Just like everyone else, I only have 24 hours in a day. Between being a mom & wife, running a blog plus a handmade shop, I just didn't have the time to devote to it anymore. The booth always deserved more attention than I could give it.
After many prayers, lots of consideration and even a few mini-breakdowns... I realized that it's ok to let opportunities go. I can't do it all, because when I try everything ends up a big old mess. Letting go of opportunities - even great ones - is essential in moving a business forward. You have to let go of some things to make room for new ones.
I was torn about the decision, even after I gave them my notice, until I read The $100 Startup. I read the whole book cover to cover in less than 3 hours - and the reoccurring theme was prevalent: Each person made a decision that changed their business. Some out of tragedy (like a job loss), some out of necessity (like a roof caving in), and some out of gut instinct.
Letting go has never been easy for me. I'm a hold-tight-to-the-end kinda girl. But today, I'm taking a deep breath and letting go of the store. I'm hoping it will make time to take other ventures.... maybe even writing a book? We'll see where the tide takes me. I'm just keeping the faith that wherever it leads will be amazing.