Yeah. I said it! “Gonna” And that’s how I talk in real life, so you might as well just know that up front! Phew! Now that that’s out of the way… So, this weird thing happened to me. This weekend, I felt a sense of purpose. It just came out of nowhere. I wasn’t expecting it. It was just suddenly there and it felt so good. Of course, I’ve felt a sense of purpose before. Being a wife. Being a friend. Most of which, being a mom. That will probably always be my greatest purpose in life. I love my kids more than anything and I can’t imagine my life without them. But sometimes, being a stay-at-home-mom, things become mundane. I lose myself in the everyday of washing dishes, making peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, and putting kids’ hats and mittens on a hundred times a day! I literally go through days where I think “what did I even accomplish today?” A lot, I know, but it feels like I can kind of get lost in the shuffle of the ins and outs of daily life. Today was different, though. Today was my first “shift” working at The Found Cottage. And honestly, I didn’t know it was going to make me feel the way it did. I didn’t know it was going to fill my heart in a place I didn’t even realize was empty. I got to hang with my girl, Liz, which I never in a million years thought would ever happen. We started as online blogging friends a couple years ago. We quickly found out we grew up in the same area and started chatting now and then. Now that she’s back in Michigan, we’ve gotten to see each other a few times. And now that I’m a vendor in her new shop (yay!), I get to actually see her and spend time with her and laugh with her make memories with her! I mean, this is what dreams are made of! (That one’s for you, Liz!) Even beyond hanging with my friend, there’s something more. There’s a sense of pride I got when a customer would say “I love your shop, it’s so beautiful!” or “you have such lovely things, you’ve done such a great job!” I know the “you” in these statements is geared toward the collective group of vendors & owners, all working together to make this place pretty darn amazing, if I do say so myself! But the fact that I’m lumped in with those people. That I had a part of it and that I belong to this amazing group of creatives, sharing their creations with the world…or at least West Michigan! I don’t really know how to form the exact right words of how it feels, but “amazing & comforting” are a good start! This is what I needed in my life. Sure, blogging and creating are a big part of my life and I love what they do for my spirit. But connecting with people and being involved in something bigger than myself is where it’s at for me. It’s what really fills me up! So, thank you to Liz, Abby, & Lisa for opening up this store. Thank you for being creative yourselves and encouraging us to be our best creative selves, too! Thank you for this beautiful store you’ve put your blood, sweat, & tears into. And congratulations on an insanely successful weekend! I can’t wait to see where this adventure leads you…and all of us! I knew this opportunity was going to be a jumping off point for me. But I didn’t know it was gonna feel like this!