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The other day, one of my readers asked what my dreams were for the future and I thought it would be nice to share the answer in a post instead of a comment.  Before I share my dreams for the future, I’m going to share a bit about the past.

Many of you know my story.  In short, my business was started out of the desire to add a little income to the family budget.  I didn’t have any big dreams attached to it.  I just wanted to make a couple hundred dollars a month to help with some bills.  I’ve never considered myself an entrepreneur or a designer, writer, photographer…any of that.  I was just a stay-at-home mom who wanted to do something more than what I was doing, but I wanted a job that would allow me to stay home with my boys.

About a year into my business, I started this blog and my business shifted from a decorative painting & mural business to a refurbished furniture & antiques business.  Later, it sort of morphed into a blogging, freelance writing, book writing sort of business.   When my friend and graphics designer, Laura, was working on the branding for my business, she asked a series of questions about my goals and dreams.  I wish I had taken notes during that conversation!  I do remember some of the goals and I recall feeling like they were pretty “pie-in-the-sky” at the time and I felt like I needed to qualify all of them by saying things like, “…this is waaaay down the road” and “…it would be really, really cool if this happened, but it’s just a dream, not really a goal.”

Every single goal I set out for myself was either met or completely blown away.  I don’t say that in any sort of prideful way.  I say that in more of a flabbergasted, dumbfounded sort of way.  Remember that I felt like these goals were long shots at best.

So, what’s next?  To be honest, I start to think bigger and take some steps towards growth and then I shrink back, not really sure how big I want things to get.  Does that make sense?  I’m not the type of person who’s afraid of failure.  I’m fine with trying things that don’t work out.  I just shrug my shoulders and move onto the next thing.  I do get scared when I feel like things are growing beyond me.  With growth comes higher expectations, more work, more criticism.  So, what I want is an ongoing debate with myself and a frequent topic of conversation with my family and friends.

Here’s what I know…

I love writing my blog.  I want that to continue to grow and I want to get better at it.  I want to make more video tutorial series and I want to provide even more inspiration and information on decorating and refurbishing furniture.  I’m mulling over some new ideas and I’m looking forward to sharing them.

I love print work.  I really enjoyed putting a book together and I like the work I do for and Cottages & Bungalows.  I want to continue to improve my photography, writing style and DIY skills.  I helped with the styling on the most recent photo shoot in my house and I LOVED it.  I hope to get to use my styling skills more in the future, but I’m totally open to how that transpires.  Also, Country Living magazine is one of my favorites and I would love to have my blog or home or something featured in it some day.

I love being a vendor at Lucketts.  There was a time I thought I would have to shut down that part of my business, but when I took a break from it while I was working on the book, I really missed it.  I love shopping for things to resell and putting my stamp on them.  I love working on new pieces.  I really love interacting with other inspiring and creative vendors there and getting to meet with my readers and clients.  I want to get much better at the retail side of my business.  I’ve been in “reaction mode” since I started selling things and I want to get more efficient and on top of things.  I’m not sure how I’m going to do that, but I want to get better at being a vendor.  I hope to be able to go on bigger shopping trips, like to the endless yard sale, Brimfield, Junk Bonanza and…France.  (I am dreaming here, right?)

I love the idea of creating my own line some day.  A line of what?  I’m not sure.  Maybe furniture?  Accessories?  Fabric?  Again, I’m really open to how that idea transpires.  I do have a few specific ideas, but I’ll keep those on the DL for the moment.  I’m also really excited about the possibility of collaborating with someone else, but I have no idea who that is or what we would collaborate on.  I just like the idea of it.  This one feels most “pie-in-the-sky” to me right now, but so did the dream of writing a book…

I love encouraging others.  I really hope my book does well and that the success opens the door for opportunities to speak and/or teach workshops.  This blog has brought out a passion in me to encourage and inspire other women in DIY and their everyday lives and it would be so fun to do that in person sometimes.  I don’t want to become a jet-setter or road-warrior or whatever.  I don’t want a Miss Mustard Seed tour bus.  (That thought made me giggle.)  I just think it would be fun to speak/teach on occasion.

