Originally posted on another website, and moved here. Lush Life is about how living your best life often starts with living outside your comfort zone. What if I didn't open Lush Art? I mean, it scared the bejeezus out of me. What did I know about running a business? Not a hell of a lot. But what did I do? Did I wait around? Did I keep it on my dream shelf to think about every once in awhile? No! I did it. I opened on a wing and a prayer, and a unsecured line of credit. I found a place I had to do minimal to as far as getting it open. I had the walls painted and started painting ideas. I turned my dreams into plans and my plans into a purpose. My purpose was to create a safe and relaxing place for women to paint, to play, to forget about all the stresses and responsibilities of life, if only for a short while. I can say after 4 years of building this purpose, I am very proud of what it has become.
Sure, I have days I cuss the day I decided to do this. I mean it was pretty easy being a stay at home mom, comparatively. Not that being a stay at home mom is easy, it is hard, but it had less pressure than opening and running a business. I didn't open because we "needed" me to work. I was lucky, my husband's job provides for us to live. There are difficult customers, bitchy social media trolls, inventory issues, there is always something. But I needed more. MORE. I needed a purpose, I knew I had a passion and I wanted to share it. But some days it is REALLY HARD.
But then I get a good review raving about Lush Art, I have someone run up to me at a restaurant and say "You're the Lush Art girl, I love you on Instagram!", or I have someone send me a message about how they are bringing their friend to paint because she recently lost her mother and needs a place to let loose and have a break from her grief for just one evening.
That my friends, is why I do what I do. That is why I keep adding to it. We opened Escape Artists War Town last year to reach a different group of people, to provide another safe space for people to play. Adults need to play too. And I have decided to add to it again. Enter the Lush Art expansion, Lush Lounge. Lush Lounge is a multi use facility that allows ideas I have had, and didn't have the right space for, to happen. We have a comfy seating, tables and chairs, a bar. We have board games, trivia nights, Fan nights, special guests, a book club (Club Book), Monthly Mimosas with Cara, smaller and more intimate class options, and so much more. The Lounge is a fun relaxing space for our customers to use.
What is my motto in 2018? Be the 2%.