After a month or so of keeping a business decision pretty much to myself it's come time to share with you a few changes I've made in my life.
As some of you know I opened a small booth space at a local antique mall last summer. At the time I was over-the-moon excited about it because it had been many years since I'd been a part of a of brick and mortar shoppe and returning to hands-on selling was very appealing to me. I've always loved meeting my customers face to face and seeing firsthand their happiness and joy when discovering a favorite find. Plus...I love display work and staging! It's almost like having another home away from home.
Last April I also reopened my A Gathering Place Website and with that decision came a slow (and a bit painful) exit from consistent selling on eBay. Many of my longtime customers followed me to my own place and for that I'm very grateful. Trust me, you've all kept me hoppin'! What I didn't expect was the huge challenge that came with trying to run two separate places of business at the same time. Ultimately this stressed me out to the point that I ended up not managing either place very well. One always seemed to be wanting...my physical shoppe was either full or my website was stocked~but neither one at the same time.
I made a final decision about a month ago to close my local booth space and today was my last day at French Quarter Antique Mall in Oklahoma City. As tough as it was so say goodbye to something I dearly loved I know I made the right choice. I've come to learn over the years that the RIGHT CHOICE isn't always the EASIEST CHOICE. I also know that God has promised to lead and guide my steps in all things and I'm continuing to trust Him without question. I feel at peace and my heart feels at rest.
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
Aside from feeling the focus on my work had become wayward, I also know in my heart that my beloved, my Mr. AGPMan, deserves some man-time of his own. He has ALWAYS blessed me and done all I have asked of him. He is ALL and MORE of what I've spoken of him to be...kind, loyal, giving, caring and loving. Lately I believe God has shown me a new path and I must follow it. My 'He-Can-Do-Anything-Man' works harder than ANY single person I have ever known and yet I know he longs to find time to work inside his amazing wood-shop outback and finish projects that are all his own. He can't do that if he is constantly focused on making only MY dreams come true.
I'm looking forward to concentrating more on my Website and hope you will plan on visiting me soon. Additionally, we are still in the midst of a tiny (but a killer) master bath remodel and I'll be sharing more about that as we go along.
My prayer for each of you today is that you will always listen with an open heart to the voice of the Most High...
Thanks for stopping by today...may your Sunday be beautiful and blessed.
Love to you~