Closing one door and opening the next


Six or so years.  Yes it has been about that long.  I had a small business.  The dream was to one day have a shop.  Have you seen Mr Magorium’s Wonderful Emporium?  It is the most magical movie about the best toy shop.  Yep, that was the shop I was going to have… magic and all.

However my lovely little on line business never really raised enough money to make this dream  become reality.  Six years ago, not many places sold wooden toys, today they are cheaply available at all the big chain stores and they are lovely.  So I have had a facebook business page, sitting alone, unused for about the last six months. I just could not bring myself to say, that journey was at an end, my toy shop was not going to happen.

But, other interests have slowly taken over. Mindfulness, creativity, books, paper… oh yes paper.  As much as I have always loved beautiful toys, I have also loved paper and stationary.  So over the last few months some things have combined.  I have been creating again.  Something I had little time for when I was trying to run an online business.  I have been using books, paper, folding, making, designing, creating.  This new creativity is not a business, not yet. I  started this weekend to take the items I had made to a couple of markets but I am not doing this adventure for the outcome of a shop. No, I am doing it to feel creative again.  To feel mindful, balanced and not so structured, organised and responsible.  After two days at markets, surrounded by creative types I have come home, officially renamed my old online business facebook page and made the move to open the new door.

I do hope that any of you, who are staring at the need to close one door and open the next, find the courage to do just that.  Now that I have opened that new door I look forward to seeing what is inside!

2 thoughts on “Closing one door and opening the next

  1. Hi Fiona
    I fell across your FB post announcing the end of SassyPop Kids. I’m a biz owner myself ‘Sew Sista’ and absolutely applaud what you have written. I totally resonated with where you are at and feel strongly I am almost there myself. The fun was in the creation of Sew Sista…. a hard reality to face now that I actually ‘don’t want to have a big (or even medium sized) business to run. I don’t care anymore about achieving the ‘success’ I once coveted so much. I don’t crave other’s validation as I did. Obviously (like many creatives) there are layers of stuff that I have and am still working through. But reading your post gave me just a little more of a push. I too love to create… I now know that its my ‘happy place’ and I need to honour it. I wish you all the best for the road ahead and (even though strangers) am happy for you that you have made a decision for your own wellbeing. Thank you – Kerry


    1. Thank you Kerry. I think so many of us are juggling so much, work, dreams, family, other ventures that we think of we agree to end something we ate giving up. I felt like this for so long over Sassypopkids but now I rerealize it is just making way for a new direction. Best wishes for choosing your door. Thank you for reading.


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