I'd been trying out figure out how to kick this blog off for MONTHS when I realized that the letter I sent to all of my customers in late fall of 2016 probably sums it up best. For context, The Glitter Ninja is a yarn shop that I opened in 2014. It was full of customers that became friends who felt more like family. When I hit send on the email sharing my plans, the reality of my decision began to sink in. I've been working toward life on the road ever since on a mission I refer to as #operationhomelessby40.
Read on for a little intro to how The Curious Adventures came to be.
I hope this finds you happy, healthy, and enjoying the magic of the fall season. I’m writing with bittersweet news. I’m embarking on a new adventure and am going to be selling the house and, by default, the shop space. After much consideration about the best course of action, I’ve decided that The Glitter Ninja, as we’ve known it, will be closing it’s doors sometime in December.
I’m sure that leaves you with some questions. If not, you can skip the next part :-) But in case you’re interested, here’s the story of how we got here and where I’m going:
As many of you know, The Glitter Ninja is not my only business. I’ve been running Ever After Botanicals since 2010 and have a “regular” job in advertising & marketing. Needless to say, I’m never bored! One of my lifelong dreams has been to get to a place in life where I could travel. You name it, I want to see it! I recently decided to sell my house and find something more suited to a family of two that didn’t want to spend all their time cleaning and mowing. And by all their time, I mean all of MY time, because Bubba has no thumbs and is useless when it comes to mowing and cleaning. This process led to more questions than answers about what was going to happen to The Glitter Ninja. And then the questions were answered. Not in a way that I had anticipated. You could say that I was a bit blindsided, but once I saw the answer, I knew it was the only option for me. I’m planning on selling the house and most of my belongings. Once the house has sold, I’ll be packing up what’s left, and Bubba and I are taking to the road. We will spend the next year or two traveling through North America by way of van and Airbnb. I am fortunate to have a job that makes this possible and to be at a point in my life where I am healthy enough to do so. Three years ago I was so sick I could barely make it to the grocery store, let alone across the country. I’ve been dreaming of this trip my entire life and now that I am healthy, it’s time to make it happen. I know all too well, as I’m sure you do, how quickly life can change and how fleeting opportunity can be, so I intend to make the most of this opportunity while I can. You can be sure I will be stopping at every yarn shop along the way and sharing what I find on my Instagram feed!
So, there it is. The beginning in the end. And if you read all the way to the bottom, huzzah and high fives!