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An Idea Is Nothing Without Action

It has been three weeks since I officially closed the store front location of Dusty Road Boutique.

You can read all about that here.

So far it has been a very positive change. I am grateful for the support of everyone in this change and I am also grateful for the lessons I have learned as well.

The biggest lesson I have learned is that when you have an idea you need to take action on it. You must let go of the fears, let go of the excuses, and let go of the perfectionism. And just go for it.

An idea, no matter how great, is nothing until you take action.

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When you have an idea there is a lot of unknowns. But more often then not there is truly no wrong answer.

You just have to make the commitment and go all in. And when I say all in, I mean it. Blood, sweat and tears, you give 100% without any excuses or BS.

There will be bumps and bruises and failures along the way. Take them as learning and growing opportunities on the path to even bigger ideas and actions.

And that is my two cents for the day!

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We are all packed up and ready to hit the road bright and early tomorrow morning to the Ladybug Tradeshow in Swift Current.

We have a bit of a drive to get there so I need to get to bed and get my beauty rest.

Have an amazing weekend.

Cheers,

Kimberley

Prairie Therapy

Prairie Therapy.

Those who live or have lived on the wide open prairies know this is a real thing.

It’s not a secret. Just overlooked.

Today was one of those days. Putting out metaphorical fires left and right. One thing that I tell anyone who asks me advice about starting their own store……you must have thick skin and get real good at putting out all kinds of fires.

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Little fires pop up here and there. Your email quits working. Your website has a glitch. People you depend on won’t get back to you. You dated a cheque wrong to your supplier and now your account is overdue. A customer has a concern. An internet troll comes out of the woodwork.

Rinse. Wash. Repeat.

Just another day as a business owner!

It can be stressful at times but you start to actually enjoy taking on the challenges. If you don’t it will be a long road (or a short one if you really can’t hack it).

But sometimes it is just good to step away for awhile. Take a deep breath. Do something totally unrelated.

I had to pick up my hubby from the pasture today, he was moving the tractor down there to do some work. While I was waiting I took a few moments to be still. To reflect. To enjoy the warmth of the sun. And take in the beauty of the most amazing sight that spring has to offer us on the prairies.

Crocuses.

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It was only for a few moments but it was just enough to renew my spirits, change my perspective and reenergize so I could get back to dousing those fires.

Ahhh, prairie therapy.

You are the best!

I hope you have an amazing day and don’t have as many flames roaring as I did!

I had to remind myself of this a few times today, like I always say….. ”you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

Cheers,

Kimberley

Making Peace and Moving On

Well that was a crazy day.

Mostly in a good way. We are still very overwhelmed with “life” stuff but we are incredibly blessed with the opportunities that are presenting themselves.

“When one door closes another door opens” may sound super cliche but it’s legit! And it provides so much hope when things aren’t looking so good.

Some people won’t understand why you are making the decisions you are. Why you choose certain things over others. And thats okay. We have to make peace with that and move on.

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Speaking of that…..

I can’t stress enough how important it is to surround yourself with people who are positive and supportive influences on your life.

I am super blessed to have some great people that fit that bill in my life.

Like these girls sitting on each side of me…..

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We did another live video on Dusty Road’s Facebook page again tonight, episode #2 of Life and Style Live at Dusty Road! And I just have to say, these two girls (plus my sister who was away tonight) are giving up a big chunk of their Tuesday evenings to help me because they believe in me and my dream. And it’s not easy. We are doing something completely new and unique and we are trying to build up a viewership on a platform that we don’t necessarily have any control over. They are stepping way out of their comfort zones just to help me. That’s crazy, yet so so cool. I am forever grateful and I can only hope I am able to repay them in someway, somehow!

On another note, I know I have terrible posture but man on man, I need to smarten up!! No more slouching girl. Yikes.

In other news…..

My hubby and I went on a bit of an adventure today. Had a lunch date. He got a new hair cut (hopefully the new job will follow, haha). Went shopping for cargo trailers.

I’ve managed to convince him that a cargo trailer is a good idea as it’s pretty much the only way I am able to haul all of Dusty Road’s stuff to the trade shows.

I think I may have found one so stay tuned for that.

Also got to enjoy some of the sunshine and caught a few minutes of my sons baseball practice! I can’t believe only a few short weeks ago we had snow everywhere and it was miserable outside and now they are playing ball in the sunshine!

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I am looking forward to lots more of that sunshine!

I hope you have an amazing day and remember, “you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

Cheers,

Kimberley

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