It’s my weekend, and instead of sleeping in as I’d planned, I’m sitting in the dark on the couch in my living room at 6am, typing to you all. Why? I woke up from a bad dream and couldn’t go back to sleep. I didn’t want to wake anyone else, so I figured I’d let my computer keep me company. That and George, my cat.
Before I started writing, I got swept up reading my last post – and it’s has me spinning a little. I try very hard to keep my actions focused towards positivity. It isn’t easy and occasionally stress or sickness or frustration will pull me out of seeking positive things and into the negative world. Perhaps it’s a good allegory for the force from Star Wars? Hehe. I’ll go from regular, steady, happy Jen – to a quiet, focused, teetering-on-grumpy Jen, and I’m not entirely happy about it. Today, I think i’m somewhere in the middle. I’m not grumpy by any means… but I’m also not jumping up and down happy. It’s that time of year that I get my ups and downs. My dreams were filled with Ben last night and I suppose it has me feeling a bit emotional. I’m also feeling very focused because there’s a lot I’ve got to get accomplished this weekend for my side business and I’ve only got the weekend to get it done. These are the “joys” of working a full time job and trying to build a business on the side.
I guess I didn’t really write about it here. Any of it. Wow – I’m fired as a blog writer. 🙂
Ok … let me catch you up a little…
In October, my best friend J, my daughter and my husband and I opened up a retail shop. In a real building where people can come and smell things and touch things. A boutique for skincare products, bath products, candles and cosmetics – All handmade by us in the lab. I’ve been working to perfect my recipes for years and now I have a place to unleash all our “experiments”. Now I have a place where I can work to try and impact the world for the better – even if it is only in small ways.
And now we’re prepping for 4 different events over the next month and a half, plus we’re launching products on Amazon just after thanksgiving. PLUS having to have some stock in the store for folks who pop in or stop by. It’s a very busy, very exciting time for us all. And we’re all pitching in to help in our own ways. It’s a family business.
I just wish I didn’t have to work full time elsewhere to pull it all off. I know that building a small business takes time – this will be my second business I’ve owned – and that perhaps in time, with a lot of work, some money, and a lot of love, It’ll get there.
If you’re interested – you can find us on instagram at @RainCityCandles
or check our website http://www.raincitystudio.com
It’s been quite a ride so far! It all kind of happened really fast and rather unexpectedly. The opportunity to open up a shop in this location kind of fell in our lap, and was such a great deal that we couldn’t really say no. Thankfully we could split the space with my best friend J and she could use half the space for photography studio (it’s amazing!) and the rest of the space could be for us.
Last week – after being open a month – I decided we needed to completely re-arrange our side. So we swapped shelves around and completely re-organized everything. It’s funny – in all the businesses I’ve worked with – and all the research, in all my knowledge of user experience, marketing, & business strategy that I use in my full time job, I’ve never launched this type of business. So everything we’ve done since we opened has been an experiment. The amount of times I question everything I do in it… it’s a little overwhelming at times. Does this type of retail display appeal to the type of customers we’re bringing in? Will this ad work over this other ad? What kind of gift set can I create for this price point? How can I bring my costs down? How can I drive foot traffic? Ugh. My mind is a constant whirl lately.
But I love it. I seriously do. There is so much to learn and I find that challenge to be so exciting. And for once, instead of building someone else’s business (which I do find exciting), I’m building this for me. For us. For my family. If it fails – I know I’ll have given it my all. And if it succeeds… I’ll feel so good knowing that we did this. That we tried. This is the year it all began.
Here’s to new beginnings. And the courage to take that first step.