Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Open Space Can Clear Your Thinking
I guess it is just my age, but things just move too fast. Life just runs off and leaves us, while we are still trying to figure out how to pay bills. For some, life slows down and the fruit of their younger days allows them to spread their wings in different ways. For others, they are still flapping their wings trying to keep from nose diving into a big mess of ________________. You can fill in your own blank.
While I was frantically flapping my wings, trying to avoid that mess, I was also wanting to soar away toward open space. Nothing refreshes or energizes me more than being outside and creative.
I kept telling myself that life is just toooooooooooooooo short to keep putting off soaring in more
After an impromptu visit to a Flea Market in Fort Worth, where my daughter put her social skills to work, and not just for selfies, we started to soar. I had cash and she had the texting skills to take what we bought at the Market and turn it into profit on the spot. This ignited an idea of how we could spread our wings in the open space of Texas.
Within hours we had filled up the gas tank, reserved a hotel, cleared out the seats out of the back of my car and headed to the Largest Texas Antique Week near Round Top, Texas. I was going to see the places that are now plastered across my television screen. My daughter, in her high energy way, knew we could make some money. I quietly bowed to her gifting and let her lead the way. If you don't let her lead she will just run over you......................so better to get out of her way!
We drove through miles and miles of nothing!! I mean nothing! There wasn't going to be a Starbucks in sight! We came up a small little hill to see what was the beginning of something we had never experienced. As far as your eyes could see there were white tents. These white tents would connect some of the smallest towns in Texas. Population in Round Top is less than 100, and yet, over the weeks in Sept - Oct, and again in April, 100k people will walk through these sleepy towns. Doors that only open for the shows will fling open for buyers.
My daughter's inspiration was for us to find old windows to re-sale and letters. She text through her phone announcing what we found, while people reserved their piece through a text. I was the money person, handing out cash or writing checks. She is the people person, grinning from ear to ear, talking Texas fast, and spinning deals, which allowed us to fill up the back of the car in no time.
We walked our legs off for two days, trying to figure it all out. Where do people find all this stuff? How do you really make money? Why are some prices as high as what you would pay at an A/C provided nice building, where you wouldn't sweat and they would load it into your car, because it was only feet from the door...................not miles away?
Each step was exciting, as the atmosphere pulled you into the open space and cleared your thinking. The mind now created and didn't think of deadlines, school lunch, practice schedules, dirty house or cooking. The Texas open space reminded you that there are still little towns in our state, that live a slower pace. Even with the crowds you experienced small town excitement.
We have to thank Sonja of Bits and Pieces, who used to have a booth at this famous Antique Week, for sharing through e-mail info to make our trip fantastic. She is a cheerleader, if there ever was one, and her love for life inspires me always.
We both came back home inspired and zealous for our businesses. My daughter's business, Mrs. Wilson's Restoration, saw she could make money from her home. My business, Simply Your Decor, needs to expand into items to sale, as well as, learning all the social media sites to expand my audience.
We also had our first mother and daughter road trip. Yes, it took 22 years for that to happen. What can I say? The trips before were for her sports, this time it was a girl trip.................very different thing. I think women who sweat together through fields of Antiques and Junk, might just make it through life!
I encourage you to find some OPEN SPACE to revive your thinking. May you be inspired. You can also come on to TEXAS and see our open skies, with miles and miles of Antiques.
Posted by Janettessage.blogspot.com at 9:42 AM