If Not Now, When?

I don't really know when I had the light bulb moment. It may have been after spending my third weekend in a row in a corner at CC's Coffee House and really missing my lazy Sunday nap. Or, it may have been just a way to  procrastinate sending those dang save-the-dates out. I'm not really sure, but at some point I decided to just go for it. Take a leap. Take the risk Try to open my own business the same year I'm getting married. And working full time. Other people do it. I have the same amount of hours in a day as Beyonce, right? This is worth a shot, right? The truth is, I've given a lot of thought to Annie and I's timeline for SoSis. She has two sweet baby girls, I'm planning a wedding. She has Annie Claire Designs, I have FUSE. She wants to open her own business, I do too. Life doesn't look like it's slowing down any time soon for either of us and honestly, is there ever a perfect time? A few months ago, after completing our business plan and talking about this potential new business for more than a year, Annie and I had a heart-to-heart. I remember the day like it was yesterday. We met for lunch at Roly Poly (trying to be healthy). I wanted to talk to her and really gauge where SoSis (at the time, our name was "online boutique" - real original) was going and what our timeframe was. We both pushed each other's hot buttons. The conversation went a little something like:
Me: "Alright sis, are we doing this or what?" Annie: "We're doing it, but with your wedding coming up, do we want to wait a little bit?" Me: "Yeah, maybe so, but really, life isn't slowing down for you either. Maybe we can start to really work towards it." Annie: "I want to do it, I'm just scared to death." Me: "Me too."
Both of us agreed. What the hell, let's go for it. If not now, when? Simple conversations like this one in Roly Poly brings us here, two days out from the launch of shopsosis.com. It's because I have a partner that I want to work with more than anyone else. It's because we both have a support system that cheers us on in every possible way. It's because we're determined to do whatever it takes to make this work. The time is now.  I hope our hard work will be obvious to you and I hope you're ready for October 9th. I know we are. I'm also ready for a lazy Sunday nap....one day.        


  • Karen Aucoin

    Paw Paw Mike and I are soooo proud of you two and wishing you all the best!

  • Shelia

    Girls. You’ve come a long way since supper club when u were students at LSU. I
    Can’t wait to do Christmas shopping at SoSis.
    Geaux for it!!!

  • Mom

    I’m proud to say I’m one of your biggest cheerleaders because I know you will both succeed in this endeavor!! Ya’ll have the drive and determination!! Makes me a very proud Mom!!! Go you southern sisters!! I’m soo proud of you both. Love, Mom

  • Annie Claire Bass

    Best boss ever!! I love you sister.

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