I have always struggled with my career in merchandising. Simplified what do I do for a living? I buy and sell stuff. I don't save lives as a nurse or doctor, fight for justice as a lawyer, teach children the fundamentals of learning, or save animals as a vet. I have always loved all the parts of my career except the part about self fulfillment; understanding my purpose on earth. But in this honeymoon phase of our brick and mortar store it came to me that I'm more than just a shopkeeper; I'm a counselor of people. While my job is selling stuff I don't just do that. I talk to grandmas, moms, dads, grandpas, aunts, uncles, kids of all ages. But I don't just talk about the unimportant things but the bigger than life things. In connecting with my customers I have started to build relationships, share stories of heartache and joy, share learnings and ask questions.
Owning my business means I don't have much to hide. I'm a mom, wife, daughter, friend. My kids are often peeking around the corner or out in the open for anyone to see. People see how I parent, how I nurture, how I teach and in turn I see that from others. This sense of community is like none other. It's not a mass market, warehouse, impersonal thing. It's the old fashion mom and pop shop. The one you want to drop in to say hi. The one you bring your kids by because oftentimes they too enjoy it.
So I say dig deep, evaluate your purpose, and you too may find understanding where you least expected it.
I'm so excited to be expecting but man oh man subsequent pregnancies are just different! Showing sooner, gaining weight quicker, and overall tiredness because you are busy chasing around your other kids!
Good thing I have a great stash of maternity clothes, if one can even call maternity clothes great, haha. I think I pulled mine out around 14 weeks because why fool anyone? I didn't want to live in yoga pants and just wanted to be comfortable when my regular clothes starting getting a little snug. I also pulled out my body pillow earlier than I can remember because again, why not?
Since we have 1 of each gender I've been in no rush to buy baby clothes or decorate a nursery although it is in the back of my mind I can't wait forever. Those bins where I stashed Little Hipster's baby clothes will need to come out. The crib we packed up after Hipster's Sister demanded a "Big Girl Bed" at 2 years old will need to be pulled back out along with the bouncer, bassinet, and infant car seat! I will say I will be buying some new baby toys, burp cloths, baby carrier (like a Tula), a Milk Snob nursing cover and a take me home outfit. I might even personalize a lovie or blanket for him (oh yes its another boy if you didn't catch that earlier)! And the take me home outfit I have in mind is of course one we will be carrying soon. It will have been almost 6 years when this guy is born to when I accrued all the baby boy stuff I have and lets just say I have learned what will be used and what won't! I know what styles I like and which ones I don't!
I failed to mention I think Braxton Hicks start earlier too when it's #3...but I also know for me a full bladder irritates my uterus and causes it to happen along with the times I'm dehydrated so really there is no winning because I've either got to pee or I need to drink more water! The joys! And mom brain/pregnancy brain which probably never fully went away is for sure back.
Aside from my growing belly, exhaustion, soreness, and mom brain I can negate that with the joys of feeling my baby move around inside of me, the times my son comes up to talk to baby brother/aka my belly, bigger boobs (hey I'm human!), and the conversations that start with other pregnant moms who come into the store! Babies are a blessing and no matter what I might complain about I'm grateful for the gift of pregnancy, even the third time around!
What a journey we have been on. Opening a brick and mortar store has always been on my radar, a lifelong dream of owning my own boutique. I grew up doing reports on other small business owners, went to college learning and working on business plans, business competitions, and just kept dreaming. I carved my path of learning in the corporate world and when I was ready to cut the cord I started HipsterBaby.com.
I am so grateful for the amazing people I've met along the way, not always expecting the kindness and willingness to help that I have so often received. So many people who gave me a chance helped me get to this point. While I loved having an online only store I felt I was limiting my potential and greatly missed interacting with customers.
