I have big changes going on in my life, things I've been working on for months, thinking about for years. I am opening my own boutique! This is a little back story on how this came about....
Most of my 20's was spent getting myself together, I took a little longer than some to be honest. My focus was on getting married, having a baby, and putting myself through college. My lack of college education was a big road block for me so after I had Madison I pushed aside my fears and went for it. My graduation day was almost something I couldn't imagine for myself, heck I'm tearing up just thinking about it.
After graduation I wasn't sure what to do with my life, I majored in business, but it's such a wide field I felt a little directionless. I finally landed a job I liked in HR for a local company, but during this time I found out I couldn't get pregnant and whatever free time I had I obsessed about getting pregnant - for almost 2 years of my life. There were so many things I felt I couldn't do because SURELY I would get knocked up this month.....over and over again.
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God blessed us with the cutest bald baby and I spent the next 2 years being pregnant and then adjusting to working full time with two kids. It just wasn't the right time to take on more responsibility. Earlier this year I was invited to shop market in Vegas with PinkSlate Boutique and after spending a few days with Susan and Amber where I literally felt like I was in shopping heaven I was so inspired. Then I had dinner with Jill from Sugar Love Boutique who talked to me about working with her kids to open their first store front. These women all have families and still chase their dreams, why couldn't I do the same?
The number one thing holding me back was time, I feel like I already max out most of my days between the hours of 4:22am and 10pm. I brought it up to Oliver one day and to my surprise he was so on board, he committed to helping me before work each day and for the first time ever I had confidence that I could do this, with my families support.
My next obstacle was space and money! Oliver already takes up the extra bedroom for his office, he works from home full time and needs a door to shut when he's on a call, the only other option was to turn our dining room into an office/storage space. It's actually worked out really well, I am close to having it finished and I'll share the final product soon. Shopping for clothing is the fun part for sure, but we provided our own capital for this venture which is very scary, what if everyone hates what I pick out? I've almost had panic attacks thinking about it, but having faith in yourself is important and I'm trying to remember that!
Originally I was only going to start out with regular size clothing - Small to Large - but after giving it some thought I had to go ahead and add a curvy line. No matter what my size was, I've worn anything from a 24 to a 6, clothing had the power to make me feel beautiful and confident in myself. I love to shop for outfits and get dressed each day, even if it's just a cute tee and some jeans. The options for larger sizes can be limited so when I went to market for the first time last weekend I mainly shopped for my curvy girls, I'm so excited to show you what's coming!
I can't even tell you have HARD it was to pick a name, it took me over a month to decide!! Ollie Marie is derived from my entire family - Madison and I's middle name is Marie and Ollie is short for Oliver which is my husband name and Aiden's middle name.
One of the models is my sister Katie - whom I love for showing up to take pictures for me whenever I ask!
The others are my friends who always make me laugh and support me, I truly appreciate it more than they know!
Right now I am not quitting my full time job, I have long term goals, but for now I just have to see how everything runs and decide on the future from there. There have many many moments in my life where I've looked back and thought - damn I'm sure glad I took that leap of faith - I'm praying this is one of those moments.
To celebrate my Grand Opening of Ollie Marie Boutique I am offering 20% off every one's purchase through this Friday!
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I will be adding new inventory every week so be sure to check back with me and if you want something and don't see it just ask :) firstname.lastname@example.org
I really want to take a minute and thank each and every one of you who have supported me through my blog for the last several years, it's changed my life and I thank all of you who read my little corner of Internet.