What Would You Do If You Knew You Could Not Fail?

I love that question. Maybe because I have about 100 different answers to it. But my favorite answer comes back to me every time I see the movie ‘You’ve Got Mail.’ Remember how Meg Ryan owns ‘Shop Around The Corner’…the most adorable children’s bookstore on the face of the planet?

THAT’S what I would do if I knew I could not fail. 
When my time as a stay-at-home-mom comes to an end and I’m desperately searching for something fulfilling and fabulous to do with my life, I want to get myself a cozy little vintage shop on the main street of a historic neighbrhood and fill it to the brim with books for kids. Picture books, chapter books, heavy on the classics, but all of the newest releases too. I’ll decorate the front display window for each season and holiday in the most inviting way possible…most likely enlisting help from my friend Jocie who has impeccable taste in decorating. There will be nooks and crannies in every corner with colorful lamps, plush bean bags and oatmeal cookies where kids can cozy up and get lost in their favorite story. There will be lots of regulars. Kids who come in and call me by my first name…and I’ll ALWAYS have something new up my sleeve that I will be sure to please. Grown ups will come in flustered because they can’t think of anything to get for their nephew’s birthday tomorrow. I’ll think for a moment, and then come up with the perfect gift book…just like that! I’ll have a small, but extremely friendly staff which will always include at least few college students who will eventually go on to become amazing teachers and parents. And of course (a la Meg Ryan) I will have a never ending supply of silly hats to wear while I read out loud at story time on Saturday mornings. 
When my regulars grow up they’ll come back to my store with their own kids and exclaim, “This place hasn’t changed a bit!” And I’ll smile because I’ll know neither have I.

Meg Ryan’s character, Kathleen Kelly says in the movie: 
 “When you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of your identity 
in a way that no other reading in your whole life does.”  
How amazing would it be to make that happen…for a living? 
What would you if you knew you could not fail?


  1. Well, thank you!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I wonder if these shout outs will help out my styling business??! Our next date with the kids…. Wild Rumpus in Minneapolis. I absolutely insist on going there… And fast. I think this is a dream you should really look into pursuing!!!

  2. Wild Rumpus…Yessss!!! I’ve never been there, but I’ve read about it. I feel like it’ll make me cry! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. You MUST open up this dream location!!!! It sounds heavenly!!!!! I would go into journalism/ radio would love to get paid to chat!!!!! :)))

    • Something tells me there would never be a shortage of interesting and fabulous things for you to chat about, Grace. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. It sounds wonderful!

    I don’t know what I’d do if I couldn’t fail, but you’ve got me thinking about it.

    Stopping by from SITS.

  5. I want to live around the corner from your “Shop Around the Corner” so I can visit everyday. What a magical place you just built in my mind. So very you. So very lovely. So very much what the world needs right now. I say, DO IT! How can you know whether you’d fail if you never try? Take the advice from the man you’d feature in your display window during the month of March…”Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So… get on your way.” “And will you succeed? Yes indeed, yes indeed! Ninety-eight and three-quarters percent guaranteed.” The only thing that is true failure is never trying at all!

    With that being said, I’d be Miss America. With a perfect talent, perfect wit, intellect, eloquence, and the perfect platform that would change lives and the world. What an awful response!!! But, that’s the first thing that came to mind. If I would have known that I couldn’t fail, I would have been knee-deep in evening gowns, spray tans, and boob taping. I’ll let you know when I come up with my real “adult” response.

    • Well, if I’m being totally honest: being Miss America sounds like my WORST nightmare. But, my dear cousin, when you do it I’ll be there in the audience with a clever sign and plenty of loud cheering! Maybe it’s not too late to go for Mrs. America, right?

  6. What a beutiful post and great idea. I belive in pursuing your dreams ๐Ÿ™‚ Stopping by from SITS Sharefest. Halpy Saturday to you and ours ~ Bea @ Galactopdx.blogspot.com

  7. love your vision for when you grow up. sounds like a place i’d love to visit. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. I love it! Follow that dream!

  9. One of my favorite movies ๐Ÿ™‚ I want to live around the corner from your little Book Shop!

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