Yesterday I was looking through some photos for an upcoming Bainbridge Blues blog post for spring . . .
and I came across this bike photo taken by the very talented Michael Jardine of Qamera.
It literally stopped me in my tracks . . .
You see – this photo means so much more to me than just a photo of a vintage bike!
For me . . .
it represents leaving the corporate world which I dearly loved at the time . . .
to follow my dreams and start a business where I could be closer to my son.
It represents hard work . . . and dedication to those dreams
to the paths I have chosen to take . . . and to my journey ahead.
The funny thing is . . .
at the time I bought this bike for the Bainbridge Blues shop – I paid way too much for it.
But it never bothered me – as some how I knew it had a special meaning.
Each day . . .
I would wheel this bike out in front of the Bainbridge Blues shop . . .
and we would display gifts and flowers in a big basket on the front of it.
It was a sign to our customers – that we were open for the day.
I simply loved that little shop, and the memories shared with friends and customers . . .
and sometimes – I miss it more than any of you would ever know or imagine!!
That said . . .
my dreams are still here as I continue down this winding road we call life . . .
Bainbridge Blues is now a wholesale textile company
that I share equally with my two good friends and business partners Fran and Mudge.
And now . . . well – I just need to find this old bike . . .
and perhaps give it a face lift and paint it a different color . . . hmmmm . . .
Peace and love to all of you!!
xoxo – liz
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photo by Michael Jardine / Qamera