Leaving nursing!

I think back to when I started this journey. In a corner of my mind I would think “what if?” What if the store was so successful, I could quit my job and do it full time? Nah,,, that would never happen. I have 3 days left at my nursing job, then I’m done… I will open the store every week and not be a nurse anymore. This has taken less than one year to happen.

So how did this happen? Baby steps, small increments. Putting my toes in the water a little at at time to test it. Well, I’m going into the deep end friends! In May, my employer allowed me to cut to part time. That was ideal. I worked Monday and Tuesday, then was off until the next week and worked Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The store open every other Wed- Friday.

This line of work never has enough time in the day. I continue to pick the vintage finds, clean them up, restore and repurpose. I have 10 “vendors” that have their goods in the store. I think the difference Tattered offers is most of the merchandise is things I have created. My vendors have soy candles, handcrafted jewelry, baby items. My sister is the only one who brings in things like I do. I like having creative and quality control.

The big turning point for deciding to close the chapter on nursing was something I NEVER expected or planned. People started to ask me to paint their furniture. Hmm.. ok, I could do that. All of a sudden, my legal pad had 13 custom projects with no time to complete. I never advertised custom work. This is potentially a huge boost to the business!! If the store is a little slow with customers, I have this “back up work.” Right now, I have a buffet waiting to be turned into a orange changing table to match a Dr. Seuss themed nursery, a fireplace mantel disassembled to be painted black and distressed, dressers for several customers and the most recent was an old bike that was salvaged from a ditch. That will be given a fresh color and will find a home in a beautiful flower bed. I think to myself, gosh, can’t they paint these themselves? I guess I find it easy and have to start thinking that I offer a service that other people either have no interest in doing, don’t have the time or just like the way I do it.

I am extremely happy with my future. My husband of course is nervous, but supportive. We had to look for different health insurance and were approved yesterday, so that is a huge relief. I tried not to worry about it. I have learned that God takes care of me and worrying is pointless. Everything always works out in the end, maybe not on my timeframe, but it does.

I have lots of tips and trips to share that I have learned along the way. Can’t wait to share more with you guys. There is such great support and so many of you that want to do similar work. If you have a passion, do it. I wanted to do this for 15 years. If I wouldn’t have been a nurse first, I wouldn’t have been able to afford to do it. Everyone says, you can always go back and be a nurse if this doesn’t work out. That is true, but I ignore that statement. I am not going to worry about if this doesn’t work out. I am an achiever. Set goals and obtain goals.

So, today I am painting the office “Robin’s Egg Blue” sounds beautiful right? If cotton candy was blue, thats the color it would be. Not a huge fan, but I bought it for an accent wall for the store and didn’t like it there and don’t like it in the office. It’s going up though, I’m already half done. I want to get a little organized, my downfall is paperwork. More on this topic later… see I even procrastinate discussing paper work!! Haha..


2 thoughts on “Leaving nursing!

  1. I don’t know how I found your blog and facebook page, but I’m sure glad I did! I am at a crossroads in my life and looking for people who have made their dream come true and who wouldn’t mind sharing some advice. I am currently living back in my home town, a small upstate New York town with little employment. I recently lost my 2nd Information Technology job and am seriously considering trying to start my own business. I also have a passion for rescuing old furniture and other items and trying to repurpose them or restore them. My brothers and sisters have kidded me for years saying I should open a “half finished furniture store” because I continue to collect things but rarely get around to finishing them!

    As luck (or misfortune) would have it, I am out of work again and have a burning desire to spend my time working on these projects and opening my own repurposed chic, vintage decor, gift shop type of business ( I also do some photography which I’d love to incorporate into my business). I attend auctions and yard sales and love to peruse “junk” stores. I have NO idea how to get started opening my own business or if it’s even possible. I have little or no money, only work part time bartending right now, and I’m single (no strong or handy husband or boyfriend to help me!), I do have some good friends and a sister and brother nearby who I’m sure would help in a pinch! I’m in a less than ideal situation at the moment, with a mortgage to pay (trying to save my house etc..) but determined that my energies should be spent on this endeavor if I just know how to get it going, if there’s a market for it and if I could make a living at it etc… I’d love to talk to you offline or via email if you would consider mentoring me on ways I could make this happen. You’re an inspiration. Thank you in advance.

    • HI! Sorry it took so long to return your comment. When I first started my journey, this blog was kinda a lifeline for me. Now that everything is real and no longer a dream, things like writing has taken the back seat.

      I was opposite of you. I had a very good job, most people still think I’m nuts for leaving. The main thing was opportunity. Things fell into place so easily for me. I think if I would have ignored it, I would have regretted it forever. Even if I fail, at least I tried. So I think people wouldn’t be surprised as much if you went for it! I have strangers asking me why I gave up nursing!

      I am learning as I go. I make mistakes, put way to many hours in at the shop, then blame myself for being lazy. Now that I am living my dream full time, I find the store extremely slow. I don’t know if its because summer is over, teachers are back to school? I too reached out to local mentors. I contacted some nice ladies that run similiar stores that are too far away to be competition, e.g. 1 hour away. This line of work, most everyone is happy to share their experiences. There are a few ruthless ones, but most everyone sees through them.

      I will tell you what, if you love it, do it. Like I said before, I’ve made mistakes. Just today I decided to go from a full time store back to an occasional store, open once a month. My email is tatteredjunkichic@gmail.com

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