My Journey

Move Forward. Don't Stay Stuck

Angie Houloose

Move Forward. Don't Stay Stuck

In the middle of everything happening right now, I was hoping some incredibly wise words would just pour out and this would be the easiest article I’d ever written.  Instead I’ve started it about 6 times.  Each draft ends in a fear that you’d think how I could ever understand what you are going through because I no longer have my shop.  And that’s where this begins, actually.  Out of fear. I keep thinking back to about a year ago when I was struggling to make the decision to stay open or close.  My ideas and creativity with the exciting...

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The Answers To Your Test

Angie Houloose

The Answers To Your Test

Do you remember being in school when you had to take a test and you’re always told to “keep your eyes on your own paper”? Over and over again for how many years? What a great life lesson!  In my head I’d just hear “blah, blah, blah” because I knew it was the right thing to do, but in the back of your mind, didn’t you just want to peek or maybe you did and chose “C” because the smart kid sitting next to you had?  How many times was it the wrong answer?  Maybe they’d gotten it from who...

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With Brave Wings She Flies

Angie Houloose

With Brave Wings She Flies

What’s it like to close a store? Honest?  I realized how it’s relatively easy to take 6,000 sq feet completely stocked to zero inventory in 60 days.  Closing because someone outside of your control (the landlord) made the decision, was something my customers didn’t understand.   I kinda did.  I mean, I’d seen “You’ve Got Mail” and “The Godfather” to know the famous quote: “It’s not personal, Sonny.  It’s strictly business.”  But boy it felt personal.  Especially when the new owner was walking out the door.  He half-turned and flippantly said, “hey, sorry”.  I’ll leave it to your imagination as to...

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What's Your Word?

Angie Houloose

What's Your Word?

Has this been a crazy whirlwind kind of week for anyone else? Hard to believe Christmas is over and the New Year is on the verge of beginning a completely new decade. I'll be honest, I'm really torn on how to start my 2020. I've done the "set goals" and I've done the "resolutions" and I've done the "what will be will be". This year, though, none of them are feeling like the answer. Like I'm feeling there's more to the start of this year than something that I can put into words. Being a words person, I am kinda...

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