Nest Interiors in Ponchatoula, LA. Actually, we opened on Leap Day, 2/29/08 (how appropriate), so if you're into technicalities - we're 1-1/2 years old.
We bought the building in 2007, with the eventual intention to take over the large retail space below - it was a hip hop clothing store. The ladies that had ran it for a couple years - were a hot mess. When we asked for a one year lease, they up and moved out within 30 days. Guess what? Now I get to become a retailer.
|our first advertisement in 2008|
|September 2, 2008|
|November 1, 2008|
|Me working on my birthday in a snowstorm - February 2010|
|2010 - about 2 months before my diagnosis|
2011 was just a blur. I was gone most of January thru April - between surgery and radiation. Then when I returned, I couldn't work full time; so, the shop had unusual hours and everyone in town seemed annoyed and confused. I was too - and I knew what was going on.
cross stitch pattern that in many ways saved our own castle. Again, when you are dead tired from radiation and you physically can't go anymore but your brain can - you work with what you have...that pattern has paid our bills, bought us inventory, and proved success is always within reach.
|late 2012 - when we briefly consigned with an insane fabric shop.|
In regards to all these years, and so many naysayes...C always points me to this quote from the late Steve Jobs - which sums it up perfectly:
You need a lot of passion for what you're doing because its so hard. Without passion, any rational person would give up.--Lisa LeBlanc
So if you're not having fun doing it, if you don't absolutely love it, you're going to give up.
And that's what happens to most people, actually.
If you look at the ones that ended up being successful in the eyes of society, often times its the ones who love what they do, so they could persevere when it got really tough.
And the ones that didn't love it, quit. Because they're sane, right?
Who would put up with this stuff if you don't love it?
So its a lot of hard work and its a lot of worrying constantly.
If you don't love it, you're going to fail.
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