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    December 08, 2021 2 min read

    Hi Dreamer! Today I thought about the night before Ashley and I opened our own store, Walking Pants Curiosities, in Downtown Memphis on September 29, 2016. I was panicked and I could feel it growing into a full blown panic attack. I even called my sister Becca, big sobs shaking my body as I tried to explain between ugly crying what a failure I was going to be.

    See, we didn’t have any money when we started. All we had at that time was $377 in paint and a really big dream. We honestly didn’t even know what we were going to be, the only thing we really knew we believed was that this place was special. But that night, as I looked around at all the brand new white walls, the empty black and white floors, my little section we had built out for my photography and a few paintings by two local Memphis artists, Adam Exelbierd and Jamond Bullock, all I could think about were all the people we had made a big deal in front of on social media.

    My fear was out of control and it was lying to me, whispering incessantly that we didn’t have anything for people to actually buy and shouted that people would think we were a joke. It lied and told me I was a failure, would never amount to anything and that I had once again let down every single person I loved. Especially Ashley. It had been her life’s dream to one day own a boutique and in my fear, I already believed I had failed and lost her, and we had not even opened our front door yet.

    Fast forward 1,895 days and I look around this place at all the beauty and color and different-ness that are the hopes and dreams of over 20 artists and makers that call Memphis home. I look around wondering where I am going to even put the new products that have come in. I look around and see Memphis, in all it’s goodness, staring me back in the face. And I am moved to gratefulness.

    Because fear is a liar.

    If you have a really big dream and it includes opening your first retail store, and every time you think about submitting and telling your story at dreamersrevival.tv you don’t, I’d bet you it is because fear keeps whispering in your ear you’ll be a failure, that you aren’t good enough, that it’s not the time, that you can’t do this, you don’t have enough money, and right now, in the middle of all those lies, I want you to remember this…

    You aren’t your day one. You are your day 1,895.

    Submit at dreamersrevival.tv

    Believing in Impossible!
    Daryl 〽️💙🔥

    Ashley Parham
    Ashley Parham


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