“When I let go of what I am,
I become what I might be.”
~ Lao Tzu
It’s hard to believe that it’s been six years since a simple idea turned into one of the most significant decisions of my life.
The “simple idea” was to make my dog a handmade collar on my sewing machine. I had no clue that this dog collar was destined to become an overnight success. Almost immediately I began making collars for my friend’s dogs, and then their friend’s dogs. I started selling them on eBay, and created a website. Over the years I made thousands of dog collars for hundreds of different breeds, and shipped them to several countries including the USA, Canada, France, Spain, Australia, Croatia, England, Singapore, and Japan, just to name a few.
Dogma London Dog Collars was successful, and I was happy. But over the past few months my work life also began to feel stagnant. I no longer felt challenged or excited about my business, which was a clear sign it was time to let it go.
So last Wednesday I sold Dogma London to a beautiful, creative, kind-hearted dog lover from Tulsa, Oklahoma. She saw my ad on businessesforsale.com and contacted me the same day I posted it for sale. Within a couple short weeks, we had drafted a purchase agreement and made plans to transfer the ownership. She spent a week with me here in London, learning the ropes. Yesterday we packed up all the supplies and she heads back home to Tulsa tomorrow.
As I sit here in my barren sewing room, mixed emotions flood my mind. I feel sad, excited, empty, and inspired. The phrase, “what the hell am I doing” comes to mind, as it often does when one treads the path with heart. I have no doubt that I made the right decision, but I still feel the grief that comes with letting something go.
When Monday morning rolls around I’ll wake up as a full-time spiritual writer, a dream I’ve held since 2009. Where will I be this time next year? I have no idea, but the feeling in my heart tells me I’m right on track.