrenton, Texas. I am thrilled to be in a new location at Bar W under a big tent with my friends at The Seed Box Designs. This is the first time I’ve had enough junque to fill a 20ft UHaul, my trailer and truck. I will be ready to get this party started on Saturday, September 21, when Jeff and I roll our caravan into Bar W and unload.
I’m always excited to be surrounded by kindred spirits who share my passion for fabulous finds (aka junque). Wether you are a customer or another dealer, most of us out in the field have junking in our blood and could tell stories about our adventures.
I come from a long line of junkers. I have fond memories of Friday morning garage sales with my grandparents. Grandpa loved garage sales as much as my Grandma. I loved staying the night with them during the summer when we could hit the garage sales. We would get up early, with a route all mapped out. We were normally the first in line and had to wait for the homeowner to open the garage at our first stop. I learned the art of negotiation from my Grandma. I inherited my love for thrift stores from my Mom, which I’d never admit as a teenager. We had our favorite thrifts and discount shops, like Schottensteins and the Volunteers of America. One of the best shopping experiences I had with my parents was at an Eddie Bauer Outlet sale. We stood in line at 4 am and left with garbage bags full of clothes. To this day, I refuse to pay retail prices for anything. My children grew up thrift and garage sale shopping. I am proud to say that my daughter is a natural who takes after her Great Grandma, Grandma and her Mother.
When I began to build a home for our family, I remember falling in love with the story. I had friends in Mississippi who taught me the art of decorating with character. They would walk me through their homes telling me stories behind each treasured piece. Their homes were full of fun memories and insight into their lives. To this day, my home is a collection of adventures and remembrances from my journey.
I am often asked, “So, what is the story?” I know that it’s nice to know where a piece came from, who made it or what era it came from. I can usually tell you where or how I acquired the piece, but not it’s origin. Honestly, I never think to ask the person I buy it from. At the time I am usually caught up in the moment and excited about the particular piece. Here’s a glimpse into my world of junking, a video Jeff and I made a couple years ago called “Making magic happen” or better known as “it’s not all fun and games.” Warning: it’s not all glamorous.
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I believe the true value of a treasured piece comes from the story you give it. Where did you find it? What were you looking for at the time? Who were you with when you bought it? What special occasion is it associated with? What adventure did you have while buying it? Did the piece “buy you” when you weren’t even looking for it?
I enjoy the idea of helping people tell their stories through the pieces they buy from Flown The Coop. I love watching the adventure unfold in Warrenton as shoppers hit the fields with their lists. Years from now, I wonder what stories they will tell their friends when asked about the piece they purchased from me. Don’t be surprised if I ask you, “What’s the story?”
Is your home a collection of stories to tell? Or are you just getting started on your decorating adventure? Tell us about your current favorite piece, and “What’s the story.”
Here’s a sneak peak of the items you’ll find at Flown The Coop during Texas Antiques Week.
Hope to see you there! Stop by and we’ll swap stories. 🙂
Don’t forget to share your stories in the comment section and follow our flight pattern on Facebook! Life is a journey, come travel with me.
And the birds fluttered around her writing “YES” in the sky!