The Future Is Bright
I have decided to close my online boutique Magnolia Palm yesterday. It was not a tough decision as I have been thinking about it for a while. It's interesting because it had been a dream of mine since I was in high school. The difference is I wanted to open an actual retail space. When I first decided to take the plunge and open the store I thought online would be the way to go as the huge shift from brick and mortar to e commerce has been a trend in the past few years. I thought this would be easy with a toddler at home. I can work on it as much or as little as I could while being at home. Well, it was not like that at all. I would sit in front of the computer, plan and work and still not moving forward. When you have two months of less than $100 in sales, it's easy to be discouraged. You like to think that when you launch a business your friends would be the first to help and support you. I only sold items when I offered steep discounts. I have had friends stop speaking to me completely. It's a hard pill to swallow when you realize people you thought were your friends, really don't care. If someone acts like they don't care, believe them.
We make plans for our lives, and sometimes those plans don't turn out like we expected. God may have other plans that we aren't aware of. I took the leap of faith and opened a store truly believing I would have support of not only family but my friends. I decided to start blogging as I have thought about this opportunity for years. My plan was to build both together as they would perfectly fit hand in hand. I'd rather look back and say, "I tried and followed a dream" rather than saying "What if?" I have had good days and bad days. The bad days I cried, called my mom and told her I was giving up. She was the biggest cheerleader of all. She'd tell me what I needed to hear and would listen to anything I needed to say. If it wasn't for my mom I would not have made it this far. I'm so incredibly grateful for her love, support and wisdom. There is a lot of great opportunities in the works for my blogging career. I am very excited to see where this path may lead and what may come from this. I will continue to keep everyone posted and up to date on the latest.
My husband and I are wanting to grow our family. I'd prefer and absolutely love to stay home with our son Lincoln, welcome a new baby and enjoy this precious time in our lives. I am fortunate enough to have this opportunity and the time we share with our children as babies and toddlers is too precious. I hope to one day come back to the dream of opening a retail space after my children are in school. Let's see where I am in 5 years. This will be fun to re-visit this post 5 years from now to see what all has changed and transpired since now. I appreciate all the support and love I have received from my amazing followers and cheerleaders. As one door may be closing another is getting ready to open. Keep the Faith
Happy Tuesday Everyone!
With Kindness & Love, Kenzie