Sunday, May 2, 2010

Attitude and Altitude Adjustments

I kept my leather business for the almost two years that I attended The University of Colorado. Out of the blue one of my clients, Jim, of Dark Horse Leather, invited me to spend my summer in beautiful Estes Park, the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. He had a store and he needed two young girls to sell for him. (Things were different then.) My friend, Jane, from Remington West, and I decided to take the plunge, and leave the hippie student town of Boulder to live with the throngs of tourists that make up Estes. We rented a little cabin by the river and learned many new skills, including sneaking into the towns only bar as underage drinkers.

I made the adjustment from the creating side of the business, back to the selling side. I was very good at explaining the process by which the inventory was made and that detail made me a great salesperson for his company. When the major part of tourist season ended, I thought I had fallen in love with my boss and I believed he felt the same, when he cajoled me into moving to Steamboat Springs, Colorado to work in his other store of the same name. I gave up school, dropped out, and decided I would have plenty of time for all of that...later....much later. In fact, it would be 20 more years before I returned to school. I was ready for adventure and fun. I was on my way to Ski Town USA!

I was all long hair and attitude. I was in love and flying high on my independence. They were my decisions.It was my life! I was only getting started. I was 20 then, trying to find my path and listening to no one. What were you doing when you were 20?