Hey, darlings! Welcome to my first blog post!
If you have followed me before the launch of the business, you may know I write blogs on Breakfast at Andrea's. I want to incorporate those same ideas and themes within these blog posts as well. If y'all ever have fun blog ideas, please let me know. I love being inspired!
It has officially been 12 days since the site went live. Those 12 days have flown by and my life has honestly been a little crazy. There have been so many aspects of the business that I was naively unaware of. Thankfully, I have my dad by my side to help me along the journey. If any of you are wanting to go all-in and start your own business, I say GO FOR IT. But, look at every single angle possible. It's not all rainbows and sunshine. Opportunities and sales are not gonna just magically fall in your lap. When starting a boutique specifically, marketing is gonna be your bae.. yes I just used that word (hehe). I would love to write a post all about marketing, so let me know if that's something you like! Before I get ahead of myself.. let's start from the very beginning.
So a couple of months ago, I started applying to every job in my area that related to my college degree. Funny enough, most of them couldn't care less about my degree but wanted a billion years of experience to even be considered. No one really talks about that, but it is the reality of 99% of positions nowadays. Anyways, so I was getting rejection after rejection and felt like it was impossible for me to find a position. I ended up snagging a part-time sales associate position at a boutique. The owners were super sweet and provided me with many opportunities to dabble in marketing and blogging. I was able to learn marketing strategies, email marketing, social media analytics and more! During this process, it ignited this passion within me that I didn't know I had. I learned that I loved the behind-the-scenes aspects of running a business.
When the summer ended, this other magical position opened up at a successful boutique. I thought, "this is it, a perfect position that God has placed in front of me. The job I've been waiting all summer for." I applied and got an interview and another interview a few weeks later. When I say this position was perfect.. I truly mean it! I would be able to finally move out of my parent's house, live close to my best friend, and make a steady income doing what I love. God wouldn't tease me with such a perfect opportunity, right? Well..... I got a call from them a few weeks after my second interview and they decided to get rid of the position completely. To say I was crushed is an understatement. I remember sitting in the living room crying in front of my parents and feeling like a complete loser and failure. So before we move on to the next phase let me tell you about high school me.
When I was a senior in high school I was planning on majoring in musical theatre because I loved it and did it all throughout high school. However, my dream of life is to be a mom and care for my home and be close to my family. Musical theatre and being with my family doesn't really go hand-in-hand since it involves a lot of traveling and living in a city (typically). Anyways, so I decided to major in fashion merchandising with a minor in marketing because it was my next favorite thing and was a lot more stable of a career compared to musical theatre. I remember sitting on my bed and asking myself, "what is my end goal with this major?" And I knew right away that I wanted to own and run my own boutique.
Fast forward to that day of me balling in my living room.. I said to my parents that "I just wanted to start my own boutique. That way I could have a job and do what I've always dreamed of." To my complete surprise, my dad said, "okay, then do it." He told me to quit my summer job (which forced me to focus completely on the boutique) and use the money that I saved up this summer. That very day, my dad and I went on his computer and legally registered my business. From there, everything fell in place.
At first, I didn't understand why God would put such an amazing position in front of me and then take it away from me. But I know now that I had to apply to that position, to know how much I truly wanted to work in that field. Plus, I'm a complete wimp when it comes to "following dreams." There's a lot of dreams I want to pursue in my life but there's this funny thing called fear that stops me every time. God had to push me to follow my dreams and I couldn't thank Him more. Sometimes we get confused and angry when God closes doors but we don't see the entire picture, just a tiny piece. And 100% of the time it's because He wants something way better for you.
I want to thank everyone for all of the kind words and for those who have bought items. This whole business thing is very scary and I'm learning every single day what it's like to fail and learn from my mistakes. I have absolutely loved it so far and can't wait for what the future holds. I love you guys and I'll see you next week!
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.