I’m excited to tell you I’m closing my retail shop as I prepare for my doctoral studies.
My initial pang at the thought of closing my retail shop has now turned into something no less than complete enthusiasm. Sometimes letting go of one dream is the only way to grab ahold of a bigger dream.
I love kumihimo. I am proud to be a kumista. I will continue braiding and designing and teaching, as time allows.
The retail portion of the business, however, was never my passion. I initially sold the supplies because they weren’t readily available in my local area and because I could give my classes an excellent price break by buying in bulk. I’m happy to close shop. Retail is a drag, folks. You can quote me on that. But teaching … well, that’s where the fun is. You can quote me on that, too.
I’m ready to research. I’m ready to learn. I’m ready to teach more than kumihimo. I’m ready to embrace the challenges I’ve faced in learning to live with my invisible disability and turn my personal growth into something that will ultimately, I hope, help others.
Goodbye, retail! I’ll miss my customers but I won’t miss my studio looking like a mini warehouse.
Pour the coffee. It’s time to hit the books.