It's an interesting thing to start your own business and to rely upon it as your sole source of income. We're all under financial pressures, but when you're a business owner, employer, and have a family to take care of in what appears to be a multi-year economic recession, things are really kicked up a notch. Under such stress it's easy to lose sight of what's really important and why you are doing the things you are doing but today I saw so many happy people leaving the Painting Fun Spot Art Studio was I reminded.
I've told this story at least a hundred times, but I was inspired to start Painting Fun Spot a little over 7 years ago because my mother and sister (and cousins who lived nearby) and I went to a similar place when I was in preschool (over 35 years ago) and lived in a different part of the country. It wasn't "beautiful" or even "clean" but it was a source of childhood happiness for me and my family. I have memories sitting with my family and often also across from complete strangers at large wooden picnic tables, painting and talking about life. At the end of our painting sessions we took home our completed creations and to this day, over 30 years later, my family and I still have a few of them in our homes.
Something really struck a cord with me as I remember telling my parents that I loved making art, new friends, and happy memories while at that small art studio. My parents planted an impressive seed when they then told me I could own a place like that someday! Decades, later I was finally in position to open up Painting Fun Spot, and just a few years after that I find myself at Fort Wayne's Jefferson Pointe Outdoor Mall in a beautiful location I built-out myself just a few months ago!
Although I sometimes am exhausted from pouring hundreds of pounds of plaster each week, doing the marketing, finance, strategy and operations components of running the business, it is truly gratifying to know that each and every day my business brings happiness to others, helps them to make great memories of their own, and that if nothing else, I've shared a little love in this world of ours.
To my supportive family, I want to share a heartfelt thank you for the continual encouragement and for providing me the tools I needed to do this. To my loyal customers, thank you for sharing your life and time with me and my family. To my past and current employees, I know I am blessed to have (or to have had) you in my life, and that you are the pillars of this business and without you we couldn't be open. To God and all the others who have helped "make it happen" (too numerous to name), I am very grateful for everything. Thank you.
It has taken me far too long to realize that when all is said and done, all that really matters is spreading love. I came across a quote the other day that resonates with me so I close this post by sharing it: "If you have the power to make someone happy, do it, the world needs more of that!"