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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Serendipity

Serendipity is the effect by which one accidentally discovers something fortunate, especially while looking for something entirely unrelated.  This definition caught my attention.  I had never thought about the word "Serendipity" until recently, actually. And now - Serendipity is the name of my new small business!

About six weeks ago my mom mentioned that there was a new business in Altus...one that rented out booth spaces for people to sell items (new, used, antiques, clothes, gifts, etc.).  I had seen places such as this before and always thought I would enjoy doing something like that.  But, until now, there had never been a place close to here.  I was so excited that I contacted the owner immediately to get my name on the list for a booth.  Of course, in my haste (which is how I "work"!), I never thought about "what" I would actually sell!  I'm still not entirely sure what all I will end up selling, but have made a start towards the inventory.  It's funny how this whole thing worked out because I had just made the comment to my mom a few weeks before that I would like to "have" a business.  I have wanted to "have" a business, but I wouldn't want to "run" a business because I wouldn't want to be there all of the time.  This booth rental seemed like a perfect opportunity to realize that dream on a fairly small scale.

I quickly began thinking about what I wanted to sell, but there were/are so many things I like, it's hard for me to narrow it down.  I also want to make some things on my own.  Creating - whether by painting, doing crafts, or decorating - is what I enjoy, so I'll most likely incorporate those in my new business. Not only will I have a booth in Altus (about 30 minutes from home), but I can also sell from home.  In our small town we have very few stores so I thought it would be nice to have some items on hand if people needed a quick, small gift.  I wanted something as a creative outlet, but didn't want to take time away from my family.   I've been blessed to be a stay-at-home mom for most of the time since we had our children and don't want to take away from that at all.  I found out today that my booth space is ready to move into any time. (Now if I can find the time to do that, I'll be on my way!)


These pictures show part of the merchandise I've purchased as part of my inventory.  I really like this whole line of gifts and home decor. Many of the pillows and tea towels have scriptures embroidered on them.  The pillow above says, "With God all things are possible," Matthew 19:26.  The tea towel to the left has "Trust in the Lord with all your heart,"  Proverbs 3:5. (One of my very favorites.)  The apron says, "Be Happy".  I especially like the wooden spoons in the above picture.  In fact, they are why I ordered from this company to begin with.  They says things such as "This kitchen is filled with love."  You know?  I don't know if I'll make a profit or not...I want it all  myself!!

Thinking about this word, "Serendipity" and it's meaning is interesting.  I wonder how many people, before they became Christians, were going through life looking for "something"?  Perhaps they looked all around for something to make them feel complete and whole.  Along that journey maybe someone told them about Jesus and they heard the Good News...or maybe they stumbled upon it on their own.  Upon hearing this, maybe the person decided to become a Christian.  This person discovered something "fortunate" (extremely fortunate, but also very needed) that was entirely unrelated from what they were looking for in the beginning.  Actually, it isn't "fortune" at all....it's the power of God at work in their life!  And what was found along the journey?  Eternal life!

4 comments:

Wa Wa Waughs said...

I love this stufff! When Dee graduated HS and my grandmother wanted to give her something, we found a little box with a saying or scripture on it made by this company.

Brandi Sue said...

Yay!! Congrats! Have you gone to Affair of the Heart? You could get a lot of ideas from there!! :)

Lori said...

Thank you, Robin and Brandi.

I did go once to Affair of the Heart and would really like to go again, but I think it's when I'm going to Indiana with the FFA. It would be great!

Brandi Sue said...

There is one in October...the second to last weekend I think, then again in February. It's easy to get overwhelmed by everything there! haha

 
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