Today is mine.

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{ That Flower Shop in London via catesthill.com }

Today is mine. Tomorrow is none of my business. If I peer anxiously into the fog of the future, I will strain my spiritual eyes so that I will not see clearly what is required of me now.

– Elisabeth Elliot

I saw this quote in a post by @dearmushka  while I scrolled through Instagram Sunday night. I scribbled it down on some scrap paper and thought, ‘whew, I need this right now.’

Back in June, C and I signed a lease on a new location for our flower shop. It’s my dream-come-true space with all the fixin’s: exposed brick interiors; open ceilings; polished concrete floors; wall-to-wall windows; Main Street frontage; direct adjacency to a cheese shop (wink).

Six months ago, it seemed like a far-off fantasy, but now we’re about four weeks out from the big move (!!) and under all my anticipation and excitement — and disbelief that this is, like, actually happening — there’s a deep humming layer of anxiety. With maybe a tiny sprinkle of terror?

Relocation is a risk. We moved the shop three and a half years ago, and now we’re at it again, and all that dreaminess comes with bigger expenses, and we can’t find someone to commit to move our walk-in cooler at a cost that won’t require us to sell our kidneys on the black market, and ugh, all the packing, and and and…

If I let myself think about it all too much, the anxiety bubbles right up to the surface and punches me in the throat.

Here’s the thing: I know it’s going to be wonderful. It’s the very best thing for our business. The logistics will work out, we’ll settle into our beautiful new ‘home,’ and six months from now, there will probably be a new challenge to hurtle. #entrepreneurship (Or, um,  life.)

I can’t control all the moving parts of tomorrow, and I’d be foolish to think worrying about them would make a bit of difference. So I’ll catch some chill, send up gratitude for today, and let my ‘spiritual eyes’ focus on the present.

Because the present is pretty good.

So if you’re an over-thinker  like me, and you excel at worrying about all the what ifs of the future — such a useless talent, really — I hope you find some comfort in this quote, too. Today is ours.

Also, isn’t That Flower Shop in London just incredible? GOALS.

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31 Comments

  1. 11.12.15

    those flowers are beautiful. congrats on the flower shop. hope it goes well

  2. 10.30.15
    Dianna said:

    my friend will ove this post i’m reblogging this RIGHT NOW! it’s so fantastic

  3. 10.29.15

    What a quote! Seriously, what I needed to hear right now.. great post dear, this flower shop looks so beautiful..

  4. 10.29.15

    The shop looks gorgeous…Congratulations on that..
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    • 10.29.15
      Crissa said:

      This may be my new favorite quote, Keira. This post summed me up to a tee. Anxiety, worry and overthinking are “what I do.” Thanks for the reminder that “Today is ours.” Best of luck on the new shop. I know it will be nothing short of AH-Mazing. I can hardly wait to see pictures. xo, Crissa

  5. 10.29.15

    Needed to hear this! Thanks for sharing ₪

  6. 10.28.15

    Yay!! Go you! :) And those flowers … Absolute eye candy.

  7. 10.28.15
    Rea said:

    I feel this way the closer I get to finishing my first book. Total panic mixed with pure excitement. Good luck with your move!

  8. 10.28.15
    Carolina E. said:

    KEIRA ,the flowers are beautiful !!

  9. 10.28.15

    I love this quote, I need to remember this in my day to day life!
    And best of luck with the move!

  10. 10.28.15

    Congrats and good luck!

  11. 10.28.15

    AWESOME quote – something I think we all need to hear. Anxiety and anticipation are a part of life, but it’s whether or not we let it control us that makes the difference.

    You’ve got this, lady! Can’t wait to see updates on the new space! :)
    xo, Jessica
    http://www.semisweettooth.com

    • 10.28.15

      Thank you, Jessica! And you hit the nail on the head about not letting it control us. I can’t wait to share updates with you all soon.

  12. 10.28.15

    I totally and completely struggle with getting caught up in the worry as well. And you are right, things will be okay. Good luck and congratulations! This sounds really amazing!

    • 10.28.15

      Thanks, Erin! Sometimes I remind myself that if I’m anxious about something, I must be passionate about it, otherwise I wouldn’t care enough to worry. I’m trying to learn to channel my anxiety from worry to excitement. I haven’t mastered it yet. Ha! ;)

  13. 10.28.15
    Musings said:

    Needed to read that quote today. Thanks for sharing!

    • 10.28.15

      That’s exactly how I felt when I read it. Don’t you love when a quote comes up and you’re like, “I swear that was posted just for me!” :)

  14. 10.28.15

    Good luck on your move. I hope everything turns out good. Loved the quote too!

  15. 10.28.15

    Amazing quote. So very true. That shop is adorable, and yours will be too! :)

    • 10.28.15

      Thank you so much! I can’t wait to share photos of the space with you guys soon. :)

  16. 10.28.15

    What a great quote and reminder! Congratulations on the new location, sounds like it will be incredible!

  17. 10.28.15

    I like it

  18. 10.28.15

    Aww, I love it! Congratulations on the flower shop. I’d love to come visit sometime. Fresh flowers are a real love of mine!

  19. 10.28.15

    Love the quote and your new space sounds like a DREAM! Take it a day at a time, it will all buff out.