I have lots of other little dreams like laying hardwood floors in the addition of our home, successfully growing hydrangea bushes in our yard and hiring someone to do my laundry (kidding), but you don’t need to hear all about those.

I hope sharing some of my dreams publicly will keep me moving in the right direction and I hope they will be inspiring to you as well.  It’s OK to have big dreams, little dreams and everything in between.  I just think it’s important to dream and work in the direction of those dreams.

What are some of your dreams for the future?  Do you feel like they’re totally crazy?  Are you more afraid of success or failure?

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  1. MARY EGUIA says:

    My dream is to have my own textile line. Maybe so my fabric could cover some of your designs! Have a wonderful day!!!!!!

  2. Denise says:

    What a big surprise ! It is the best Easter gift I had ever received from you. That is why I love your blog because of your inspiration. I always look forward to reading your blog every day whenever I can. Speaking of dreams, I have been working for corporation for a long time and still working, I miss what I enjoy doing back then. I love DIY projects, sewing, painting, antiques and anything French. So, I am determined to start my blog soon. I am afraid of success than failure. I do not want to do a big thing but I want to do something very meaningful in my life. I have learned so much about my mother’s family . She is full bloodied French and lots of my relatives came from France and Canada. Yes, you will go to France !!! I want to go there as well. I have visited Canada a lot but not France, yet. Thank you so much for inspiration, and everything.. . . Almost done with a slipcover for a chair. three more to go!

  3. You know since I started reading your blog over a year ago, I have grown so much. Through your cheerleading efforts I have started blogging, opened my etsy shop, taken a beautiful art class and started creating. I recently started a small booth at a new store near my home. Guess what they asked me to do a art journal class for Mother’s day.
    If you would have asked me if I could have a acheived this last year I would have said no. But you and the other wonderful bloggers have encouraged me to grow. I have a new job and a new grandchild on the way. Much love to you Mariam, our dear friend. [email protected]

    • Miss Mustard Seed says:

      What a wonderful comment!! Big congratulations to you and your success. Enjoy that new grandbaby and all of your creative endeavors. :)

  4. Denise says:

    Here I am again. Just a few more thoughts. Yes, you do have talents, do not let them go away. Use whenever you can Lookg forward to seeing your space this incoming week. Blessings, Denise

  5. As you see, we love it when you speak from the heart! No different than from any other friend, I guess. I am always dreaming and thinking about “what if’s” and I’m saddened when I hear of those who don’t. I also know that times are pretty tough for many and sometimes survival trumps dreaming. All the more reason to be a DIY queen!

    Wishing you continued success,

  6. Isn’t it grand that we live in a country that we can express our hopes and dreams and know that we actually accomplish whatever we set our minds to…we can reach for the stars and actually become a shining star…our only obstacle would be ourselves…the older I get, the more I want to “dance”….

  7. Wendy says:

    I don’t know how but I stumbled on your blog one day by shear accident. I look forward to your daily post and envy your talent, style and ability to step our of your comfort zone. You come across as a true and humble woman with an overflow of creative juice and energy that your followers use as a source of inspiration . At times i find myself living vicariously through Miss Mustard Seed right down to the gallbladder extraction (circa 2009). Carry on and blaze the trail for those of us that are too timid to be the leader!

  8. I’m just a wee little blogger lost in blogland. I sure do look up to you! Keep dreaming big…

    • Miss Mustard Seed says:

      We all feel like that when we start out. I had just three followers when I first started my blog 2 1/2 years ago. Remember that even huge blogs start somewhere.

  9. You have provoked my thoughts…again. Afraid of success or failure more…gosh, I don’t know. As I think about it I have to wonder if I am even that far along. It might just be that I am most afraid to find out the answer to that question. My little introverted soul is most comfortable on the outside looking in. But you keep making the inside look so darned good!

