Tuesday, October 16, 2012

My Greatest Inspiration

Hello there, my dear ones! I'm excited to share today's post with you all. :} I feel like a lot of blogging has to do with sharing what inspires and motivates you & today, I'm going to share what inspires me more than anything else: my mom
How cheesy, Zie, you'll say. But no, seriously. Let me show you. 
A little back story from my mom herself:

"Once upon a time there was a little girl that loved to collect treasures. Not just any treasures though, she loved to collect empty make up bottles and samples! Before long this little girl decided to set up shop selling her treasures to all of the other neighborhood little girls. Unfortunately, the other Mommy's did not approve of their daughters raiding their piggy banks for "junk", and alas, her store was forced to close. However this sparked a dream in the little girl to someday have her very own shop where she could have all sorts of lovely things.

My name is Cerri Campbell and I'm that little girl. I have dreamed of having my own store most of my life.
Every item I have offered in my shop as been lovingly selected by me for you and the girls in our neighborhood. And my dream is that you will find lovely little things here to inspire you in your creations and collections."
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And as long as I can remember, my mom has always owned her own business. For a long time she owned her own cleaning service. And while it wasn't what she loved, she did really well for herself. But my family has been blessed in life so that we have had the opportunities to branch out and do what we love, my mother being no different. 
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So in 2006, my mom opened up "The Little Pink Studio". I don't quite remember much of it at first, because I was young and didn't get it. But I knew my mom had a store & that she made beautiful things and that I was insanely proud of her. Her little shop has evolved over the years, but has always been this beautiful little retreat for those who love vintage, pretty, & pink things. And it wasn't just like her little shop was doing well-- no it was so much more than that. She was being published in magazine after magazine, featured on amazing things, and it seemed like she'd never stop... and six years later, she's still going. :}
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Which is why I always thought that owning your own business was easy. She made it look easy. So originally, I thought, "Well, duh. I'll just own my own business & be super successful and that'll be that." But until this year, I had no earthly idea what it took to run a small business. I had this grand expectation that it would just come to me & it'd be logical. That everything would progress in a general upward slope for the rest of forever until I was done being a business owner and wanted to do something else. HA. 
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And while I can say that this whole thing has been a struggle for me & that every single time I think I know what I'm doing... I clearly don't.... But it has been so much fun. And every single day and every single opportunity that comes my way from all the hard work I've put into it, I think of my mom. She did it. She is doing it. And every day she inspires me and motivates me to keep going. Even on those days where I want to just delete everything and do something easier. 
She's my go-to for advice or help. She's my financial advisor. She's my source-expert. She's my "what's big right now" tip off. She's my idea-bouncer. She's my Zie-quit-being-an-idiot-and-smack-me-in-the-head-er. She's my mom. And she's my biggest inspiration. <3
So basically, and in conclusion, my mom is awesome & everyone should be insanely jealous ;) But what's your biggest inspiration? What keeps you going? What drives you? 

EDIT: Apparently mom saw this post & is now weeping somewhere in her house. BAhahah <3 Love family-update texts from my sister.

6 comments:

  1. Your mum would be so thrilled if she sees this post! :) You are both talented ladies!

    My mum's my biggest inspiration as well :) She's so successful and I wish I could be like her someday :) <3

    Gia @ Lovely Serendipity

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  2. What a great post Zie, I loved reading this! I have been a member of the Little Pink Studio FB for a while now, beautiful stuff!
    Agai, loved this post and so nice to read a bit mroe about the background of your mum.

    xx Susie @ Even Sweeter Dreams

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  3. I love everything your Mom does and enjoy reading her blog. I feel like we are neighbors as I live in Northeast Tn and almost got to stop by her shop at Turkey Creek. I know she is very proud of you too. It is great when you can have such a wonderful relationship with your mother.m This was a wonderful post and tribute to her.

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  4. oh my god such pretty stuff. your mom sounds soooo cute and cool!


    x
    Angie
    sundaybelle.com

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  5. This is the sweetest post, Zie!! I do love your mom's shop - definitely want to place an order someday. What an incredible inspiration! I'd say she has a pretty cool daughter too. ;)

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  6. Aw, you two are so sweet! :D Moms are absolutely amazing women, and such an inspirational model indeed!

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-Zie