This month marks the 3rd year since opening our Main Street brick and mortar shop and, almost 8 years of business in total, as our studio (upstairs from the shop) is where it all started. Time flies. I honestly can't believe I am going on 8 years in business. It is an incredible feeling and, I owe it all to my customers (more like extended family) for choosing to do business with me. I am eternally grateful for the continued support and, there isn't a day that goes by that I am not grateful for all of it.
I have endured many ups and downs along the way, which has taught me some valuable lessons. One thing I've learned in particular about owning a small business is this:
'The only constant thing in life is change.'
Change is something that will happen no matter how hard we try to stop it. It is insistent in our experience; change in our relationships, change in business; change in ourselves, unrelenting continuous change. This was a very disconcerting revelation for me. When I first started my business, my life was guided by a series of short-term plans, goals and expectations. However, after almost 8 years of running a small business, I have learned that changes (even anticipated ones) don’t always produce an outcome that is wanted. Just when you think you have it all figured out and that your life is under control, it changes. Which can totally shake you to your core. Change brings uncertainty, and this can bring on anxiety and fear. I soon realized the more I resisted change, the more it would persist. As hard as it was, I knew if I wanted to grow as a person and business I needed to face my fears and, accept that there will always be changes in life. By accepting that change was inevitable, I was able to embrace it, move forward and easily adapt to/with the ebb and flow of life. I've learned that change is growth. And growth, majority of the time is uncomfortable. If things aren’t working out my way, it is usually because I am being resistant to change. So when that happens, I always ask myself, what can I do to change?
Thanks so much for sharing this journey with me, I love each and every one of you.
Change is in all things sweet.