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If she can do it... why can't I?

If she can do it, why can’t I?

I met one of my greatest friends and biggest mentors roughly 3 years ago. We didn’t become good friends until a year later. Today, she’s one of my most trusted confidants and biggest supporters.

Gale Nation was larger than life to me. The first time I saw her in person, and not just on the internet, was at Vintage Market Days of St Louis. I went there specifically to seek her out. I’d been watching her and her business via social media and I knew I wanted a business like hers. She has a rabid following, spends her life doing what she loves and has a booming business making art for a living.

Yes. To. All. Of. That.

So Chris and I went, children and pregnant belly in tow and I found her. At this point in my life, the very beginning of my business, I was painfully shy and very unsure of myself. Walking up to a stranger and saying, “Hi! I’m Heather and I own the Button Buck.” was terrifying. A stranger I admired...even worse. I knew she would know of me once I told her what my business was because we had interacted online and were vendors in one of the same stores. Still scary.

I meandered around her booth and eventually worked up the courage to say hello. She did, in fact, know of me and was as gracious and friendly as I could’ve hoped for.

Why did I feel the need to drive 45 minutes to simply say hi to an internet stranger in person?

Because I was a baby handmade business owner and I needed to lay eyes on someone who was doing what was buried deep in my heart as a dream. I needed to make her real and tangible.

Because if she can do it, why can’t I?

In the last two years we’ve grown an unbreakable friendship. We share our high and low moments. We cheer each other on. We vent and strategize together.

I’ve built and pivoted my business over the course of these two years into something unrecognizable and something I never thought it would be. But I always thought, deep down, that it was possible because “if she can do it, why can’t I?”

So many women I know have dreams in their hearts and they don’t pursue them because they don’t believe in themselves enough. It doesn’t seem possible that they could make the impossible real.

Do you want to run a half marathon? Own a farm with miniature animals and have a pumpkin patch every year? Roll into your 40th birthday in the best shape of your life? Write a book?

Highly unlikely you want those dreams 👆, because those are all my dreams.

BUT I’m here to tell you, whatever your dream is, you can absolutely do it.

Because if Gale can do it, why can’t you? If I can do it, why can’t you? We are just normal people, making a living doing what we love, because we went after it.

If we can do it, why can’t you?

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