By: Staci Rutherford
“Believe with all of your heart that you will do what you were made to do.” – Orison Swett Marden
I am beginning part two with a meaningful quote that sums up how I have been feeling since before stepping out of my comfort zone. I spent the month of February on an emotional roller coaster. At times, I was overwhelmed with stress and anxiety, however, my excitement and happiness outweighed those feelings and I came out on top.
The HandbagReport.com showroom officially opened its doors to the public on Thursday, March 1, 2012, which was also First Thursday at Tapp’s Art Center. First Thursday is a big event that takes place every month at Tapp’s, where the work of different artists, photographers, and sculptors are featured. It’s a fun, laid back atmosphere that is perfect for networking and connecting with kindred spirits. I met some fantastic people and received positive feedback on the space that I worked so hard to make just right.
As I explained throughout the evening, the HandbagReport.com showroom is extension of the blog. It’s a place to personally connect with my readers and customers, and to bring the blog from virtuality to reality. I chose accessories from a local designer to feature in the showroom, Nana by Sally. The collection is one-of-a-kind handmade clutches and handbags made from vintage, vintage-inspired and designer fabrics. I also interviewed the designer of Nana by Sally, Sally Peek, which is currently posted on the blog.
The next few weeks will be spent continuing to decorate the space, and preparing for the official grand opening. I look forward to sharing the showroom with my friends, family, and all of the women in town who love handbags. I believe with all of my heart that I am doing what I am meant to do, which is an exciting and scary adventure!