  10. What perfect timing for this post! I was actually at Luckett’s on Friday and wished you might have been there for the day so I could meet you. Another time…

    I have 5-year-old twins, teach preschoolers full time (special ed.), blog every once in a while, and have my own stationery and gift business and website. I also love perusing thrift and antique stores for DIY projects and am loving refurbishing pieces in my own home with chalk paint. So, my dream is to be able to have a bigger plate to hold it all! 😉 Actually, I’d love to be able to work with my own business and DIY stuff full time. But in this economy, I have to rely on my full time job and a secure paycheck each month! Luckily I enjoy teaching, but pray daily that God will use me and put me where I need to be to serve Him, my family, and myself.

    Oh, and the hydrangea thing– it makes me mad!!! I have 2 bushes at my house from the previous owner that apparently bloomed like crazy. I’ve gotten maybe 2 blooms. But I have heard the best thing is to just leave them alone b/c pruning them at the wrong time kills the buds for next year. Hope that helps! 😉

  11. Brenda says:

    Greetings Marion! You are such an inspiration! I don’t blog. You have inspired me to purchase a rocker from Goodwill to recover. Have the paint/glaze and fabric…. FOR 11 MONTHS! I had planned on refinishing the rocker for pregnant daughter… grandbaby is a year old now! Oops!

    I have a great deal of stress in my life as I work full-time as an ICU-RN. I watch my adorable grandson on my days off. Not a lot of time for crafting. I read your blog every single day. I may not read the local newspaper… but, I don’t miss reading your blog. Loved you with Nate!

    I had my husband plant 3 hydrangeas today, red, white and blue…. I’m hoping for blooms next year :)

    God has placed you on the road you are traveling. Always remember, God has plans for us that are bigger than we can even imagine!

  12. Marian, how brave you are to share your dreams! I can’t say that I’m there yet. I have been reading blogs for over 5 years and have wanted to start one for that long. Only a few months ago did I finally do it. You are very inspiring! I love your style. It’s not like anyone else’s. It’s all your own and I think that is what makes you so unique and helps attract so many people. That and of course, you are a great writer! Hope you had a wonderful Easter with your family!

  13. Lydia Langston says:

    What a great post. Thank you so much. I have been reading you blog for three months and it has al re,ad inspired me to open a small antique store Maine Country Home. Thank you for your daily inspiration.

  14. JolieAnne says:

    Hi Miss M,

    I so enjoyed your Nate Show debut-you were awesome.
    that would be a dream-come-true for me!
    I also want to write a book, and I love home decor and
    styling. That is why I love blogs-but I am worried that
    real books will be a thing of the past with all the new
    tech things to read from-of the world! I really hope that
    libraries will not close or little shops will not be extinct due
    to so much on-line reading and shopping! I know I sound
    like a little old lady with old fashioned views-not at all true…
    but I want some things to remain within our reach! I can’t
    wait to see what you do next! All the best to you!

  15. Hi Marian,
    Thank you for sharing. I love your blog and it was one of the first ones I started following. I look forward to more video tutorials and the book. I also dream of getting to the bigger antiques shows like Brimfield, Marburger, France and Belgium. Don’t know how I would get anything shipped to Alberta Canada, but it is nice to dream.

  16. I love it when you post your thoughts on the future…your dreams and goals (past and present). It helps me to know that you, though you are living your dreams, still have more dreams and ideas that you want to do. Dreaming never stops once you’ve attained something wonderful. I would be happy if I attained the goals that you already have attained! But, I love how you say that you no longer fear trying something new and if it works, great. I need a little more of that attutude. Sometimes my fears stop me from doing things.

    Thanks for your honest and friend-to-friend way of writing…you always give me great ideas and, most importantly, ease me into a healthier attitude toward life.


  17. Hi Marian,

    Loved your post on your Goals and Dreams! Its amazing how someones talent is found going thru life and just pushing forward doing what you love. I became an Interior Designer later in life still looking for what I wanted to do when I grew up. I was always looking for something to do that I could stay home and be a Mom and work around my life and what was important to me. After watching many hours of HGTV I started doing so many projects around the house and really loved painting. I loved going out to all the Yard sales around my town looking for furniture to paint. Then started selling it on Craigs list and one thing lead to another and now have two Vintage Home Decor shops with 38 wonderful Consignors at each shop……Now also selling Paint . Now my daughter has grown and has finished College. I am putting more time into what I love doing and soon it will help my husband and I find a comfortable Retirement. Truthfully don’t think I can ever truly retire as I am doing all that I love!

