Too Legit to Quit

I’ve been catching myself using the word legitimate a lot lately. Like — “I feel so legit (as a business person)”. It’s as though I’m surprised this is actually working out — owning a business. You see I didn’t come into this with a business plan in a nice folder with solid numbers backing me up. I started with less than nothing at a time when my entire life was being turned upside down (another story for another time) but felt like I had no choice but to charge forward. I even remember daydreaming about how I would spend my days once my kids got older. I’d be surrounded by sample books in a dedicated office/workshop, talking on the phone to repeat customers about a super cool project and tossing around words like to-the-trade, wholesale, cost analysis, etc . . . Well, five years later that’s exactly how it’s working out !!

There have been some major steps forward in the last few months. I now have two assistants that I’m training to upholster and help me organize my books. Let me introduce you.

Anna used to be my kids’ babysitter and now she’s grown up with a family of her own (and another on the way — I say girl) and Tammy is the newest addition to the Summerland team. Tammy is someone that I’ve known about for several years but didn’t get the chance to really get to know her til this summer. I instantly clicked with her and am SO glad to be able to see her on a weekly basis. Anna and Tammy hit it off immediately too and are comfortably goofy around each other. That is a requirement for working around here — goofy factor.

And the other big news is that we now work out of a cool downtown loft workspace. It’s been nice to have a place to go every day that is heated and rodent-free. My garage was NOT cutting it. The plan for the workspace is to redecorate soon. I’m thinking of having a decorating party after the holidays as a time to get it done while doing something fun and productive with friends I don’t get to see as often as I’d like. So until then, here are some pics of the building:

So that’s the news around here. I had to talk myself down over the weekend after a minor panic attack when it dawned on me that I have to pay rent for my new space EVERY month! But it’s a good thing and it means my business is doing well enough to require a big step forward. Plus the nice thing about owning a business is that I get to choose the people I surround myself with. I’d say that’s legit in my book.


13 thoughts on “Too Legit to Quit

  1. Melissa Elsner says:

    Ooooh I LOVE Tammy!!! How fun for you Nia. You are so stinkin' talented and I know you are doing well because it's exactly how the Lord has designed you and called you to do. Woohoo! ENJOY your new space and the extra help.

  2. Mick says:

    Congrats. I used to live in the upstairs bedroom of the house attached to that warehouse and we'd jump from my window to the warehouse roof and hit golf balls towards the little creek nearby… A couple of friends actually lived in the warehouse for a while. Great space, huh?

  3. Michelle says:

    CONGRATS! ms. nia ~ I remember meeting you a year ago and this was a twinkle in your eye ~ now look at ya' all growed up….. C ya at an upcoming show 🙂

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