05 April 2010

Easter Tidings {& Dream Resurrection}

Hope you all had a great Easter yesterday. Wanted to share some moments from my family's celebration. And then talk a bit about dream resurrection.

My mom tried out Ina Garten's Coconut Cupcake recipe {from scratch}. Oh so good. Dense, almond and vanilla flavored cake topped with sweet cream cheese frosting and a flurry of coconut. Heavenly.

This is my three year old niece, Lexi:

Yesterday was her first Easter egg hunt and the weather complied. So cool to watch a little kid discovering something fun for the very first time.

This is one of my favorite shots:

She got it!

Easter, for me, is always a time of year for personal reflection, renewal, and yep, resurrection. More than at any other time of year, now is the time I feel like changing things that aren't working, reenergizing what needs it, and recognizing miracles. {I do believe in them.}

The past few months have been a time of terrific reinvention and resurrection for me: from boutique owner to freelance writer, from one-who-pines-for-a-dream to one-who-moves-into-the-dream-as-if-it-already-were.

I know you can do it, too--go from pining and longing to moving into your dream, whatever it may be. There's always a way to begin.

Thanks to you aspiring indie retailers who have e-mailed me your burning questions about getting into the biz. If you haven't yet weighed in, please re-visit the previous post and let me know what concerns, confuses, or enchants you the most about starting and running an indie retail boutique.

If your shop {brick and mortar or online} is already open for business, I want to talk to you, too! There's a new post coming soon with a question designed specifically for you. {Scribe's Note on 4.9.10: The post is up! Click the link in this paragraph to go there.}

But...artists/creators of indie and handmade goods, you're next! Stay tuned. {Scribe's Note on 4.8.10: In fact, the post is now up! Click the link in this paragraph to go to it right now.}

And happy dream resurrecting.



Feather Your Nest said...

Barefoot Contessa Coconut cupcakes are the best! A close second are her chocolate with peanut butter frosting. Decadent! My easter baking was a tossup between the coconut cupcakes or a Hummingbird Cake by Magnolia Bakery. The hunningbird won out since not evryone in my family is a coconut fan. We had beautiful weather in Ohio yesterday didn't we?! Hope you are enjoying your time away from the demands of a brick and mortar!


Hi, Denise--

Thanks for stopping in and saying hello! Definitely gorgeous weather here in O-HI-O. I bet the 'Nest is hoppin' because of it.

Hope you enjoyed the Hummingbird Cake yesterday.

I must admit that life after shopkeeping feels pretty tremendous--but that's because that's what my heart wanted.

Hope to keep in touch. :)


warmaspie said...

A beautiful post. I love the "Dream Resurrection" concept. I'll be working on that...

Abby Kerr Ink said...

Thanks, WarmAsPie! Glad that resonated with you. :)

Abby Kerr Ink said...

By the way, all: Abby Kerr Ink--avatar showing a curly haired girl in a color photo wearing a merlot colored top?--that's me. Just changed my username over from THE BLISSFUL to Abby Kerr Ink.

Paris Atelier said...

Hi Abby,
I have long been a fan of your blog and the journey you have taken us on.

I have been so inspired by you and your writing. It has always been a dream of mine to open a niche boutique (I'm sure I'm in the company of millions of other dreamers here) and I'm so excited to read your new site and learn even more from you!

Thank you for the countless posts from the heart and the endless inspiration. You contribute to giving me the courage to make my dream a reality.
Thank you!!!

Abby Kerr Ink said...

Hi, Judy--

Thanks for introducing yourself! I always appreciate knowing who's reading and who's getting something good from what I'm putting out there. :)

I'll look forward to seeing you over at my new site once it launches. It'll be a great place for anyone who's interested in niche-focused business that originates with a dream, vision, and love. You can do this if you want to. I know it!