It was in France when I was searching for an epiphany, searching for some way to reconcile my dream of travelling and spending more time with my daughter.
We’d been to a tonne of toy shops in Paris to meandre and gaze and laugh … then I came across a small toy shop in the small rustique village of Les Gets deep in the Haute Savoie – the French Alps. It was here I met my first Schlumpeter mobile – the little prince fishing for a star. He was suspended from the ceiling and he immediately captured my imagination. I then met Marguerite, Rose Bud, Aladdin, Aviator, Boat Boy and the rest.
Later, as I also sat suspended like a mobile on a chairlift heading quietly up a snowy mountain to try and ski off all the amazing food i’d been eating via an infamous black run and my epiphany came.
Being in France, I’d been asking myself how Coco Chanel did it. How did an apparent orphan who at one time struggled to pay her rent turn her life around and become a knockout success? How? She took a risk and backed herself.
Just over a year later I opened the French Heart Store because I gave myself the chance to back myself
It’s still a work in progress, and conjures feelings of great excitement and a bit of terror too. I don’t know where it will lead. If it could give me flexibility to pick up my daughter from school it would be fantastic. If it opens a door to write about spirited parenting, meet beautiful people, travel some, and get lost in idea of making dreams for children and grown ups just that little more special then what a View Postwonderful thing it is – to back your dreams.
How do you back your dreams?