    Our shops also feature a “Ladies Shopping Trip to Provence” every year visiting the flea Markets & Locations for inexpensive French Antiquaties …….Marian maybe you would like to come join us sometime! We go with a gal that was born and raised in U.S.. but has lived in Paris and Provence for 20 years.

    Thanks, for sharing your inspiration to the world !!

  18. Dear Marion,
    I love your story, it makes me hopeful! I think you should definitely create a DIY video series. I started one last November on youtube and it has been the most rewarding thing that I have ever done! After many years of auditions and almost getting cast on HGTV I was ready to give up but God saved my dream.
    I thought I needed to hire an editor and get a bunch of expensive equipment, and go back to school to learn how to host my own show.
    The reality is, I shoot my videos with my phone, and learned how to edit from the classes they offer at Apple, being on camera is just a matter of practice. Now I cherish every follower and comment that comes my way. I have lots of pie in the sky dreams too and from watching you, I know that if they are meant to be they will happen.
    Thank you for sharing your talent with all of us.
    Debi Beard

  19. Honestly — I don’t think I’m afraid of failure… But I know(feel) like everything hinges on $money$ to get started. We are not in a position to start up anything new. Perhaps faith & trust are my biggest issues? =/

  20. I truly enjoyed this blog post today. 7 months ago I opened my quaint shop in my hometown. My focus is refurbishing and repurposing dated wooden furniture. I surprisingly branched out to add lots of refurbished ‘smalls’ and they go like hotcakes! Recently, I have been asked on several occasions what I was going to do down the road….as in my ‘business goals’. Well, I didn’t have any answers and was frustrated at myself that I overlooked the one thing I SHOULD HAVE HAD DONE, going into my business venture….a plan. My father pushes me to ‘go big’. He has many suggestions (as most fathers do, I’m sure, lol). Honestly, I am happy with my little shop that I kind of struggle at times to keep full for my dedicated customers.

    I’ve followed you for some time, watching your new achievements and admiring you. I recall you talking about when it came to the point where you had to get some help with refinishing things. I really think I am at that point now. I foresee those achievements coming my way and I have mixed emotions. I am always up for a challenge but I have to admit I don’t want to jump and fail. I still am awe struck almost daily at the compliments and repeat customers that come in almost daily. I just keep thinking I should JUST ENJOY THIS RIDE, but I can’t help think that what I am doing can be a phase and what will I do next?! Thoughts are constantly in my head.

    Sorry this became longer than expected. Looking forward to hearing your next ‘steps’ in your venture.

    • Miss Mustard Seed says:

      Your comment resonates with me so much. I often find myself scratching my head wondering why so many people like my stuff. Seriously. I’ve thought about posting about it, but I don’t want it to come across like I don’t believe in myself or like false modesty. I’m surrounded by very talented ladies at Lucketts and in this blog world and I sometimes wonder how I fit into it all. I do think there are times you just have to enjoy the ride. That’s why my word for this year is celebrate. It’s not because I feel like I’m in a big celebration, but because I feel like I need to be reminded to celebrate. It sounds like you need that reminder, too. Enjoy your sucess. Celebrate it. And take it as far as you want to go.

      Big hugs to you, Amy. We’re two peas in a pod for sure.

  21. You are such an inspiration. I currently work full time as an educational consultant traveling across the country. I love my work, but my true passion comes in that which I do at home. I love to decorate on a dime, clean, organize, cook and provide for those that I love. After spending some significant time in blog land with no blog of my own, I decided to launch my own site. I’m scared and excited. Can this little gal’s dream come true? How will I learn the ropes? How will I get follows? So much going on in my mind. For now, I just move in blind faith!

    Thanks for inspiring me!

  22. MIchelle J says:

    I love that you are so open to share your dreams and aren’t afraid to share them – no matter how big or small! You inspire me and I love reading your blog! Love it all!

  23. It’s very interesting to hear where you started and how far you’ve come. My dream is just to get to where you started. It sort of looks like I’m on my way there, at least locally.

