Today I wish Kevin Workman a very Happy Birthday, for he was my inspiration to take that first step into growing my business, to getting it out of my home and into my own location. Let me tell you, it was a hell of a step too.
Nervousness couldn't even begin to explain the feeling I had upon looking at rental space and signing a lease for a 300 square foot space. After I signed that lease, I really felt like I was going to throw up, it put things into some serious perspective. It was time to sink or swim and there was no way I was going to sink, at least I hoped not.
And so far, in the words of Dori from Finding Nemo - "Just keep swimming", I have.
It hasn't been easy, by any means, but it's been an adventure and on that road, I've met many wonderful and amazing people and I've expanded.
I've moved from a space that was just over 300 square feet to almost twice that. I've added inventory ranging from items I make myself, to hosting the work of other great craftsmen and artisans and thing just keep growing. I've gone from a handful of one days shows, to a large list of 2 & 3 day conventions all over the West Coast and not only has the business grown, but so have I.
It's been an amazing ride and I thank Kevin for his inspiration in getting me to take that first step. The only thing missing, is him see it in person.
I love & miss you Kevin, but I know that you're always with me in my heart and my memories, and that you would be proud to see where that first step that you inspired me to take has taken me.
Happy Birthday my dear friend and thank you for all your inspiration! I hope that some day I can inspire at least one person the way you have inspired many.