It's so hard to put yourself out there, but this I week I did it! I have been wanting to rent a booth for quite awhile and I've been searching for the perfect location. Well, I found a spot! I'm now the proud owner of a little slice of Famous Joe's Vendor Emporium (from here on out, known as FJVE). But here's the thing. It's not exactly perfect. It's not what I've been dreaming of and hoping for, what I have pictured in my mind.
So this was the dilemma for me. I tend to wayyyyyy overthink things, or am too impulsive, and act before I think things through! I know those are opposite ends of the spectrum but they are me, nonetheless. As I browsed through the FJVE, I was giddy with the possibility of having my own space, but it felt a little more like an upscale yard sale, or flea market, than I was hoping for. The available booth space is all the way in the back, and fairly devoid of vendors at this point. It's off the beaten path and could be overlooked. But on the flip side, what if I create a beautiful little space that shines and gets my foot in the door, so to speak? So I mulled and walked around and around, and decided to go for it!
Even as I was setting up my signs, a voice kept whispering, "what are you doing?", "these aren't your people", "this isn't your target audience", they'll never see you back here", you won't sell anything"... Have you ever had self doubt? It's LOUD, and pesky, and soul sucking. But I want this! So I keep yelling (in my mind) over the doubt, "I have to start somewhere!", "I can do this", "why not me?"....
I'm writing this here to encourage any of you that have dreams but hear that loud whisper in your head (no, it's not an oxymoron!) that makes you doubt and question if you're really up to the task. Feel the fear and do it anyway! I would rather fail than wonder if I should have gone for it. So here goes! I have so many amazingly LOYAL customers, and it thrills me. If you're one of them, I would love to have you visit my little booth in the way back, left, of the FJVE! I'll keep it stocked with all the most recent of my creations!
And I would love to hear some feedback from you! Any words of wisdom for me in this new adventure? Any must do's or absolute don'ts? What would you love to see from me in this next year?
Thank you for all the love and support in this journey! Here's to putting ourselves out there!