|Sweater: Vintage Jantzen, thrifted, Skirt: Suede, thrifted, Boots: Can't remember, Bracelets: Thrifted|
A few months ago our pastor preached on having a vision and going after it. I sat there in church thinking, "I DO have a vision!"; but was afraid to really follow it. I knew I wanted to make my thrifting my full time job. I believe I have an eye and definitely a passion for finding amazing treasures, and I wanted to turn that into something I could do full time. I also had been wanting, for some time, to be my own brand. I've been fortunate in that I've had the privilege of helping build up the businesses of others. But now I was ready to do that for myself.
I wish I could say that I went home, quit my job and took the plunge. Or at least that, I went home, kept my part time job and BEGAN pursuing my vision. But the truth is I didn't. I talked it to death. I berated myself for being such a pansy. I was terrified of the embarrassment of failure and I realized that I trusted my employer's business sense more than my own and really, for no good reason. Simply put, I was all talk and a big ol' chicken.
When we moved, I didn't keep my former job because it was a local business. So now was the time for me to finally follow my dream. I was kind of kicked out of the nest because my only other option was to start looking for work. But I felt like, if I was ever going to do this, right then was the time. To be honest, it's been WONDERFUL and I'm a little embarrassed that it took me so long. Within the past couple of months since I've started selling, I've probably sold about 70 items on eBay. I'm loving what I'm doing and my confidence as a business woman is building every day.
I've no aspirations of building any kind of business empire. I'm not striving to reach my first million. I find that the older I get, the less MONEY means to me and the more the people in my life DO mean to me. But being able to help my family out AND be home and available to them is such a treasure for me at this time in my life. And that fact that I get this while doing something I feel so passionate about, is just a bonus!
I've said all this to say, What's your vision? What is it that you just KNOW you'd be great at? If you could spend your day doing ANYTHING you wanted to do, what would it be? What would your days look like if YOU decided how your time would be spent. I'll never forget that Sunday when our Pastor said, "Either you get a vision, or someone will get a vision for you" and it's so true!
Now, as I'm finally living my vision, I'm thinking, "SERENE! Why did you wait so long?!?" For me it was fear. For you, it may be something else. But in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Day, I want to do my small part to encourage anyone out there to follow your vision. You can put it off until "just the right time", but usually that time never comes.
Seize the day girlies! I just know you have some awesome visions! I'd love to hear about them and I'd especially love to hear about how you're making them happen! Big love to you all!!
By the way, here are my auctions if you'd like to take a look!