It has been 6 months since we moved back from England. When we moved to England I jumped into my life there as quickly as possible. I taught Sunday school and joined the board of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) at the kids’ school. I knew that we were only there for a short time and I needed to make the most of our opportunity. I am so thankful for how involved I became, all of the experiences I had and the friends I made.
When we moved back to Texas I knew it was a different kind of move. We are not planning on moving again any time soon. We are looking at putting down roots here in this area of Houston. We have had roots started in this area for almost 10 years now, we first moved to Texas when Addie was 2 and Ben was just 3 weeks old. We have lived here off and on through the last decade, through some of the busiest times for our young family and with varying levels of enthusiasm. This time as we came back to Texas I knew we were meant to be here and meant to be here for a while and that made me look at all of the opportunities to get involved and serve very differently.
Emily P. Freeman shared a quote on The Next Right Thing Podcast last week.
“You are in this time of the interim where everything seems withheld. The path you took to get here has washed out; the way forward is still concealed from you. You cannot lay claim to anything; In this place of dusk, your eyes are blurred; And there is no mirror.” — John O’Donohue, To Bless the Space Between Us
Just a few months ago I would have been able to claim this quote in a very personal way. Moving back from England and closing a door on our expat life made me question what I wanted to do next. I walked through our first 6 months back in Texas putting one foot in front of the other. I worked hard to get everyone settled in their new routines. With a husband working and starting graduate school and 4 children I had my hands full.
I set up at Marburger in the fall. I had a good show, but not a great show and I wasn’t sure what I was supposed to be doing. Having a home based side hustle is dangerous because you can take things really slow if you need to or want to. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to be an antique dealer or vintage vendor anymore. I have had to wrestle with the idea of what to do with my business, to see how much time I actually have to commit to my customers. I love interacting with my customers and I love talking about old things.
One thing I knew, was that I wanted to write more. I have always had a blog, but finding the inspiration and discipline to make posts happen has been where I always struggle. Then I saw that Hope*Writers was open again. Hope*Writers is a place for writers, or people that want to call themselves writers, can go for education, support and a good kick in the pants. I joined Hope*Writers and I started learning. I started writing. I have written more in the last months since joining H*W than I have since college. I have a lot of stories about my treasures and treasure hunting that I never knew. It turns out I can write as much as I talk about my treasures.
I started looking for more opportunities to make new friends and write more. I submitted to an open call to be a contributor for Houston Mom’s Blog. I was thrilled and slightly terrified to be selected as one of their 2019 contributors. This is a fantastic opportunity to write with a deadline and get to know a beautiful group of ladies. My first post will be going live some time this month. There are so many fantastic writers and a ton of information for Mommas in the Houston area.
Getting Ready for 2019
I am so excited to see where Brocante Treasures goes in the coming year. Right now I am working on my next 6 months. My Etsy shop is open and I am working on adding items every week. You can see what I have available now here. If there is anything you would like to see please feel free to reach out.
Antique Week is coming soon to Round Top, Texas. Antique Week (it’s actually 3 weeks) is one of my absolute favorite times. I work harder during this time than any other, but I love it all. I get to share my treasures, meet customers and visit with old friends. If you are coming please stop by and say hi! You will be able to find me in Tent A at Marburger Farm in Round Top, Tx from April 2-6.
You will also find me in Dallas April 26-27 at the Flea Style show. I got to visit the Flea Style store in Dallas over Christmas and it was just as amazing as I thought it would be. Brittany Cobb has created such an inspiring brand, the podcast is a must listen.
Happy Monday Everyone!