Taking a leap of faith: Celebrating with FTD Flowers

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This post is sponsored by FTD Flowers. Thoughts and opinions are my own.

Something super exciting has happened in the Jones house.

This thing that happened, well it’s been in the works for a while now and there have been many a long nights and days working on its completion this last year.

There’s been many a times when we wondered if we were doing the right thing, but in the end we were confident it was the best move for our family and are so proud and excited about what we accomplished and what the future has in store.

But before I let y’all in on this exciting news, I want to give you a little bit of a back story on how we got here in the first place.

About 7 years ago, Bryan and I had been married for a little over a year when we took a huge leap of faith and bought a small business named Knick Knacks. Knick Knacks is a 20,000 sq ft antique mall that leases booths to local vendors.

Bryan’s family started this store when he was in elementary school, and when we were in college, his mom went back to school to be a nurse while also still running the store. When she graduated and got a nursing job, the store needed a lot of attention but she wanted to focus on her nursing career. She decided to list the store for sale because she would not be able to do both long-term.

At this time we were young newlyweds at 23, we just bought our first house, and were still figuring out our life and what we wanted to be doing career-wise. But Bryan saw huge potential with it, and after many many long discussions we decided to take the risk and buy the store from his mom. There were so many unknowns, but the most nerve racking part of buying this business was making a personal guarantee on the lease for the building. Five year lease totaling north of a half million dollars in rent to the building owner…such a scary notion for two twenty-three year old’s!

Bryan has always had an entrepreneur spirit, (read about all his ambitious and unique jobs in our intro story) and wanted to start his own business at some point. Because Knick Knacks was already well established in the community and with its vendors, it seemed like it a great opportunity with lots of potential and room for growth.

To really make it run the way we wanted it to and take it to the next level, we knew it needed a lot of time and money put towards it. So, we took another huge leap of faith and sold our house that we had just bought, Bryan quit his day job, we moved in with my parents, and we put everything we had towards buying and fixing up the store. It was a big gamble for us and I think a lot of our friends and family thought we were crazy to take it on. But we were confident we could turn it into a profitable business and it would be worth it!

There were a LOT of ups and downs, especially at the beginning, and a lot of sweat and tears that went into it those first couple of years. It was a huge learning curve to figure out what worked and what didn’t, but we kept going and slowly but surely it started making a profit, sales were going up and we realized we made the right decision by taking a chance on such an enormous project. It felt so rewarding to know that as a newlywed couple, we took on something that was equally as risky as it was challenging and even though there we lots of hard times along the way, we worked hard together to build it into something bigger than we could’ve ever imagined.

Once we got things running smoothly, we were able to take more of a back seat, Bryan went back to work for the company he worked for previously, and we were also growing our family of two into a family of five.

After a few years, we started having other ideas on what we could invest in or other businesses we could start. Bryan has always wanted to buy and flip homes and/or have rent houses, and it seemed the best side gig for him since he is in the construction business. His dad also owned a couple of apartments that he would help with growing up, and it’s always been something he wanted to do himself one day.

I also started a side business of staging homes for realtors. It started out as something we just did on occasion, but has really picked up the last year along with offering e-design services and starting a home and style blog. Bryan was moving up in his company too and his new position was much more demanding, and adding three kids to the mix, and it was hard keeping up with it all.

It was difficult to focus on our new business ideas when we barely had time to keep up with the business we already had. Even though the store was running smoothly, we felt we weren’t able to give it all the attention it deserved, and didn’t want it going downhill because of that.

Bryan and I started talking about what our long term goals were and what we were really passionate about work and business-wise. We knew that we wanted to explore some other opportunities, especially in areas that we have more of an interest in, like staging and house flipping.

It was a hard decision to make, but we decided it was best to try and sell our store so that we could fully pursue our other business ideas and passions.

After working on this sale for almost a year, it finally was completed last month. It’s hard to describe the feeling of letting go of something that was such a big part of our family, but also the joy and excitement of starting fresh with new upcoming projects and goals.

I am SO excited for my staging and e-design business and taking it to the next level, and also pumped for Bryan to be able to start projects he’s been dreaming about since he was a kid and finally bringing those to life.

