I’m definitely not one to let my fears show and it’s undeniably a subject I like to avoid, pretending my fears don’t exist. I’m strong and resilient and generally I deal with those fears head on by and doing whatever it is that makes me uncomfortable. But here we are in a world of unknowns. I’m faced with having to be vulnerable and admit out-loud, that I am scared.

I’m scared that I won’t be able to pull my business through the other side of this.

Scared of what will happen to my staff who have dedicated so much time and poured so much love into the store.

Scared of the loss or natural disintegration of relationships that I’ve worked so hard to nourish.

Scared of potentially having to give up things that bring me so much joy.

Scared of what is next.

But then I remember, I’m not unique, I’m not alone, and we are all in this together. We all have fears that are legitimate and valid. But fear will not win. It is simply motivation. And rest assured, I’m going to fight like hell. If history is any indicator of my determination, I will get through this. We will get through this.

Let’s acknowledge the fear, get gritty, get creative, learn from this and seize the opportunities that this virus will present. I promise there will be good that comes from this. It may be hard to see but there are no rainbows without rain.

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