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Pressing the RESET Button

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How can it be 7 months since I have shared the journey of the shoppe and all I am learning. Feeling compelled to blog but the energy to write has been hard to find. Over the next two weeks you will get caught up on all I have been learning since my last blog in October. Sideways is the one word to describe how life has gone since my last post. You will be relieved to know you aren’t the only one whose life is nothing what it looks like to others.     My birthday is the first day of summer – June 21st and I will be 52 (thanks for being shocked at the fact I could be a day over 40). Reflecting on life since I turned 50, a reset is in order even if life continues going sideways. My reset starts with needing to LIVE (my word for 2017) which means having a party, being social, putting myself out there and taking a risk by setting my guest list to 52 people (one for each year of life).     Speaking words of life and providing a reason to gather our community is what I want...

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Community in Glacier National Park

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  While traveling in Glacier National Park, my best friend and I were using their shuttle bus system to get between key points. One of the women on our shuttle was a volunteer in the park and her name was Debbie. Let me just say Debbie has never met a stranger. Everyone getting on the bus sitting anywhere near her she asked how they were doing, where they were from and always gave them some park tips. We were on the shuttle with her for about 40 minutes and every stop her welcome continued. Regardless the conversation she was always positive and affirming.  As I was listening and reflecting it struck a chord in our busy lives we forget to see the people around us as part of the fabric woven into our lives. It was actually fun to listen to the conversations and gain a greater appreciation for other’s journeys. I learned a lot of facts from Debbie I had not read about in the guide books so was thankful for her willingness to share. Later that same day on the way back a couple engaged me in conversation and again it was a long segment of road with...

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Lessons for the Year Ahead from Cycling

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As 2014 came to a close this past week for me it was a time to give thanks. Giving thanks for a very busy December up until the last day of the year. Reminding myself that even though I was still working late nights and tired that I was a blessed business owner as there other small business owners that couldn’t say they were that busy. What a great problem to have as I constantly reminded myself. For those of you who have been reading along you know the word for our second year is “community”. This year I decided I would personally name my year. The name that continued to come up again and again was BOLD. God has continued to do so many amazing things in and through the shoppe that at times I am not just in awe but surprised. So this year no more being surprised, I am praying big and bold things for the shoppe and myself knowing that God can and will do all of those in accordance with His will. I am excited to journal my prayers and see the ways that God answers them. Most of you believe I am very outgoing...

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Community Means Being Part of the Story

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So many things to reflect on from this past week and so many great stories with all the Christmas gift giving. What an unexpected delight to be featured on Channel 5 news thanks to Katie Johnson. We felt the impact Christmas Eve with new shoppers buying additional gifts even though they were done as they were compelled by the story. Saturday we even had shoppers from Port St. Lucie that had seen the story and wanted to check it out. I continue to be humbled by the response of our new customers to the shoppe. I love that they feel that connection and are excited to have found us like we are a hidden treasure and we hope to soon be a treasure that is well known! Seeing the number of custom gifts that had so much thought, care and love put in them was encouraging. It was an honor to be part of the story to help the gift giver share their thoughts and feelings. One of my favorite memories is a dad who bought one of Artisan Kristin’s pre-made scrapbook for a baby boy; he  was going to print out pictures of his four month old  and give...

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Community Can't Live Without It

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The week started off with a visit from our local fire station. When I tell you they filled the shoppe they really filled the shoppe. Not that there were that many of them but my sense is when you get a group of men whose courage and bravery is off the chart it just fills the room. Thankfully the mission they set out on was accomplished.

When I found out the guys were from the station that watches over where I live and the shoppe, it was like a no brainer – the fire station is a part of "our" community. My love language is gifts (should have clicked in earlier another reason why I would own a gift shoppe) so of course it meant showing our appreciation would include some gifts. It was fun packing up goodies to take over to thank them for supporting us, letting them know they are appreciated and that we are glad they are a part of our community. I had to leave the boxes at the station, as they were not there when I dropped off. Later in the day as they were coming back from a call they drove by the shoppe and put their siren on for a second – the girls cheered and there were smiles all around in the shoppe - gifts received. We committed to pray for them and every time we hear the sirens and watch them go by we are reminded they are our community. We are thankful for their willingness to put their lives on the line for us each day.

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