  24. I have visited your blog daily for over a year now. You have inspired me! I have finally started my own blog and I do have some dreams. Some BIG and some little. Thanks for the encouragement. I hope to encourage others along the way as well!

  25. Pam @ The Garden Room says:

    I’am so glad I get to end my day with you and all you do. Yes, I to have pie-in-sky dreams. I have always wanted my own business and six years ago I opened The Garden Room, in an mall setting like Lucketts. I started in a space 5X10, have moved around six times and how have just under 2000 sq. feet. It’s not what I had planned but it is perfect for me at this point in my life. I can come and go as I please, don’t have the overhead and all the headacks and I can go to the Worlds Longest Yardsale which I have done twice and I am planning to go agin this year. Would love to start a blog and share what I do, but have no clue how that’s to come, also want to start selling on line so I need a web page that’s next. I’m sure you are thinking omg those should have been first. I’m old school not computer savey at all. I just need to find the right people to help and guide me in the right direction. I to hope to just keep learning and growing and know I am blessed.

    Thanks for inspiring me…

  26. Angelin says:

    You are such an inspiration! I love reading your posts and your segment on TV was great! I have big dreams of having my own crafting business and I am planning to start my own blog soon. Thanks for sharing your life with your readers!

  27. You are such an inspiration to me! Because of you I opened my own retail space in an antique mall, and I’ve been loving it so far. Keep up the good work, following your dreams, and creating new goals! I can’t wait to see your book.

  28. Marian, I really like the bus tour idea! You could paint the bus with AS chalk paint! Okay, maybe your little guys need you more than we need the bus tour, but seriously, you have inspired me to dream again. Your wonderful barn wedding last summer is part of my dream- I want to own a small hobby farm and use it as a community venue for weddings and all kinds of other events like antique markets. I’ll grow walnuts, honey, sheep, antiques and brides! I love watching to see what happens next for you- I hope you’ll always keep blogging.

  29. Melinda says:

    I yearn for a chance to illustrate and write Christian children’s books and to get published. I am afraid that I won’t make it and this is all a pipe dream. I can’t even keep up on the laundry, dishes, dusting, and grocery shopping.
    Yet, I do love reading your blogs in the morning, cause I feel so inspired for the rest of the day!
    Thank you Miss Mustard Seed!

  30. This was great!! Thank you for keeping everything so real! I definitely am afraid of success. I am so horrible in speaking situations or crowds. I don’t think I’ll get to that point, but it does scare me. I LOVE to write. I almost quit my blog in the last couple of weeks just because it hasn’t grown much and I spend so much time linking up to places and the computer is so slow. Did you do a lot of linking up? I finally felt: my kids are my life right now: they need me and their complaints at how much I’m on the computer is enough. Perhaps someday I can go back to blogging. But I missed it. I missed the writing. So this week, I didn’t link to anything, well, except yours tonight. It was so nice to just write again, although I only posted twice. I hope to maintain two posts each week: that’s easy enough to handle. I feel like I’ve tried to be something else in my blog than who I am. I can face failure: can analyze when I see something isn’t growing anymore that “okay, this may not be what I am meant to spend my time doing.” Not everyone is good at everything. I have a small nursery and every year my plant sales have doubled…I know THAT is worth working for. That taste of success and sharing my love of plants with others is soooo rewarding. I do a Christmas open house craft sale and always make well above my goal. So I feel that is so rewarding and worth it. My blog has not been, but I still love it for myself. Is that crazy or what?! :) So I figure I’ll cut back on the idea of making some money from it and just do it with less frazzle just because I love it and because it has been good: for making friends and for getting my house in shape/projects done. There is no waste of time if something is a good thing…and even if it isn’t a “success”, in a way, it has been. :) I am so happy for you! It’s so fun to see you on your ride…and you do well with how you handle it. It is nice to be able to honestly say, “I am so happy for you…and I’m finally happy with where I am at.” It’s a nice place to be. :)

    • Miss Mustard Seed says:

      Thank you for such an honest comment. I think it’s so easy to get caught up in the numbers when blogging, that it’s easy to lose yourself in them. There was a time I was getting really stressed out about staying in the top ten, or keeping my Alexa ranking below a certain number. I started to think of posts that I thought would increase the traffic. I finally realized that my blog is about me, my business and what I’m doing and I don’t need to invent content to try to grow numbers. I just need to write about what I’m doing and let the numbers do what they’re going to do.

