Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Understanding...

so i have to be honest...

this past month has been difficult...

i've had to make a MAJOR decision...

concerning my shop...



oh how i *love* this place...

meeting people who share a *passion* for vintage, discarded items...

sharing my heritage and giving voice to {what once was}...

but it is time to move on...

i have struggled with letting go...

i feel as if i have abandoned the small, shy girl of my youth...

that i have turned my back on her one true dream...

it has been hard, could have been harder...

i have some *AMAZING* opportunities this year...

some opportunities that a shy little girl could NEVER have dreamed of happening to her...

i am NOT giving up on my passion, i am just refocusing, going down a different path that has been opened to me because i was strong, and brave enough to take the leap and open my brick and mortar store...

to *live* ONE of my dreams...

i have learned that there will be regrets in life, it is life of course, we never know how to do EXACTLY right...

but i would rather my regrets come from my decision of letting go of something material, of something i felt i was really {to put it plainly} half-assing...

than regrets that i didn't take time for my little ones and family...

time moves SO fast that i want to try and immerse myself in each moment, and rejoice in the pure, simply, beauty...

so...

i hope you will understand my absence from this little blog here...

i have had to mourn a little...

and *thank* to that shy, little girl who once was for giving me courage, whispering loud enough, and dreaming of the kind of LIFE she truly wanted to live...



32 comments:

Arlene said...

I think part of the creative journey is the change, scary as it may be. And it should be part of the life journey for everyone but that doesn't always happen. Congratulations for making a decision to travel a new path. Whatever you have learned and experienced previously will be the stones on the new path, giving you a sure step.

Kelly & Monte Tareski said...

Good for you Kristin... Have faith in your journey. No matter what direction you go, you will have plenty of supporters. Proud of you...

kerrie of sea cottage said...

I am making some similar changes in my life...mine is of a returning and remaining true to the place I know I am suppose to be. I will not be blogging as much either. Do take that time with your children while it is there. My four are entering young adulthood and it has gone by way too fast. I'm so grateful I took the time to spend 24/7 with them. YOu will never regret it.

Kristy said...

You will be missed, but Kerrie is right savor every little adventure with your young ones!

Jennifer Rizzo said...

I am so sorry to here about your shop! I am sure that was a really difficult decision to make.I hope that new adventures come your way soon!

AntiqueChase said...

All the best, always!

Destiny said...

I really loved getting your e-mail last week about this...it made me feel so much better about my decision to do the same...it really did! I think I've cried a few times this week as the end of the month approaches. I'm just trying to stay focused on the reasons why I chose to leave in the first place. I can't wait to hear about your exciting opportunities! Nothing too exciting in the works for me, but that's okay for now. I need a break for a while LOL!

Anne Marie... said...

Oh Kristin....you are so amazing....what an inspiration you are to keep looking at what God is giving you right here and now...and for you to focus on your family instead of your shop, well, that is seriously the most sincere and caring decision you can make as a wife and mother.....

xo+blessings,
Anne Marie

slommler said...

Change is so scary at times and moving on is a difficult decision. But you have made it and taking time to adjust is very healthy!! Something more aaahhhmazing is truly on it's way I am sure!!
Hugs
SueAnn

traci said...

i'll be thinking of you sweetie. i am sure it's a hard decision, but the kids come first. they are lucky to have you for their mama. xo!!

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

I know you will make the right decision, just when I have some good news to share with you about your blog. I'll email you later this evening. Best wishes with your new adventures.

~Kristina said...

Over a virtual cup of coffee, we're here to share with you your mourning and encourage you in your new adventures.

Leah C said...

Change is so very hard...but good for you for recognizing the change you need! Putting family first...and yourself...is what matters most. Take the time to mourn your shop. And then rejoice in the new adventures that'll come your way:) We{your readers} have no doubt, whatever you choose, it'll be amazing!

Kelly Ballard said...

Hi Kristin,
Your shop is something special and I'm glad I had the opportunity to see it. Being a shopkeeper is such a huge responsibility. I imagine it's extra challenging with little ones.

After five years in business I have decided to sell my shop. I have enjoyed having a shop but at this point in my life I need a little more freedom.

Wishing you the best!

Kelly
Second Hand Chicks

Anna said...

Oh girl, change is hard but change really is the only thing that is constant :)
Thinking about you and knowing you will do great things!!

bucolic beauty said...

There are times when it is a bit challenging to make lemonade(sometimes there doesn't seem to be enough sugar). I often repeat to myself "for everything there is a season." And with every season new opportunities sprout and blossom.

kpaints said...

