Monday, June 11, 2012

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{part two}

Change Change Change

You might have been wondering where I have been lately. So much of my focus has been on the store the last few months, and really it should be-it is my job now.
The last eight months have such a learning experience for me. To find out where I started, go back here.

I have to say, I hadn't gone back and reread this post until just now-wow has my life changed and WOW my journey has totally been guided by a higher power {and I did a little hard work too}.  The last six months in the store was an experiment. Would I open the store on my own and stay there on my own? If I did it on my own what would the store look like after my six month trial? I decided to listen to my heart and invite other women to join me on this journey. It happened organically and the store grew.

At first it was hard to give up control of my little store and have new and different vendors join me. But I knew in my heart it was the right thing to do. The next few months were an adjustment. We really enjoy each other's company, are inspired by each other, and have become true partners.

Somewhere in all of it I lost a bit of control in The Modern Cottage Company and focused so much of my energy on the store as a whole {all seven vendors}. We grew so fast that I lost focus on my company. 
So I did a lot of praying again and again things changed organically.

As a group we decided to move out of the building we are in, for a lot of reasons, but I won't go into them now.  We are only moving a block down but we will be in the middle of the action, and we are super excited about it.
The new store is truly going to become a co-op. I am not the sole owner of the store but one of a group. There will be a name change of the store {to be announced this week} but The Modern Cottage Company will stay the same. I will be one of a group of several woman owned brands, selling in a fabulous store downtown Tacoma. 
Taking my name off the store gives us the power to form another company with merchandising opportunities that I just didn't want to take on my own as the sole owner and manager of a store. I am downsizing my space in the store but it is a good thing. I can focus more on my family, my blog, doing more shows, and maybe even shipping across the country!


Change is good.