Can I just say how totally blown away I am by the response to our store and to ourselves?! It's such a big step we took, such a risk -- not in terms of money (though there is that) -- but in terms of ourselves. We put our creations on the walls and let random strangers sift through our lives. We have a vision and dream of what makes us happy, what inspires us, and we try to share that. Will they be open to the possibility that we present? Will they reject us because they don't like the colors or the prices or they don't appreciate our time or vision? Will they be bored? annoyed? It's nerve-wracking!
But I am just writing to say that it is TOTALLY worth the risk. Yes there are people who are not interested or enthusiastic about what we have to offer, and that is totally fine, but there are other people who are so inspired and enthusiastic. I know, I'm repeating myself from previous posts, but it's a wonderful and amazing thing. To be able to share ourselves and our creations and vision, not just with the friends and acquaintances who come to our homes, but to the casual passerby, has proved immensely rewarding even after only three months of being open. I am so grateful. I came to a point in my life a while ago when I felt that my calling was to make the world more creative and though it took a few years to get from there to here, I can honestly say that I am fulfilling my calling.
People are responding to what we have created, and I simply HAVE to share this email that I received recently.
"Hi Laura,I'm the fan from Milwaukee. Let me tell you...you have no idea
how freaky it was to read your 5/26 post about my visit. I hadn't planned on stopping on State Street on Monday, but ended up detouring that way, getting an easy parking spot and then your store just happened to be around the corner. Your button sign drew me in. But the juju of the shop stopped me from leaving. When I asked if I could set down my drink, it was because I felt like I was in someone's sacred spot and didn't want to disrespect it. I could feel the love and care that went into creating both that space and all the art it contains and inspires.
I don't know how to explain it, but I could appreciate everything that you put into your store, every detail of every display, every ounce of
imagination behind your artwork, your sister's art and everyone else's. It felt good. It felt comfortable. I wanted to rummage through your cupboards and peek behind the back curtain to see what I was missing. I wanted to pull up a chair and play. I felt like I do when the sweetness of that first big breath of blossoming summer clover hits my nose and fills my lungs. Alive."
Are you just getting goosebumps? I am. And my mom got kind of teary when I shared it with her. This is it. Do what you love. Follow your bliss. Find what it is you are meant to do and don't be afraid to follow it.... all those quotations I can throw at you. But I'll leave with this:
Different Plans by Brian Andreas
I don't know
how long I can do this,
I think the universe
has different plans for me
& we sat there
& I thought to myself
that this is the thing
we all come to
& this is the thing
we all fight
& if we are lucky enough
our lives become beautiful
with mystery again
& I sat there silent
because that is not something
that can be said.