From the Author
May this book be a beautiful reminder that you will never be a success until you seek out where your joy really comes from. It took me until my mid-thirties to figure this out, and I’m still always learning… ever seeking. My hope for you is that you learn to dig deep and figure out what puts a smile on your face and brings you that spark, that inspiration! You can start small and with something that seems rather silly to others, but is meaningful to you. It can be something completely unique, but it brings you real happiness and tranquility.
For me, that has been redoing furniture and helping others beautify their homes. I don’t seek out perfection in my furniture-flips. I’m not a painter who achieves perfection, nor do I get hypercritical of my work during the process. I never judge it until the end, when I can take a step back and look at it–when I can see the bigger picture. Now, it’s strange to me how I wasn’t living my life this way all along. If we could just all learn to take a step back in our lives and look at ourselves as people who have been dragged through the dirt of life and gotten a little damaged over the years… Thankfully, at any point, we can take a step back, clean ourselves up, and move forward (pull the cobwebs away, so to speak).
It’s all fixable–that’s what I’ve learned. Some furniture flips are a lot harder than others. The difficult ones are much more rewarding in the end, though. I can’t quite explain why, but they just are. Maybe it’s because of the extra time and care invested. But no matter how hard we try, these flips will not be perfect. There will always be a small flaw or a tiny scratch that I know is there but that nobody may ever see unless they take a close look. I have learned to appreciate these small flaws because they can give a piece of furniture character and that oh-so-coveted vintage vibe that people are seeking these days.
I think the transformation process brings about a sort of high for me. For you, your passion may be something else entirely or in a completely different niche. Regardless, I want you to enjoy the transformation you’ll read about with my own personal story and similarly through the pictures of furniture you are about to see. And maybe, in some small way, you’ll see your life reflected in my journey.
Each of the pieces of furniture shown in this book serves as a sweet little metaphor for the lovely process of change that takes place within each one of us on a much grander scale. In much the same way as “Re-tiqued” furniture, I want you to experience the satisfaction in learning to love yourself–flaws and all–and realize the inner beauty and character that comes from life’s struggles. Instead of wishing for perfection, may we always grab hold of the power to recreate ourselves at any moment if we so choose.
Love and blessings,
About the Author
Michele Corwin is the CEO of Retique It, LLC, Renaissance Innovations, LLC, and an accomplished furniture-flipping expert. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and 4 kids. Her love for furniture-flipping lead Michele to, literally and figuratively, flip her own life. In this process, she found a renewed passion for empowering women to delve into the world of entrepreneurship. Michele now shares her journey in the hopes that it will help other women find their inspiration to create a beautiful life for themselves through innovative products and techniques.