Yes, I know…it’s not spelled that way, but it sounds better. Bolognie Dreams. Not Bologna.
It’s taken me some time to decide how and when to write this post…
One part of me felt like an idiot because I haven’t posted for a few months, but the other part of me has been itching to share because I’m delighted beyond my wildest dreams!
You need to brace yourself because the story your about to read, seems like a great fiction novel!
Scouts honor though…it’s true. So, here we go:)
Life is full of twists and turns, ups and downs, and everything in between, right? Well, the last thing that you all heard from me is that I was on a war path of cleaning and organizing so I could have a garage sale. I was desperate. Moving fast. Painting my house like it was nobody’s business. I wanted to get the house up for sale so we could move.
I got sick, and lost my hearing.
My husband had to have surgery.
We had a family crisis.
The Master bathroom toilet blew up, and ruined the carpet in the bedroom.
The Asian hornets have decided to take up residency in our attic.
And then I met Julie. This is the AMAZING part.
Now lets pause for a moment, and hit rewind so I can lay out the foundation of this amazing story.
In the beginning of this blog, I shared a story about me having a dream for the last twenty-five years of being a owner of a “home goods” store. A drool worthy store…one that just leaves you amazed with every step you take.
Over the years, I’ve taken notes, wrote down names of wholesalers, sketched out designs and thoughts of different displays…this was the kinda dream that grabs a hold of you, and never lets go. Some days I would be excited, other days I would wonder, “where in the heck am I gonna get that kind of money to start this”.
I would try to forget about it, but then it would just creep back up and get my attention.
Now pause for a moment, and fast forward to July 2016.
Several months ago I discovered a new store that had opened up right down the street from my mother and they sold Annie Sloan. I was pretty excited because this meant I had close access to my painting supplies instead of having to drive to Egypt or pay ridiculous shipping.
The day I walked into that store, I had no intentions of going but my mother kept pressing the issue so…
I have her to thank for the rest of this story:)
I’m just walking around casually browsing, while my mother is at the front counter bragging about my painting skills and wondering if they do consignment?!
One thing lead to another and before you know it, I was having a meeting with the owner and then another.
I laid everything out there. Everything that had been bottled up for the last 25 years! Can you imagine? I didn’t think about what she would say, or how she would feel…I just thought, “you need to do this because this is what I would do!”
I talked about the color scheme of the building, how the store should be laid out, a new logo, a new website, retail, marketing materials, and everything in between!
I think her head was spinning, but she knew I was right. She actually had the same vision but couldn’t do it alone. Needless to say, by the time I was done rambling on and on, she basically said, “When can you start?”
We now have a joke between us. She tells everyone that she eats bolognie everyday because Cindy has a dream! LOL!
In the past 2 months, I’ve had my son come in and build a window display, and I’ve been working on the kids boutique area.
We have lots to do, and it’s probably going to take until Spring. I’ve been busy creating new marketing materials, painting, designing window displays, I’ll be doing the ordering of retail for the store, she’s building me an office, and I’m happier than a pig in MUD!
So there ya have it. If there’s one thing I can explain, it’s this: Never give up on your dreams. You’ll never know when or how it’s gonna happen, but if you just keep believing and pushing forward, it’s bound to happen:) Even if it takes 25 years!
Who knows where this is going to take me, but I know I should be doing this. For now, BHL isn’t going anywhere just yet because I still have things to share and I have to keep ya updated on the changes of the store!
I sure do miss you all, and I am truly grateful that you’ve all hung in there waiting for me:)