By: Staci Rutherford
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” ~ Neale Donald Walsch
I found this quote months ago and it made me stop and think about where I am in my life, and where I want to be. I have many goals that I want to accomplish, but often struggle with determining what to do first. My time management and procrastination issues often leave me wondering how I will get it all done. I follow a group of bloggers who are my source of motivation, because they are living a life doing what they love. I have already established my love of handbags, and nothing would make me happier than turning my passion into a profitable business and life-long career. Since my last post, I finally made the first move.
Before I share my exciting news, I must acknowledge two dynamic women who have come into my life believing in my vision, and challenging me to take the next step – Roshanda Pratt and Alicia Zeigler. After several conversations about my short term and long term plans, both Roshanda and Alicia have offered advice and resources that have given me the confidence to market what I have to offer beyond my handbag blog. Roshanda, a fellow Every Woman Blogger, is also a media consultant with R.E.P. Communications Network. She took the time to help me focus on developing my ideas into something tangible. While donating a handbag to a pre-Columbia Style Week event, I met Alicia, the founder of FFS Model & Talent Agency, Columbia Fashion Alliance, Columbia Style Week and the new editor of Wink Magazine, Columbia’s premiere fashion magazine. We immediately clicked, and she too gave great advice that has been instrumental in my stepping out of my comfort zone.
After a few days contemplating whether it was the right time, I decided to follow my heart and rent a studio space at the Tapp’s Art Center located downtown on Main Street. “Studio 26” is the new home the HandbagReport.com office and showroom! It will be an extension of my blog – a place to connect with others who love handbags. I plan on having monthly purse parties, designer trunk shows, themed events and more. I am excited to share this journey with you as my life is just beginning!