A year ago, on my 30th birthday, I told my husband that I didn’t want a large celebration. I didn’t want to go anywhere, and I didn’t want an extravagant gift. I wanted him to help me find a warehouse for a new business I had in mind. I wanted to open a vintage rental and event styling company. Like many people I told this to, he didn’t really grasp the entirety of the concept. “A what?” “Why?”
So, we spent the afternoon driving around the Grand Valley. We made calls, searched online, and went door to door talking to people about potential available spaces. It was scary. I didn’t really know what I was doing, but I told myself I would learn along the way. If you know me, you know I don’t like to put myself “out there.” I don’t like the spotlight. Even the vulnerability required to open up in this blog post, gives me pangs of anxiety. But putting myself “out there” this past year has provided me with some of the most valuable lessons, life changing experiences and amazing people, that have allowed me to grow in ways I never imagined.
I didn’t know a lot of things at that time. I still don’t. What I DID and DO know, is that I have a passion for antiques, vintage, and creating beautiful spaces. And that is enough.
Do what you love. Yes, it will be scary. Yes, you may fail…but what if you don’t? What if you fly?
Ok, yes. I can’t take credit for that line. It’s from one of my favorite quotes. However, the mantra that we HAVE developed at Stonewood Vintage and we often use in our blog entries and when talking to clients is, “What story do you want to tell?” We believe details tell a story.
A forever favorite. My great-grandmother’s cameo ring, letters written between my grandparents, and an all time favorite book. Photo by Cat Mayer Studio.
Well, tell your story. Surround yourself with the “details”- the people and things that will support you on your endeavor to tell your story, and to do what you truly love. Life is too short to do anything else.
Spring in the Colorado meadows. Photo by Cat Mayer Studio. Florals by 3 Leaf Floral. Photo by Cat Mayer Studio. Florals by 3 Leaf Floral.
As we reflect on one year, we are overwhelmed with gratitude, and we look forward to all of the amazingness that the next year will bring.
Our first blog entry and photos representing Stonewood, here.