With another Mother's Day upon us, I took some time to reflect on my journey as a mother!
I was constantly wondering if I was doing right by these precious souls I chose to bring into the world. I knew in my heart I was doing the best I could, yet, in the solitude of the night, I questioned my choices...to make light of my insecurities as to decisions I made, I always teased..."don't worry, there is a fund for college or therapy whichever comes first" They say children do not come with instructions, yet if you watch and listen, you will hear and see that you must nurture their nature!
Now that my boys are almost finished college (with a little therapy along the way) I feel grateful that they turned out to be happy, confident young men about to embark on their own journey. I realized the toughest part of motherhood for me was not the raising and guiding of these beautiful human beings, it is the "letting go" part of parenting that we all must go through! I am choosing to let go with grace and trust that I have instilled the necessary tools for them to create their best lives!
A small business is quite similar to raising children...it needs to be nurtured, it brings joy as well as tears, it is a labor of love!
As many of you know I created Boutique W 8 years ago when my boys were young teenagers, the Newtown Square store was like my third child! I never imagined there would be more than one store, yet here I am, about to open store number 3!
With the same concerns as my midnight mother musings, I have embarked on a career journey having no idea how it would turn out...of course I had business plans, dreams and visions as to what I wanted it to be! Again, I knew I was doing the best I could! As with child rearing I have applied the same "nurture their nature" philosophy to the stores...each store has a unique personality with it's own wonderful team and customers that make the Boutique W experience special! What will Rehoboth's nature be? Please join us on the ROHO journey! What I do know is with the growth of the stores, my role is changing...to continue finding new and exciting lines and to keep creating the selection and service you have come to love, I now have to apply another lesson learned from parenting...it's time for me to "let go" and be the creative force the stores now need to continue flourishing! For me, not being on the floor all the time with our amazing customers is like asking me not to breathe! Of course I will be in Rehoboth for most of the summer to help establish our culture and philosophy!
I am choosing to let go with grace and trust that I have instilled the necessary tools for my amazing team to create the best lives for the stores!
To all of the women who came before me, who touch my life everyday and the one's I have yet to meet... you have all paved the way for me to be able to live my dream! I thank you...
Happy Mother's Day!