Great choice...chosing what you really desire over and above all the rest is always difficult but soooo worth it in the end. God bless your travels.

blondiensc said...

Said perfectly...those decisions are so hard to make, but deep down we always know what is truly right even if it is hard to make that choice, big hugs coming your way...from a momma who is standing right where you are today~ xo

Snappy Di said...

So sad for you. I know another blogger who also had to let go of her brick and mortar shop due to the poor economy. Although I am too far away to have ever visited your shop, I can tell from the photo that I would have loved shopping there.

:-(( Wishing you much luck as you move ahead into your next adventure.

Di

Curtains In My Tree said...

Say It ain't sooooo Kristin

Don't give up blogging please we need to hear from you and Ollie about what your doing.

surely you can have a farm yard sale on in a while to move some treasures

Do you have plans?

will dearly miss you if you stop your blog

sincerely Janice

Anita said...

4 years ago, I closed my little shop. I put it off for about 6 months, but felt free when I did it. I just do markets- once a month or so- and I ake a little extra money without sacrificing so much time at home. It's not a closure- but a new beginning. Sometimes people say- Oh, I miss your shop, don't you? Um, truthfully? Not so much anymore.

Skip and Faun said...

Oh Kristin... you'll never regret your decision to spend more time with your darling children! They grow up so very fast. I have made similar decisions and I know it is so hard in the beginning... but then, you feel peace. AND, well, that might give us more time to play & explore abandoned houses! haha! So, I'll be calling for a play date some day soon. ;o)

Martha said...

hugs and love to you Kristin... I'm sure was so hard to do...but you know the right way to go for you and your family...
much love you
xo

Barn House said...

Hey Kristen,

Family first, always! I know it was probably one of the hardest decisions you have had to make, but after the mourning you will likely feel a huge weight lifted from your shoulders. We have cut back as well and I can't tell you how free we feel! We have even scheduled a special vacation already to visit two of our closest friends in NM. I hope you feel the love and support from all of us. We are behind you 100%!

When one door closes.... :o)

The Boys

MODERN Prairie Girl said...

I read a great quote today: Fortune favors the brave...that's you girlie...BRAVE...and this new adventure, wherever it takes you, will a wonderful one because you will make it so.
big 'ole prairie hugs!!!
Lara

Becky@Dwelling Room Interiors said...

Wishing you all the best on any new adventures that may come your way. I think the blogging and online world is becoming overwhelming for so many, including myself at times, that we have to continue to evaluate what is most precious to us...our family, our loved ones, our passions, our time...and continue to be true to those passions and remembering in life what it is that truly matters, now and years from now. Good luck and if we're ever in your area at a bull sale, I'll be sure to look you up!

Renaissance Soul said...

I know you are taking Soul Restoration too, and I tell you it has kicked my little perspective about what "is" and "is not" top priority right now into gear! I've only 7 years before I'm an empty nest! I'm still going to do my things but when I laid out that time line it made me realize that my girls will be going before I know it! I love retail too, but home and family are really what matter. You've made the right decision for right now! Be Brave!!

ally lewis photography said...

LOVE YOU'RE STORE!! I am a newcomer to vintage items, and have completely fallen in love! Glad I I found your blog! :)

hometown girl said...

your shop is lovely, i can see why this is a difficult decision. it's always hard to give up something that's been a dream but family is so important. you are such an amazing woman, there is so much in store for you i just know it!! hugs, susan

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Follow your heart girl!!!
I'm so glad your not leaving us completely, I would miss you :)
Lots of love
Kristin

Prairie Girl Studio said...

oh boy oh boy oh boy ...
i am so sorry you have been having such a difficult
time, kristin ... it is a tough one for sure ... xo
hugs for your little shy girl heart who is still
skipping along, but perhaps on a different
path that will certainly allow another
part of your heart to shine ... : )
this past year has been a year of transition
for me ... having to close my graphic design
business in my studio to look after family ...
i felt i was losing my identity somehow, yet
as time goes on, i am finding new bits of me
and it feels pretty good!
be gentle with yourself ...
*hugs*
xoxo
prairiegirl

michelle said...

Hi Kristin, what a difficult decision but you know in your heart what is right for you and your family. I wish you all the best in your "new" chapter in life and absorb yourself into all of it, children grow so quickly and before we know it, they have grown and moved out. I hope you feel some relief and now can concentrate on what matters the most in your heart. Blessings to you!

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