Spirited Mama: backing my dreams

Written by kim cotton on . Posted in all, On Attitude & Adventure, Spirited Mamas, Uncategorized

Spirited Mama profileHaving the courage to back your dreams … 

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?

Comments (16)

  • Kylez @ A Study in Contradictions

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    Oh my gosh, everything in your shop is just gorgeous! I love, love, love the hats! I have been looking for a new hat for Punky, do they come any smaller. She’s only 17 months so I’m not sure if they would fit her. Must measure her head when she gets home from daycare.

    Good work backing yourself and following your dreams. I need to take a leaf out of your book. There are a few things that I would love to do but just haven’t had the guts to push myself and just do it and I think I really should just go for it and stop being so lazy!

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    • kim

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      Thanks so much – i think a lot of it is about timing but I think we all follow dreams in some way or another.

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  • Veronica @ Mixed Gems

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    I really admire that you are doing this. Your site is really inspirational because you are. You are following your passion. I need to break through my personal barriers (whatever they are), find and follow mine. I’m really pleased to read your inspiring and thought provoking writing too. It’s honest and I love how you “believe wholeheartedly education changes lives. This gives me hope.” Me too. Your entire “About Me” page speaks to me too. (and I don’t mean to sound stalkerish!) Wishing you all the success in the world with your new venture, Kim!

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    • kim

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      Thanks Veronica – you are highly inspiring!! and I really appreciate your comments, kimx

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  • Vanessa @ babblingbandit.me

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    Hi Kim. The new site is beautiful and so are the items you have in your store. I’ve been to Paris three times and absolutely loved it. I would love to see more of France one day.

    I’ll definitely come back to the store when I need to get any baby pressies. V.

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    • kim

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      Hi Vanessa – thanks for your encouraging words – i’ll come to France with you! 🙂

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  • Laney | Crash Test Mummy

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    I’ve followed you to your new home via IBOT. It looks fantastic! I’m so glad you’ve backed yourself to follow your dreams. It’s not always easy to take that leap of faith, but you have to believe in yourself, right?

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    • kim

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      Too right, and no it’s not always easy. Thanks for the visit x

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  • Grace

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    Beautiful stuff, my dear! Can’t wait to follow you on this exciting journey!

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    • kim

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      Thanks Gracie xxx

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  • Zanni Louise

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    I absolutely love your new blog design! Amazing!! x

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    • kim

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      Thanks Zanni. I love your blog too xx

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  • Kirsty @ My Home Truths

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    Good on you for following your dreams and backing yourself. I really wish I had the strength to do the same. All the best with your new endeavour!

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    • kim

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      Thank you!! I think we all follow our dreams – we just do it in different ways x

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  • older mum in a muddle

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    I think these are absolutely gorgeous. Just beautiful, and I wish you the very best with it. I think it’s wonderful you are taking a chance on your dreams – sending you lots of good vibes! X.

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  • Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit

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    This is so cool. Now I totally get the comment you left me on my blog post about taking risks and jumping outside the comfort zone.
    Your concept (your dream) is awesome!!
    I am in love with this website ..
    Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit

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