My Dream Life In 20 Years

Either I will move where land is cheaper or get a cheap starter home I can renovate. If I build from scratch it would be in the country. Maybe down the street from a farm where I have a horse. I’m so torn between country life and city life. Might be fun to flip houses. My father does that and rents them out.

My plan is to go back to work in retail when my kids are old enough to be home alone. Work hard and become store manager. I live across the street from a mall. Maybe save up and get a car. Right now I have too much debt to have a car but I can get by without it. Simple life. Write books and do art projects in my spare time. Might do a craft show or two. I sell SeneGence makeup and handmade cards on the side. Maybe they will get more serious one day. I mostly just sell the family and friends and it is just to keep me busy. I miss retail. I’m a workaholic. If I had the money, I would build a mall. Maybe I’ll store manage two stores.

Sometimes I feel like I have two many interests. I’m into too many things. I love learning. I love reading. I love creating. I don’t love sales. I love retail stores because people come in when they want and spend the money they want. You make it pretty and people buy it. That is how I sell. Just make it pretty. If I pursued sales I would do better but I prefer the retail approach. Maybe one year I’ll have so many cards I’ll rent a stand in the middle of the mall, Christmas time. Sell my cards, give the kids a job. Maybe the kids can make their own cards to sell. I can teach them about business.

One day I do want a home where I can host the holidays with the kids and future grandkids. One day I want to have a place to serve Turkey and use all the pretty Le Creuset I have. I have a dream of having a table set with a rainbow of Staub and Le Creuset dishes in the middle. White dishes or beautiful bone china. My nana Walker, Florence, had beautiful floral bone china we used at holidays. I really wanted it but I didn’t have a chance to go through her house when she passed. She had cute teacups and everything. Everything was stored in a hutch for safe keeping. One day I want to recreate the memories for my children. They never got to meet my grandparents who passed away.

Card Making Fantasy

I have this dream that I sell my handmade cards in a bar. I think it would be cute to be on thick wooden picture ledge shelves. Underneith my cards 2 packs of a bathbombs with stickers “babe relax” and bundles of chocolates “babe I’m sorry”. I did the bundles for Christmas this year. The baristas could wrap them up on their downtime during the day. Imagine the guys hanging out at the bar and their wife texts “bring me home a babe I’m sorry, you drunk skunk” Okay, maybe I’m making it overly cute. But they could make money off it. Chocolate cases direct from Cadbury, ribbon and cellophane from Michaels (50% off coupon), bath bombs from a local Etsy maker. Small businesses supporting small businesses.

It’s probably a pipe dream but still. Maybe one day.

If I Had A Mall

I would do a mall a little differently. Instead of taking in people who want to rent, I would reach out to my favourite brands first.

Tim Holtz, you need a space double what your product line is. You are a creator, more is coming. Big wood tables in the middle for people to test products. Teachers like Michael’s.

There is a bath bomb store in Burlington mall, I want that in every mall. It is perfect! I think Live Clean should be in beside it with their full line of products. Have nice wood tables in the middle with products marched like Le Creuset.

Nuvo same as Holtz. How much space do you need?

I’d include my little strip mall but instead of a skater park I’d have Little Monkey’s.

Or both?

Hot Topic, please sell cute penguin underwear like Le Vie En Rose, for Littles. Merch it on tables like Justice. You need to double the space of all your stores. Crowded.

Justice would be in the mall but please cut out the bath bombs, they are cute but not good enough.

JuJuBe needs a store but I think Tokidoki line should be exclusively in Hot Topic or The Children’s Place. Or Both? Disney line like Vans? For TCP?

I would include Hallmark but one day I want a stand to sell my handmade cards.

That’s all for now. Love you guys.