February 04, 2011

When I Grow Up

Remember that question we were asked incessantly as kids? What do you want to be when you grow up?

2nd grade I recall saying that I wanted to be a singer. Weird. That almost happened.

Seriously. How gorgeous is that dress!!!
I was with my friend a few weeks ago at a small, local bridal shop and we were having an absolute blast picking out dresses for her to try on. This shop was AWEsome. The gal who we were working with was blunt, honest and had a great eye for picking out the things my friend was really interested in. Also awesome was the fact that the store's owner was there hanging out with us. While I was waiting for my friend to emerge in yet another beautiful gown, the owner and I got into a discussion about her shop. I told her that I LOVED it, and how ever since my own wedding, I had always kind of dreamed of having my own wedding shop. She said she was hoping to retire in a few years and to keep in touch. My first reaction was that of a raised eyebrow and a thought of maaaaaaaaybe swimming around in my head. Then reality settled in. Yeah. I don't have the money to buy the business from her, not now, and likely not ever.

My friend thinks I'm a little nuts. Deal with crazy, picky bridezillas all day long and their potentially crazy, picky friends and family? Funny thing is... I never saw the bridezilla come out in any dress shopping experience with myself, my friends or family. It was somewhat magical. Think about it. Most girls have some kind of dream in their head as to what kind of dress they are going to wear on their wedding day. It is the one day where they are front, center and likely to be the most beautiful they are ever going to feel in their life. How could I not want to be a part of that magic?

So why don't I just suck it up and do it? Well, quite frankly, it takes money to open a small business. Not to say we don't have money, but we have chosen a different life path and are saving it for retirement. We are also saving for our son's future as well. Let's face it, once we had a child, life wasn't just about us anymore.

It's not that I don't like what I do in my chosen career path. I have worked for a decade to hone my marketing craft and am proud at what I've accomplished over the years not to mention the amazing people that I have encountered and have had the privilege to work with. I think everyone at one point or another wishes they could be their own boss. In charge of their own destiny. Heck. Sometimes, I'd just like to dump it all and just be a Mom.

Chances are, the stars in my eyes over owning my own shop probably has more to do with the fact that I have been inundated by wedding stuff for at least the past year. After all the weddings are done in 2011 I'll probably go back to wanting to open a store with just little boys' clothing... Moms of boys... you know why but that is a topic for another day *wink* *wink*.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

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