I knew for quite some time that changes were coming. I felt the shift long before the idea actually came to my mind, but I never shared what was going on. Then, a couple weeks ago I was talking to my friend Katrice about it and she put the words together perfectly. This transition is organic. It isn’t forced or something catastrophic, it just happened.
You are probably wondering what transition I am talking about. I am closing Shop ICB.
First, before anyone says, “Oh, money must be funny” or something of that nature–it’s nothing like that. Actually, this has been Shop ICB’s most profitable year since launch. I knew since probably April that I was going to be shutting down the boutique.
Things started going a different route in my life that I did not expect. Instead, I noticed a different path that I have always been on but never truly realized.
I am a giver. I love helping. Being a source of information is something I want to do. A couple weeks ago, I finally told friends about what I was doing. Yes, that’s how super secretive I was about this. I did not want my decision to be swayed by anyone. Nothing can change the decision that has been made or the path that I am taking.
You are probably wondering when the last day is. It is 12/7/13. December 7th happens to be my favorite say of the year. It’s actually my dad’s birthday, but for the last 7 or so years, I cant beginning to even tell you all the great things that have happened on that day for me. So, that is the last day you will be able to shop ICB.
What am I going to do instead? Well, Myriah and I will be turning Imperfect Concepts into a website for the creative entrepreneur. As you know, I am an avid reader of books, magazines and blogs, but I feel the creative female entrepreneur gets the short end of the stick. The same stories are being told over and over on different mediums but no real guidance is being given. No real truths.
As you remember last week I put a call out for contributors here. In addition to that, I have lined up some amazing women to write for the site. I don’t want some writer who has never been through what you are going through. I loathe advice from people who have never been through the struggle or actuality of a situation, but feel they know it all because they don’t.
We will have newbie business owners contribute to business owners who have been in the game 20 years and built multi-million dollar empires. We will talk your health, finance, legal, and more.
I am very thankful to have ran a business for 5 years and do all the great things I have done. Some people never make it to this mark, so I celebrate that. I am super excited for what is in store. Like I said in the contributor post, an Imperfect Concepts 2.0 will be launching soon. Yes we are keeping the name. The name is me and it still works. You have a concept of what you want to do. It might be imperfect but you have a concept.
Maria Forelo even talked about how she walked away from a business that was making her millions. It happens everyday. We must be tuned into ourselves. Listen to what we are actually saying. This is how we grow.
If you are ready to join me on this journey, I welcome you with open arms. Literally, this happens to be one of the best decisions I have made in life. I’m thrilled to take it up a notch.