200 Pounds of Clothes Hits The Floor….Literally

OMG.

WordPress is killing me man.

I just spent the last hour blogging. Hit publish. And nothing. My entire hour of writing. Gone. Vamoose. Disappeared.

Lesson learned. Save, backup, save again. And maybe highlight, copy and paste just in case.

UGH.

So here I go again……..

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Today started out a great day! The sun was shining. The snow was melting.

And I got to drive the “old beast” to work.

The “old beast”, aka “the fun ton”, aka our 2006 F350 dually has been through a lot with us. From bringing our son home from the hospital. To hauling the trailer thousands of miles. To being my main whip up until a few short years ago.

It’s now the “back up” truck but it’s still fun to take it for a cruise from time to time although it’s most certainly not as “smooth” as the new hunk I get to drive!

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Today was all about catching up…….actually that about describes how I feel about life right now. Just trying to catch up!

Packages all got shipped today. New clothes were measured. And I photographed a bunch of floor layouts for next week.

Shhhh….don’t tell anyone you seen this sneak peek. It will be hitting the website this coming Tuesday so stay tuned for that!

Speaking of hitting.

I experienced what 200 pounds of clothes looks like hitting the floor……

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Ooops. I’m just glad I got out of the way in time, haha.

Apparently putting ALL of the clothes on just one side of a two sided clothing rack is a bad idea.

I always have to learn things the hard way!

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The rest of the day was spent finalizing the trade show booth. Once I had everything just how I wanted it I started tearing it all down and packing it away.

Did I mention how much I LOVE trade shows <<insert sarcasm>>

In all seriousness, I am really looking forward to my trade show debut this weekend! If you are in the Assiniboia area this Friday 4-8 or Saturday 10-4 stop by the Business Expo and say hi!

That’s a wrap on Day 3. I now have to force myself to go to bed so I can get up early and get ready for the big day!

I hope you have an amazing day and don’t forget….”you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

Cheers,

Kimberley

 

Why I Really Closed The Store Front

This is hard to share but important to set the scene of where I currently am on my journey…….

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My husband was let go from his job.

Okay, that is not the only reason I came to the decision to close the Dusty Road Boutique store front location.

But let me tell you, when your husband suddenly and unexpectedly loses his job of 9 years. A job he loved and was very passionate about.  You end up doing a lot of soul searching.

4 years ago when I jumped head first into the retail business with literally no experience just a dream and a positive attitude I had no clue where it would take me. I knew I wanted to build an online store, when you live in a small very rural community your customer base for a retail store, especially a more niche store like mine, is pretty darn small. Opening up the online store to the entire country meant opening it up to millions of potential customers.

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So I did it.

Again, with no experience whatsoever I learnt as I went (and I am still learning and will never stop learning).

I also haven’t paid myself a dime. Every single penny from the last four years has gone directly back to growing the business into my dream. And I am 100% okay with that. I planned for that.

I was also blessed to be able to do that because my husbands career luckily was able to support us. We also have a small farm we juggle between our jobs which provided a little extra income.

Last June the online store really started growing and picking up some steam and it quickly started out performing my store front location. I was starting to achieve some of the goals and I was starting to make new, more lofty goals.

I was also, in the back of my mind, thinking I could use my resources a little more wisely if I didn’t have my store front location.

On paper it was the smart thing to do. But in my heart I wasn’t sure what to do.

I didn’t want to take another business away from my little small town. I love small prairie towns and frankly there isn’t a lot to them anymore but every once in a while you can find small hidden gems in them and I was hoping Dusty Road was one of them.

I also was worried about what people would think. I was afraid they would judge me. That they wouldn’t understand, they would only see the surface and would think I was a failure.

When you start a business, especially an online business you must have a thick skin. And I do. But when it is your peers “judging” you it digs into that thick skin a little more than usual.

I kept trucking on but the internal battle in my head raged, should I keep the store open or should I just go online?

And then my husband got the news and our lives were completely flipped upside down. It’s a feeling I know some can relate to, and if you can’t I hope you don’t ever have to!

It sucks. But we are taking it as an opportunity to really figure out what we want in life. We have hashed out all of our options, talked about all of our goals, and considered all of our priorities.

A lot of soul searching has been happening. And I think we’ve learned a little more about ourselves from the process.

My husband really wants to stay on his career path and I commend him for that. In order to do that we may have to relocate.

<deep breath>

Thats big. Thats kind of scary. Thats kind of exciting too.

And it also gave me a new outlook on the future of Dusty Road. The battle in my mind became a little more clear. The potential to have to relocate made me think I needed to make my business more mobile. That’s the beauty of an online store.

It still wasn’t easy but once I make up my mind I don’t look back.

I decided what was best for myself and my family and smartest for the business was to close the store front and focus on the online store.

The vision and goal of Dusty Road has not changed. I have already had so many people reach out to me with trade show, pop up, and collaboration opportunities.

Letting go of the store front has been somewhat of a freeing experience. When one door closes another door opens…..sometimes several doors!

As I write this I have no clue where this adventure is going to take us. Literally and figuratively. It’s stressful and scary but I am making peace with the unknown.

One thing is for sure, I will always be moving forward. Always learning and growing and improving.

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I take pride in always trying to find a positive in every situation. That everything “bad” is an opportunity for good. I like to make lemonade out of lemons!

And I am super excited for the future of Dusty Road!!

Cheers,

Kimberley

 

 

What A Difference A Year Can Make

Welcome to Day 1 of my daily blog.

I’ve been wanting so badly to document my journey with a vlog on Youtube but after trying to squeeze video editing into my already jam packed schedule it just wasn’t feasible. I do want to spend at least some time with my family, lol.

