Thursday, September 01, 2016
As we talked and caught up on current events, he had mentioned that he was planning on opening another restaurant. He had already opened a successful chain of popular restaurants and it boggled my mind that they were starting another massive undertaking. I asked them how it was going, and he said... "Oh, really good! It's kind of like getting your arms and legs broken." I looked at him puzzled, and he clarified, "Sometimes when little people with dwarfism elect to lengthen their limbs, they undergo a surgery where their bones are broken. The doctors put braces around the breaks and they take all kinds of drugs to help the bones grow and fill in the empty spaces. It's really painful and it's really dangerous. There's all kinds of things that could go wrong. They could get infections or blood clots, but when it's done, it's what the little person always wanted. So the new restaurant is kind of like that. I was getting a little stagnant and wanted to challenge myself and open the restaurant I always dreamed of opening."
It has been awhile since I have seen them and when I think of them, I miss them dearly. While there were many memorable things about that evening, that conversation sticks out in my mind. I think of it often, because I understand it now. I understand the pain that goes along with growing, and growing suddenly and rapidly.
In my last BeadFest post, I briefly mentioned that we had a lot of great conversations over the weekend and that some interesting prospects arose. The thing is... we're stretched pretty thin. Now, don't get me wrong... the store is doing better than ever. BUT... we have so many things that we want to do and so many things that we've already invested in that if we want to do any of the things we talked about... we'd need some kind of special intervention.
Back in February, I started a personal challenge for myself called the Creative heART Challenge. Basically, it was a way for us to fundraise to acquire new merchandise for the store at a lean time of year. It was also a way for me to reconnect with my Muses and start making work again on a regular basis. While there were many frustrations along the way, I think back on it as a success. The original plan didn't quite work out, but there was also a lot that did.
I've busted out my sketchbook and have a lot of great ideas on new things to make! I'm super excited and hope that you'll find some things that you'll love for a long time.