      Maybe you should write about your gardening and your open house and your children. Things that are important to you that are going on in your life and just see what happens… :)

  31. Rhonda says:

    I am afraid of success – I haven’t had it. I know failure – I’ve had alot. But, I have spent the last 4 days in Blogland and reading all of these inspirational women has COMPLETELY changed my outlook! It started with ‘myrepurposedlife’ and her tutorials on building and repairing furniture, lots in between, and now you …. I have spent the last 3 hours reading your stories and I am in such awe! Knowing that having BIG dreams is not just a dream, they can come true. I have been struggling for 2 years after losing my job because of a head injury. I lost a huge income and not being able to go back into the high paced work force, I was faced with what to do with my life. I am 47 and all of our children are grown and having families. I have been collecting for 10 years and have always known (somewhere in my heart) that all this would come to fruition some day! But, I never dreamed how. I have 4 garages, 1 big barn, another building and a grain bin FULL of furniture, doors, windows, architectural pieces, antique mirrors, spindals ….. waiting for me to love them and give them a new home. I have had the dream, just not the inspiration or ambition. Luckily, after my head injury, my husband is now on track and supportive of my ideas and slowly I have sold some pieces and am starting to see some income. But now that I have found your site, along with some of the others, I feel like I have what I needed to push me over the edge and on to great things! I knew God was sticking with me for a reason! Thank you all for spilling your hearts to those of us who need to hear it!

  32. Dear Marion,
    I cannot put into words- other than Thank You.
    I cannot get passed the first 3 paragraphs of this post. I am so overwhelmed and feel that I landed on your blog this morning, as a confirmation for something the Lord has been hatching in my heart. And when I read your second paragraph to hubby, ( when he found me all teary-eyed staring at the computer screen) he said When did You blog about this’? :)
    I look forward to get to know you through your blog. I look forward to your book.
    In the meantime, while I am still overwhelmed and can’t put two sentences together,
    Just Thank YOU.
    Valentina in faraway Cyprus

  33. Katia Galárraga says:

    Love your blog, and I think you honestly share things. You don’t have reservations on sharing all you know. You stare it all. Thanks for you sincerity and great. Ideas. I see can see and feel your pssion in all you do. Thank you for sharing.

  34. This is inspiring. I think I’ll write about my “dreams” too, and maybe they’ll become closer to reality, just like you and your paint line! Congrats!

  35. I think it’s awesome that you’re putting your dreams out there, like this. I would say there is in fact, a bit of ‘warrior-ness about it. You’ll be going to France – at the rate you’re going, probably sooner than you expect! What a wonderful aspiration, by the way. On a more practical note, it might be time for you to consider delegating. It appears you’re doing it all yourself but Miss Mustard Seed is growing so fast… Congratulations on all your successes and I wish you great good luck for the future. You truly are an inspiration. Debra

  36. I can’t remember how I stumbled upon your blog but I’ve been so inspired to dream again, THANK YOU! May God continue to bless you, your family and the work you do! :)

  37. Wow, what a humble post!! I loved reading it and it is very encouraging. Thank you so much for your generous spirit of sharing literally everything from your tried and true techniques in your tutorials to your business ideas shared in your blog posts, etc. As a mom with one in college, a senior in high school, a freshman in high school and my youngest who will be in sixth grade this year and is our special angel with down syndrome, my interior design degree has been on the back burner for many years. I’ve always enjoyed refinishing, refurbishing, and reupholstering old furniture for the same reasons you have and I’ve run an antique booth at a local antique store when time allowed. Your story is so inspiring and my dreams may not all be fulfilled, but it is fun to dream and imagine the possibilities and put it in God’s hands. In the mean time, I rejoice in your continued success. May God shine on you and be your shield when you need protection. “For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does He withhold from those whose walk is blameless.” Psalm 84:11


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