Have you ever had a moment where you knew, just KNEW that you’d be great at something?
I’ve always felt like I would kill it- like *ahem*(said in my deep narrator voice) *total annihilation* kind of kill it in a donut eating contest. Throw some bacon on there and I can see the tiara on my head now. It looks fantastic. And so shiny.
Oh they don’t give out tiaras for most food challenges you say? Not acceptable. I guess I’ll just have to make my own. Have I mentioned I’m a creative artsy type? It’s kinda my thing.
I love to create. Making things with my own two hands brings me more joy and has filled more hours of my time than most other things in my life. Like, a whoooole lot of hours y’all.
While we’re on that subject, how the heck does it take a full week to make a cute little wreath that you found the inspiration for on Pinterest? It said EASY wreath tutorial but it sits on a throne of lies.
I mean, sure I added a few bells and whistles. Not literally. That’d be kinda odd and freakishly loud every time someone knocked on your door. No, I just added a few (read: 37) tweaks to make it my own.
But it was worth it. Every hot glue gun burn, every tiny piece of scrap felt that I find in random places in my house (still to this day), all the questioning where this was going and the yo-yoing of emotions of I hate it, I love it, this is crap, oh my gosh I am a GENIUS! to- POOP , absolute POOP then back to awwww yeah, this is gettin good. Yes, we’re still talking about the wreath. Have I mentioned that I’m rather passionate about my work?
It’s an up and down mess of emotions but when I get to look at the finished product and know that I MADE THAT. Y’all. That’s the stuff.
When we started this company a few years ago, the big goal was to promote artists and creatives in our area. Why? Partly because I’m an artist. I get it. I understand the work that goes in to creating each piece and the process that follows in trying to get your work out there and have it loved and appreciated by others.
So on October 7th, 2017 we had our 1st big event.It was an open-air festival in our hometown of Leavenworth, IN and the setting could not have been more perfect.
The building on the site is an old pump house that remains from when there was a dam here on the Ohio River. It’s sooo cool, guys. A little spooky when you’re there alone at night because it may or may not be haunted but other than that, it’s awesome. Or maybe that adds to it’s awesomeness……
Back to the day of the market-
60+ vendor booths were ready with their wares in the field all around the pump house. The opening gates had a line of people waiting to shop the market. It was seriously the coolest thing ever to have so many people waiting in line to check out what this whole Backroads Market thing was all about.
I really expected my mom and like a friend from high school to show up so when neither of those two were making up the crowd that was forming, I got *slightly* giddy.
I can tell you with absolute certainty that this was the day that changed everything for me.
I have always been creative. I have always loved creatives. They’re my people.
Standing in that field on that beautiful October day was a defining moment in my life. It was like God was saying, put down the donuts, Abby.* I have something bigger for you. I have something for you that I know you’ll be great at.
*Just to be clear, I don’t like walk around with donuts all the time. I’m not in constant training for the donut eating competitions of the world. There wasn’t even a donut in sight when this game changing moment in my life occurred. Which is kinda sad really. I guess I just added it in to the story because that would have made the moment absolute perfection. Let’s move on……
Things in the Backroad Market business are being run a bit differently than when we began.
When we opened the business, there were three partners. Life happened and the other two ladies moved on to other paths. So now you’re looking at a solo gig with yours truly running the show.
The format of the Market is also in the process of changing. We love doing outdoor festivals but if you’ve been following along on our facebook or Instagram pages then you know that we are taking a brief hiatus from these types of events so that we can focus on shifting what we do into a storefront.
Our exact location is still TBA but our heart has always been in Leavenworth and that is where we hope to be when our doors open.
Guys, I’m so excited for what the future holds. I KNOW that this is my calling. I want to share the gifts that I believe God has given me and I want to help others to do the exact same. Being able to run a business that allows me to do this is pretty me telling God, “I hear you. Let’s get to work.”
“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, I used everything You gave me.” Erma Bombeck
I bet you didn’t see that super sappy inspirational quote coming, did ya? I’m all over the place. It’d probably be good for you to know that for future posts. One minute it’s all donuts and tiaras and then BOOM you’re being inspired and uplifted. Welcome to the rollercoaster, y’all. It’s going to be soooo good.