If you are ever in the Dallas area you need to come stop by! We are in a very unique shopping center in Richardson,Texas full of amazing restaurants & shops (Frankie's Mexican Food, Shady's Burgers, Marcus Cafe, Pearl Cup Coffee, Sweet Firefly Ice Cream, Slate Event Space, Sway Dance Studio, Beyond the Door women's apparel, home decor, and gifts, as well as Kumon tutoring, The Playdate & Co children's indoor play space, and so much more!). It honestly couldn't look & feel any more quaint!
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I know you saw me when I reprimanded my child for jumping off the couch at home.
I know you saw me when I disciplined my child for dumping his toys on the ground and didn't clean them up.
I know you saw me when I yelled at my child for crossing the street and not looking both ways.
I know you saw me when I taught my child lying is not acceptable.
I know you saw me when I revoked television privileges for disobeying.
I know you saw me when I reminded my child to sit still and listen during church.
I know you saw me when I iced my child's bumps and bruises.
I know you saw me when I rocked my child to sleep when they were sick.
I know you saw me when I cried worried my child would never be listen.
I know you saw me when I nursed him in public and was asked when I was going to stop.
I know you saw me when I prayed I would one day be a mom.
Kids are kids.
Life is full of noise.
If you don't have something nice to say don't say anything at all.
Stop being a bully.
Do unto others as they would do unto you.
Help instead of hurt.
Love instead of hate.
Our Spring 2016 Assortment is coming in and we are so excited to share so many awesome styles. From favorites at Prefresh like Hello Ladies and Yeah America tank tops to Rowdy Sprout's Jimmy Hendrix or George Strait varsity tees.
Check back often as we launch Hipster's Sister/ aka FUNKY Girl's Clothes! Yes there is more than just seeing ruffles when it comes to girls clothes. Our focus is style and comfort so if our kids can't play and be kids in these clothes then we don't buy them!
We all go through seasons in life and boy have I been in "that" season. Moving into a new home, remodeling, and having our second child has put me in the "mom of 2, has a newborn" season. And the choices we make don't always coincide with being convenient for everyone- as our daughter decided to enter the world 2 weeks before her official due date which isn't eye opening but when mom is selling at Chi Omega Christmas Market in Dallas and we get 4 news channels promoting our store it's a bit unsettling. Labor the 2nd time around was so much different than the first- I came home at 6:30 from 3 days of selling and contractions start. Fast forward to 11:00pm and they jump from being 10 minutes apart 30 minutes before to 3 minutes apart and I get scared. Sure enough little G was about to enter the world as we flew down the tollway in pouring down rain. I progressed so quickly even the epidural I demanded at the last minute didn't have time to work! Yes folks, that is possible and not too uncommon. If only they provided refunds for that. Ha. 2 pushes and she was out! Natural childbirth...although I guess I get robbed of my trophy for that since they had started the epidural (I had zero relief despite my pleas...the doctor said they needed 20 minutes but G didn't want to wait).
Little Hipster was only difficult the 1st week of taking baby G home. I guess he had to work out his own fears and concerns of mom's attention going to his new baby sister. What is sweet is he has become more taken with his dad and now might ask for daddy over mommy. Sleepless nights nursing have made this tea drinking mom a best friend of coffee, 2 cups a day please. I also found that baby wearing is my go to thing since G doesn't appreciate being put down for long so my 2 Peanut Shell Reversible slings get tons of use! And they are super cute! If only they hadn't discontinued that style I'd be selling it on Hipster Baby. I have the K'Tan and BJorn, have contemplated the Ergo as I have borrowed a friends when Little Hipster was younger...but my staple is the sized Peanut Shell Sling. I don't have to "futz" with it and rewatch YouTube videos to wear it! And its big enough to nurse her in.
As I sit here recovering from Mastitis I dream of opening up that storefront for Hipster Baby...but right now I'm getting a little more comfortable being a mom to 2 kids on top of having a website. Clearly when I get too busy and take on too much somebody else has other plans for me reminding me to slow down and appreciate what I have. But don't count us out yet because after having a girl I know that finding girl clothes is a dime a dozen but finding boy clothes is still way too hard.