Updated: Apr 2, 2020
In October, after being laid-off from my job in marketing and customer loyalty, a job I loved and was successful doing, I started ideating about what was next. The lay-off was actually a gift that changed my life for the better! After the initial shock, I felt relieved and knew it was time to create a different version of life. I remember saying to my husband, "I need a smaller life," and looking back, what I meant was a life of quality vs. quantity. With my husband's support, there was no urgent pressure to figure out what was next, and I had an opportunity to spend time reconnecting with friends, catch up on the @home todo list, read my bible, all while learning how to slow down and take it all in.
I want to think that everyone has a tight-knit group of friends and supporters, and for me, that's what I call "my village." One of my Village Besties said, "you're living your best life." At that moment, I realized that change was already happening. To say the least, my job meant A LOT to me, and in losing it, I discovered that actions speak louder than words. Most of the friends in my Village called me to check-in, invited me to lunch, dinner, and happy hours, shared my resume with their contacts and, most importantly, kept showing up. I had an opportunity to prioritize my relationships and think about what I wanted to spend my talents doing, and that was the beginning of Silver Maple Market.
My Village, and you know who you are, remained positive until the doors opened, reassured me with blind-faith, packed test gift boxes, tied bows, and were relentless in pushing me forward. I can't think of a better way to thank you than in the first blog entry on the website, cheers to all of you amazing people!
On February 8th, I opened the first storefront location in the historical downtown of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Silver Maple Market is a store that carries all of mine and my family's favorite things. You can expect to see art from local artists and pottery from artisans across NW Arkansas, and surrounded by other treats from small-batch partners across the USA.
Fast forward to today, March 30th, and I'm counting down the days until we publish our website! The primary component of the site is launching TailorMade GiftBoxes, our personalized gift box service, and will allow us to bring Silver Maple Market to customers across the country. We celebrate the art of creating the perfect gift, and it would be a privilege to share it with you!
I am blessed and honored to share a little piece of myself and my Village in every component of Silver Maple Market and TailorMade GiftBoxes.
It's been a labor of LOVE from all of us!