FTD Flowers invited me to join them in their campaign of “We Can Arrange That” which celebrates any and all special moments we have in our lives with a delivery of beautiful flowers handcrafted by your local florist.

Any occasion you are celebrating, whether big or small, FTD florists can create the perfect arrangement for what you are wanting to say. And if y’all know me, you know that flowers are my favorite way of expressing thoughtful sentiments to the ones I love.

FTD Flowers We Can Arrange That Congratulations Flowers

FTD Flowers We Can Arrange That Congratulations Flowers

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FTD Flowers We Can Arrange That Congratulations Flowers

FTD Flowers We Can Arrange That Congratulations Flowers

FTD Flowers We Can Arrange That Flower Delivery

FTD Flowers We Can Arrange That Flower Delivery

We took an enormous leap of faith when we took on Knick Knacks all those years ago, and now we are taking another leap of faith by letting go. Taking on new exciting adventures that we enjoy and find so rewarding seemed like the perfect moment to celebrate our family and the goals and dreams we are chasing.

Have there been rewarding leaps of faith you’ve taken as a family? What big moments have you celebrated lately? I’d love to hear all about them!

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15 thoughts on “Taking a leap of faith: Celebrating with FTD Flowers

  1. Hi, Merichelle. This is my first visit to your blog, and it seems that I picked just the right post! Having read this, I feel as if I (to some appreciable degree) know your journey. Further, I feel a kinship in that I, too, took a leap of faith when I was about 40. I invested in a new business that really took off after lots of blood, sweat, and tears. After a serious back injury some 9 years later, I had to make the leap to sell my business to a person who over the years since has become a friend. In the interim I started a less physically demanding tablescaping business that has flourished. Now laying here in bed just 3 weeks after my third spine surgery in as many years, I am once again contemplating selling and moving on. I’ve said all this to say that I commend your bravery. Sometimes we are faced with changes and challenges that seem bigger than any mountain we could possibly climb. That leap of faith is just as described: jumping head first into the unknown armed with little more than the faith that we will somehow make it. It’s always tough, but HOW we approach it decides our fate. I wish you and your family a happy new year that brings with it the faith and strength to forge ahead with your head up, eyes open, and mind clear and peaceful. You and me…girl, we’ve GOT this!!! Happy New Year!

    1. Wow so glad you found my post Alycia! I can’t imagine going through all of that! It’s so hard letting go of something you worked so hard for and put so much time and effort into. That being said, it also is such a freeing feeling to move past something that you know isn’t bringing you joy anymore, or can’t give all of yourself to anymore. I wish you all the best with your current situation and decision, and know that in the end, deciding what’s best for YOU will always be the right answer! We do got this!!! 🙂

    2. Whoa! I have absolutely zero recollection of writing this!!! I was so heavily drugged for several weeks post op and don’t remember much. I just read your post again, though, and I was spot on. Would’ve said the same exact thing had I been lucid!!! Scary on one hand because now I worry what else I might have written that I can’t recall, but encouraging on the other hand as it would seem that no matter the condition of my thought process I am able to speak from the heart. Wow. Just…wow! Thank you for replying to me as I might ever have known otherwise. Blessings to you as you lay the foundation for a new chapter in the story of your life. Happy February!

  2. Merichelle!! I LOVED reading this post! Learned so much about you and your business history. Sending you SO much love and well wishes on your new journey ahead!

  3. I am so excited for you all and your new adventures! Congratulations on selling your business! I loved the beautiful flowers too!

  4. Congratulations! That is so exciting that you have moved on to your next venture. I’m sure letting go of knick knacks was difficult (that place sounds like heaven to me!) but I’m very excited to see where FTD takes you. A leap of faith is always worth it 🙂

  5. Congratulations!! I can imagine you guys really wrestled with this decision, but sometimes we have to let things go to make room for the new!! I wish you guys all the love and luck as you chase new dreams!!

  6. Congratulations! Best of luck with your new adventure! You know…it is the same for me and Rich. We took a risk buying the business, we took our own leap of faith! So far it has been fun and we can’t wait to get to Dallas! Our regards to Bryan!

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