Last year 2014 was a turbulent year with many changes and moves. Literally, packing & moving. It started with packing my business late in December 2013, then unpacking and temporarily setting up business at my family’s farmhouse.
In July I was contracted by a client to assist in downsizing them from a 6000 sq ft. home to an 1800 sq. ft. condo. As a designer I am frequently assisting clients in De-cluttering and redefining spaces, so I was up for the challenge. The project took almost 12 weeks of objective decision making; keep and pack, sell, or pack and give-away for donation. The emotional aspect was a daunting task for the aging clients and for me. This elderly couple, in their mid 80’s, had years of collected treasures, some Ir-replaceable. There were pieces and collection sets of china, Pre-War from Switzerland and Austria, brought over to the states by the gentleman’s mother, breathtaking Persian Rugs, and approximately 200 pieces of quality furnishings, besides tons of trinkets that would no longer fit in their new condo. Sadly their children were not interested in adding many of these valuables to their possessions and time did not allow to search for a suitable buyer. Heartbreak and tears for this kind, compassionate senior man and wife.
Moving & downsizing can be an extremely overwhelming task and a huge awakening of grief. It is difficult to “let go” of 90% of your earthly possessions. For me as a consultant, my own previous move prepared me with blessings of compassion and healing. I was able to share & consult on the understanding of emotional attachment, loss, and accepting change as a process of life. Many, many hours were spent in listening to this gentleman’s stories regarding each treasured item from “back when”. I understood how valuable it was for him to share his stories. Sometimes it took days for him to process the final decision. While he processed and listened I stayed focus on moving forward for the house was sold and closing date was 6 weeks away.
When you are young and move, its exciting and adventurous, but as you age and especially at 85 with declining health, its a whole different ball game. Surrendering your life to the inevitable phase of aging. So, after almost 3 months of moving and relocating my clients I personally was faced with yet another move, once again! For 8 months internally I had been processing, searching and planning on relocating to a vacant storefront/warehouse. Movement was still stirring in my soul. At the end of August 2014, “a door” slammed shut and I was faced with making a quick business decision. Do I close my business or take a Leap of Faith and move my business? Well folks, I took “The Leap of Faith”! With the assistance of one of my staff, we packed up all inventory and physically moved daily for a week to a 2000 sq. ft retail showroom on Green St. in downtown McHenry, IL.
Again, Blessed from Above a window of opportunities for growth & development appeared! Praise God! In just 3 weeks the space was painted, showroom displayed, and set to open the doors of Blooms & Rooms Design Studio. Pre-Launch Opening was Sept. 28th, 2014. Just in time for the busiest season of the year, Fall & Christmas. Leaps of Faith can be scary or you can choose to look at them as opportunities with excitement. The choice is all yours.
Now onto New Year, New Beginnings! Follow me as I “Fly Solo” in this new venture. It’s all me & God as my partner, soaring like an Eagle. Yes, I do have a crew and many friends that are on this journey with me, but no partner in life as a husband, significant other, or business partner as I did in the past. Up until now, I resisted “Flying Solo”. I am ready to accept and pursue my own Creative Expressions through teaching, workshops, public speaking, writing, and mentoring. Utilizing my life experiences & talents to form and cultivate my next phase and chapter in life (60 is just around the corner). My plan is to start to write a new story for the life of Joyce Miller-Konstantinow as a visionary and creative woman. 29 years of being an entrepreneur has taught me invaluable life lessons and shaped me into the woman and designer I am today. My vision for Blooms & Rooms Design Studio’s new business location is to blossom into a supportive community of Creatives. Empower women to Nurture the Creative Spirit that lies within each of us and cultivate “The Underground” of our Souls. Bloom from the inside out, the internal rooms of our hearts and answer our calling of being creative. I am energized and excited for these new beginnings!
Blessings Everyone, Blessings