the start of a plan

July 14, 2010 |  Category:   family life the biz

The colors on the hydrangeas that line the back patio wall at my parent’s house are insane. What I love about visiting my dad’s garden is seeing the varieties of flowers and vegetables begin and complete their cycle throughout the year. The roses, irises and peonies may be gone now, but the hydrangeas are in full bloom. It’s another good metaphor for life, isn’t it?.

We are slowly letting the concept of “the store” sink in. It’s always good to visit my mom and listen to her view on things. She’s made of pure bravado and guts and have taken her real estate office to the #1 spot in Queens since opening the business with her partners 3 years ago – in turbulent housing market waters, no less. They have over 200 agents now. Not bad for a nurse who immigrated to the states with $500 in her pocket in the early 70s with no experience in business whatsoever. So her opinion on the store has always been, “duh, of course you’re going to open a store”.

Fear of the unknown, of failure, of bigger things may not be enough of an excuse to ignore a vision, however vague or tentative it might be right now. The things that happened to us this year and seeing the bumps in the road that my mom has had to overcome in the last 15 years on her journey to where she is now is proof enough that business ownership is not for the faint of heart. We have had talks. I think I get it now. It’s not a matter of if, but when the next rough bump comes along, because it certainly won’t be the last. The difference is in how you deal with it.

I know that entrepreneurship is not for everyone and not everyone desires to be their own boss. The responsibilities of owning a business is tremendous – I really learned that this year. Maybe it’s in the blood, but both my parents and nearly all of my aunts and uncles are business owners. My generation has been the first to enter the work force as professionals in 9-5 jobs, but maybe growing up in a family of entrepreneurs has influenced me in more ways than I know.

PS. I am worried about a friend tonight who is in trouble and has been going through a tough period. Please send good vibes and thoughts her way. I do not like to see others suffer. It’s really hard to stand by so helpless.

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  • mau July 14, 2010 at 4:50 am

    good luck with the new venture jenna! i think all of us who follow your blog agree that it’s a matter of ‘when’ and not ‘if’. i hope your friend overcomes whatever’s troubling her as soon as possible.

  • alice July 14, 2010 at 6:28 am

    I’m sending thoughts to your friend, and good luck to you guys in reaching a decision that you are happy with about the store.

  • bronwyn July 14, 2010 at 9:37 am

    Sending good vibes. Hope all works out.

  • janet July 14, 2010 at 11:05 am

    praying for you and your friend. may all goes well:-)

  • Cynthia July 14, 2010 at 11:23 am

    It would be nice to have a store front where the UPS guy picks up and delivers. You both could work as you please while waiting on customers or doing online sales. And you have a loyal following and as you mentioned this seems to be in your blood 🙂 I think you would have fun designing a space to fit your needs 🙂

  • wendy July 14, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    your mom sounds completely inspiring. i’m excited about the prospect of you guys opening a store, and even more excited to read about your journey. hope your friend is okay..

  • Lakshmi July 14, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    Blessings sent for your friend.

    Your Mom is one brave lady… I am so much in admiration right now.


  • scentual soundtracks July 14, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Sending good vibes to your friend! And thanks for sharing more thoughts about your business. My husband and I started a consulting business in January and things are now picking up for us. I look forward to hearing how your family’s story unfolds.

  • J. Hope July 14, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    Sending good vibes to your friend.

    Incredible to hear about your mom. So brave. We’ve also considered a brick & mortal store….you two seem ready, and well equipped to embrace and manage the challenges a store front will potentially deliver.