How My Children Saved My Business

I know you must be wondering how that could be the case. It’s true, though. They saved my business!

I’m an author, but I’m also an entrepreneur.  If you’ve followed me a while you’ve heard me mention my business, The Jewelry Lady.  I’ve owned this retail store (initially online & now a storefront as well) for over 5 years.  I love it! I mean, what woman doesn’t love jewelry, right?  But there were many times that I thought about throwing in the towel because I’d come to the end of myself . But countless times my children were there with little nuggets that helped get me out of my funk.

Let’s start with the youngest.  She’s 8.  While on vacation, we came across a crafter called My Froggy Stuff (I think I told you guys about them before.  If not, here’s their YouTube channel-they have 2)

That child me gluing, sewing, taping, brainstorming & drawing til the cows came home!  Let’s just say she was the reason I redesigned my store many, many times to keep it interesting.  100_4119100_6012

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She’s also the reason that her dolls now have a jewelry store & 5 doll houses & a sweet shop (more to come I’m sure)!  And did I mention she asked, “Mommy, can I be The Jewelry Lady once you retire?”  Priceless.

On to my middle child, age 10.  He caught the YouTube bug way before his sister.  His fetish? Lego & dinosaurs!  He couldn’t get enough.  He even used his dad’s camera so much that well, yeah.  He broke it.  I haven’t told my husband yet.  I’ll just have to replace it.  But if I remember correctly, there are over 900 pictures that came out into a 6-part Lego video!  Talk about creativity & being driven!  He’s the reason I started doing videos & kept getting back on the horse when I felt like giving up on ideas.

Finally, the oldest. He’s my heart. There were many occasions when someone shredded a concept, dream or 2-3 day effort for no good reason. He was there with insight, perception & encouragement.  He also helped me understand when to let some people go and pray for their hearts.  Everyone can’t come with you!  I’m just in love with his peaceful ways & his strength.  He reminds me so much of my husband.  Here’s his current “thing”.

So, that’s it.  That’s a few ways that my children saved my business.  Oh yeah, the biggest way they helped?  They MAKE me play!  They remind me when I’ve worked too hard and need to take a movie/popcorn/hotchcolate/dolly/lego/wrestling/cartoon break.  They’re the best!  There are times that I think they manage me more than I manage them, but hey, as long as they’re doing a good job, why argue?

I hope you enjoyed my post. If you want to check out my store, stop by or shop online!

wpid-untitled6The Jewelry Lady
2307 W Cone Blvd
Suite 112
Greensboro, NC 27408
Tuesdays & Thursday, 5p-7p
Saturdays 11a-2p
http://www.thejewelryladystore.com

Until next time, try not to kill your kids before they turn 18!

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