I am still floating from all the love and support from everyone who celebrated our ribbon cutting , as well as, those who dropped in to check out the new digs.
Ironically, around this time last year, I was considering closing the doors of the business.
The neighborhood is changing. The original ecclectic Mom & Pop Business that create the soul of the neighborhood, are at most risk to be displaced in exchange for hipster-magnet breweries and trendy coffee shops.
There have been many bumps in the road which I have sustained as a small business owner, Tense moments like…being a struggling start up during the recession in 2008. OR, the time I had to pack up and leave a location because the building had gone into foreclosure without any prior notification from the landlord, OR, those times when everything had to be put on hold because of my daughter Marley’s medical needs.
After enduring those feats, the thought of no w taking on gentrification was somewhat overwhelming.
I was ready to give up. I felt really uninspired and overcome by sadness & disappointment.
I was ready to take off my cape ....
Then after many nights of reflection & meditation I came to the conclusion that if I want to fly,I must give up everything that weighs me down. That includes old thoughts, bad habits & fears .... I came to conclusion that the real failure would be if I quit or if I stopped trying. That was the real failure.
So the as I stood at the opening ceremony with water in my eyes listening to the accolades, my heart was full with my soul shouting, " You didn't give up!"