How many times have you said, “I would never do that”? Or other common “I will never” statements, like “I would never let my child…”, “My child would never…” or, one we often hear in real estate, “We are never moving again!” Fortunately, that last one doesn’t prove to be true very often – I have moved some “I will never move again” clients over six times!
Somehow, we continue to use this extreme language, and often, it turns out to be entirely untrue. Speaking for myself alone, I cannot count how many times I have promised to never undertake another major project, and specifically to never open a restaurant, a business I just don’t have a lot of experience with.
Fast forward to several months ago when I heard that the jewelry store next to my real estate office was closing down, and I found myself wondering what our future neighbor would be like. And whether I might be able to get a good cup of coffee from them.
Initially, I considered expanding the real estate office, and then I decided that it would be a great challenge to start a new business that would be an exciting addition to the area, that would make the most of that great corner spot, and that would allow us to give something back to the community.
And so, Lovebeans Coffeehouse – the restaurant I said I would never open – began to materialize. With it came the worry that I had bitten off more than I could chew, especially when combined with my 12-14 hour days in real estate. But alas, I love a good project, and nothing deters me once I have made up my mind. Besides, what a wonderful place for me to meet up with my friends, neighbors, and clients.
As the grand opening of our exciting new project grows nearer, I must admit that there have been moments when I wanted to just hide in the corner and forget about it all. Deadlines inevitably slide, deliveries mysteriously don’t appear, inspectors make demands that no one saw coming – but in the end, every setback is a learning experience and if we all work together, we will surely get the result we are looking for. And of course, I raised my children on “The Little Engine that Could”, so I have no choice but to keep “thinking I can”. I’ve even chanted that famous line more than once to my project team when faced with challenges like positioning 600-pound transformers off the floor!
So if you’re anything like me, you may find those “I never will” statements somehow turn into “I think I can”! And eventually, into “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”. And I can tell you, it does. So never say never, and believe that you’re capable of achieving anything you set your mind to.
If you don’t believe me, then come into Lovebeans Coffeehouse when we finally open around the end of September (yes, THIS September!) and see for yourself. In the meantime, follow us on Facebook and Instagram – Lovebeanscoffeehouse – and see that some things in life really are worth all the hard work that goes into them.
We cannot wait to introduce you to what we hope will become the “Greatest Little Coffeehouse in Texas” – or maybe the world.