I do love to write though so a daily blog is a nice compromise. I have a tendency to start things and never follow through, so I have made a promise to myself to commit to 90 consecutive days and go from there.

I am excited to share my experiences and my goal behind this daily blog is to inspire others to take the leap and go after your goals and dreams. I plan on sharing the good, the bad, and the ugly……and there is a lot of all three.

Today feels like a new beginning for me.

Friday was the last day for the Dusty Road Boutique store front location and it felt a tiny bit weird not having to wake up, get myself ready, and drive into town to open the door at 10am.

Everything is still being stored at the store right now so I did have to go in and ship packages today and I will be doing a lot of the day to day operations there until we get things moved to the new warehouse space, aka my basement!

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The forecast said it was supposed to snow overnight so we were surprised when we woke up to no fresh snow.

That didn’t last long though. It started falling fast and furious around 9am and the country was quickly covered in yet another white blanket of snow!

It’s easy to forget what month we are in.

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When I got to the store this morning a box  was waiting for me from Bath & Body Works! Eeeek, I love online shopping too!

I patiently waited until I got home and then I ripped that sucker open, haha….

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Gah, I just love their boxes! Dusty Road #goals!!

I am obsessed with Bath & Body Works. Their 3-wick candles are ah-ma-zing. My skin depends on their Sand & Sea Salt Scrub . And my home needs the Stress Relief wall flowers plugged in at all times.

In the winter I love to burn some of the “heavier” scents but with the season (hopefully) changing I wanted to get some lighter, fruitier, and floral scents. I can’t wait to try them out.

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So far just from giving them the “sniff test” my favourite is Mango Mai Tai but once they are burning that could change!

I am also a huge fan of their foaming hand soap. We were still using Christmas smells so I swapped them out for these!

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Can you tell I love the beach?

Another must have candle (in my opinion) is Happiness from their Aromatherapy line.

It’s just so good!

And yup, that’s my hubby washing dishes in the background, lol. That makes me pretty happy too!!

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Tuesday’s at Dusty Road mean new arrivals are launched.

Along with that I plan out a rough social media schedule and design and send out an email to my list featuring all of the new arrivals.

I also spent a good portion of the day planning out our very first “Life & Style” live show that we debuted on Facebook live!

Myself, along with with three amazing friends (and now DRB team members) collaborated  for a panel style talk show and oh my gosh it was so much fun!

These are just a couple of screen shots from the video so excuse the poor quality!

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A year ago it took me an hour to muster up enough courage to press the LIVE button and do my very first video so it is pretty cool to be able to do this show and sit in front of the camera for an hour talking and not have a panic attack! I would of never dreamt of doing this a year ago!

Our next show will be live Tuesday at 8pm CST.

Tomorrow also marks one year from when I started launching weekly new arrivals at Dusty Road Boutique. It was honestly a last stitch effort to “save” my business. I was floundering, my confidence was plummeting and I was definitely considering throwing in the towel.

That last stitch effort combined with a lot of stubbornness, hard work and consistency led to a huge year of growth and learning!

Consistency is key…..that is not just a saying. Take it seriously if you want to reach your goals!

I’ve got a jam packed week planned including a “pop up” shop in Assiniboia at the Business Expo trade show. It’s exciting and nerve wracking all at the same time.

I hope you enjoyed Day 1 with me and remember…..”you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” ~ A.A Milne

Cheers,

Kimberley

Friday Favourites

Wowwee, it’s been quite the week and boy are we excited that it is Friday! Things have been hopping at Dusty Road and I am so forever grateful for the support of each and everyone of you! I love, love, love what I do and I most certainly couldn’t do it without all of you fabulous DRB customers!

We are headed into Victoria Day weekend which hopefully means you get to spend lots of time with the special people in your life! If you happen to be headed out camping be sure to check out the yummy recipe down below…..everything tastes better cooked over a camp fire!

Here are a few of my favourite things from this week…..

Favourite Quote Sometimes life throws you curve balls when you least expect it and I firmly believe they come for a reason, even if we never fully understand why. It is those curve balls that you learn the most about yourself and what surrounds you. This quote describes it perfectly and came to me at the perfect time!

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Favorite Spring Nails I must confess that I do not currently get my nails done…..not that I don’t want to! When I am not working at DRB I am at home working on my farm in the manure and dirt and I feel like it would be a waste! Tell me what you think in the comments…..would these nails survive my farm life or should I not bother? I really think these ones are so cute and perfect for spring! Found on professionalnailss Instagram account.

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Favourite Camping Recipe We are headed out camping this weekend and I think this recipe is a must try! Campfire Whiskey BBQ Chicken from Cooking with Janica

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Have an amazing long weekend! Enjoy yourself and be safe!!

Cheers,

Kimberley

Friday Favourites

Wow the weekend is already here! It is a special one since it’s Mother’s Day on Sunday….and I get to spend it with my family doing something we all love doing together, exhibiting at a cattle show! I personally can’t think of anything better, except maybe today’s Friday Favourites!

Favourite Mother’s Day DIY Gift this looks like such a fun project from Craft Cuts for those who love to create!

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Favourite Recipe My Nana got me hooked on bean salads and I haven’t looked back. I am planning on trying this recipe from Mom On Time Out very soon!

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Favourite Saying I’m not sure the where I found this pretty print as I have had it on my computer for awhile but I just had to share! may12 home is where mom is.png

I hope you have enjoyed my little round up of things I love and that you have a wonderful weekend and enjoy Mother’s Day, whether you are a Mom, an Honorary Mom, or you are celebrating your Mom!!

Cheers,

Kimberley