After 19 days of moving, loading, unloading, driving, sanding, painting, measuring, cutting, drilling, planning, thinking, sticking, folding, washing, scrubbing, hanging and sweating the second walk in love. store is officially open for business. I am pretty exhausted. My legs, feet, shoulders, back and neck are all aching. It's hard to describe my feelings as I stand in the store and type this post but I wanted to try and write this now while the thoughts are fresh, or as fresh as they can be after 19 days. The other day I told Brooke to think of all the verbs that we had completed in the past few weeks, a few of which are typed above . It's truly an amazing feeling to see something you've created completed. The Bible says that humans were created in God's image. That thought can be overwhelming because God is so big, unimaginable and well...God. I can't handle it all at once so instead of thinking about it all I try think of different aspects about God. A great place to start is the beginning and the first words used to describe Him. "In the beginning God created..." It's the first verb in the Bible - - Created. So as I stand here reflecting on my creation and all the work and sweat that went into it by our team, friends, family, Brooke and myself I keep coming back to one tiny phrase - Created to Create. If you ever come to one of our stores you will see shirts, jewelry, accessories, books, gifts, etc. but what you wont see is this.
You won't see Mike, Jeff and Tess unloading all the wood from the van to put on the walls. You won't see Mike and I measuring, cutting and hanging boards. You won't see Brooke planning out and building displays to make them both beautiful and functional. You won't see my parents folding mountains of shirts. You won't see Joyce and Leah hanging tank tops. You won't see Brooke and I discussing the customer experience and what we can do to make it as good as it possibly can. You won't see Tess. Brooke and Mike on their hands and knees scrubbing the floor. You won't see me electrocuting myself while trying to move an outlet. You won't see the million little creations it took to create the store.
In this day and age of instant satisfaction I think it's easy to just expect things to be completed and not ever think why or how it came to be. We don't build our own houses, shops, sandwiches or furniture anymore. Everything comes pre-packaged, built, created and even delivered to us. I think we need to add some of those creating verbs back into our lives. We need to create and realize the importance of every little job that it takes to build something. I so often find myself annoyed by the lack of instant gratification, like I am the center of the universe but as I stand in my shop seeing all that my team and I built I can honestly say that there is not a feeling like it. So I challenge you to create something with your hands, brain and a little sweat because we were created to create.