You may or may not have heard that the CA Powerball lottery was over a billion dollars last week. Let me say that again, a BILLION dollars. *swoon and faint*.
My partner went in on a pool at work and bought a ticket on his own. He felt that our chances were pretty good. Even if we had to split the winnings with his co-workers, we would still have a nice chunk of change.
So a few days prior to finding out if we won or not, my partner and I were fantasizing about what we would do if we won. Buy a house, take our Europe trip, take the Harry Potter Studio tour in London, rescue all of the puppies and kitties and create an animal sanctuary, pay off debts, etc. As we sat there making our giant list he asked me a very important life question, "if we won, would you keep working?"
I immediately said, "yes". He continued, "but you wouldn't have to anymore".
"I don't do it because I have to. I mean, yes, it's nice that I get paid to paint and create, but I do it because I want to. Because it makes me feel whole and brings me happiness."
Sadly, we didn't win the lotto. And our wish list would continue to be, just that.
But even if we had won, I would still be here celebrating my little business's 3rd birthday and future birthdays. Parima truly feels like a child of mine. It has brought me immense joy, tears, frustration, knowledge, and most importantly fulfillment. I feel like a proud mama.
These past three years have been a crazy ride. When I started Parima I never thought that it would bring me amazing opportunities such as being able to work closely with companies like Minted, Etsy, and Anthropologie. Or that I would see my paintings in publications like Babiekins, Better Homes and Gardens, Refresh and a few others. It's truly surreal.
I can't wait to see what the upcoming years have in store for me.