Do you dream of running your own LNS/ONS? If so, tell us about your dream. If not, tell us about your cross stitch dream… maybe you dream of designing, dyeing your own floss or fabric, etc.
This is going to sound like a disgruntled old Maxine-type. I've worked all my life, and I'm a domestic goddess now and have no intention of doing much of anything except exactly what I wanna do for the rest of my life. I've had an unbelievably difficult time in this life, and I have nothing left for anyone but my family, my cats, and my hobbies. If I sound selfish, it's because I'm spent, worn out, and I'm no longer young enough to put up with much out of anyone outside my increasingly smaller circle of friends and family. My Internet friends are right up there with my circle of friends. I enjoy going to my LNS and bantering with the gals there, but I have no desire to have anything requiring discipline, balancing books, pleasing the public, etc. I've owned two businesses, and it's a thankless job. Everyone thinks you're rolling in the $$$, and nothing could be further from the truth. You have to work your backend off, which is why mine has grown since I left the working world. I'd rather stay at home and eat ice cream than work my butt off for nothing. I'm always nice to clerks and owners of the businesses at which I enjoy shopping. Their jobs are hard work, and some people expect a lot and reward them by being ungrateful and rude. I've had enough of that. I won't go down in history as a great entrepreneur, and I don't give a hoot. Family comes first. If my grandkids remember me with a smile, I will have done my best job well.