Our Untraditional Market Place

Last Update: July 08, 2015

As we go into the healing of a "growing phase" of our community, I wanted to share how I have come to see progress here.

I look out, and up the street, and see a shop with an Australian flair, their unique side of the universe and culture that they share with us, as their shop reflects the traditions and and lifestyles they know and love.

I see, next door to them a store with a Canadian shop keeper. Then there is a Scottish feel to the next window down the street. Across for that one, the adventurous ones who share their love of sports or travel, with their display showing beautiful snowcovered mountains with people skiing. Then the displays from some U S shop owner,

Look, someone is helping get some boxes from the street into the shop next to that one. Some one else is helping a neighbor with a droopy awning to be more secure. They are busy exchanging greetings in many different languages, getting the day started in their respective shops.

The street is long, there are many windows and shop fronts with all sorts of wares and opportunities for living a better life. The origin of the country proudly proclaimed. Many different lands, all different ages, young tech guys, still in school to retired individuals who are working hard to build their shops and share with the world out there. Each shop keeper is dedicated and loyal and hardworking and honest.

As the view from the street goes from one season to another, the view shows a neighborhood of continued growth, with the understanding and our tolerance of each other and out different lives, interests, habits, traditions, wants, needs and dreams. I see such a blend of different cultures, each bringing out the best in all of us. We all know that to survive and survive well, we must help, respect, be kind, and encouraging to our neighbors. We will survive better together and in unity, loyal to the base we build from.

I see the shyness of some of the new shopkeepers as they unveil the colors they have chosen to "paint" their interior, the banners they have chosen to hang, the products they have chosen to sell, the education to help their customers understand how to properly use these products- the obvious desire to help their fellow man with his needs.

Next door another shopkeeper has brazenly thrown open the door to vivid colors with sharp contrasts, The product is proudly displayed in a boisterous manner. There is loud music, and people coming and going, smiling and chatting.

Across the street there is a more somber window, with it's door open, the shopkeeper standing in the doorway dressed in "business" attire, flicking a feather duster about.The wares stacked tastefully for customers to see and buy.

Yes, it is with pride that I view the scene before me! Makes the learning more important, knowing that one day soon I will be joining the others and throwing my shop doors open. Thank you for all your help and support- Won't tomorrow be fun, and it will be so interesting to see what the "street" looks like in this warm summer morning sun~~~~~ Wave to me as you stroll by,

Sami


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Calypso47 Premium
Sami, this is a lovely piece of writing. Well done! The analogy so well captures the idea of what our community does, and how we are from such varied backgrounds. One of the things I would like to imagine--thinking of my 'store' on that street extending into the far distance--is a crowd of potential buyers queueing for my merchandise.
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SamiWilliams Premium
Thank you Calypso, I still am in awe at how supportive the community is.
Sami
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SuzQ Premium
Hi Sami! Love your imagery and your ability to pull your reader into your post. Your enthusiasm for not only your own opportunity, but that of each individual entrepreneur is evident. I agree with many comments preceding this one! Can't wait to see your talent and passion shine through on your website!
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SamiWilliams Premium
Thank you for your kind and encouraging words. This is a magical place we have landed on! How fortunate we are!
Sami
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Calypso47 Premium
. . . And the magic is something you certainly capture in this piece!! :)
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LED63 Premium
Hi Sami - I love this blog. I see and feel and smell all the colours of your untraditional marketplace! I'm wondering - is it a 'real' marketplace in a 'real' town or is in an allegory of our wonderful, varied, multicultural marketplace right here at our fingertips? Seems to me it could be either. You are a skilled writer - how are you going with your website? Mine has stalled a little - partly because I keep getting 'scared' of this new thing I am creating, partly due to some unforseen time restraints. I still keep checking in here every day because I love the atmosphere and the vibrant, living community within this 'untraditional' market!
Cheers
Ellie
P.S. You can check out my website if you've got a minute or two - any feedback gratefully accepted: www.breastforbabies.com
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SamiWilliams Premium
Thank you for your lovely comment. It is a true community spirit we have. Please excuse the delayed reply. I had over looked your comment. Hope all is going well.
Sami
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LED63 Premium
That's OK - it happens to all of us! Re my website - it's taking a holiday while I sort a few things out!
Cheers Sami and all the best
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SamiWilliams Premium
Ellie, I too am having some issues with website, and time. I still want to be the webmaster / Granmom! Know that my learning time will be well spent, but do hate having to repeat sessions that I mess up on and have things on the site I do not want. I know we will get there!!
Sami
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LED63 Premium
Sounds awfully familiar Sami!!! I sometimes wonder if I'll EVER really get my head around all this stuff! I love learning new things, but it really frustrates me when I try to apply what I've learnt to reality and it works out so much less than I imagined!
I'm sure I'll get there one day
Ellie
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SamiWilliams Premium
Yes Ellie, there are twist and turns, but I agree, it will get better, and it is- just a matter of keeping on keeping on! Is a bit frustrating to be so slow!
Sami
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ricardo1 Premium
Sami, I see your vision when you open your door and look down the street. You also see the possibilities that WA presents to you as well. I see you have a passion for people to help them succeed as I do. That shop you talk about, I'm planning to come visit it. I'll look to see you in Vegas,
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SamiWilliams Premium
Thank you for taking the time to read my ideas. I appreciate the the kind words, and yes I think it is a wonderful opportunity. We do not have to do this alone! I think I was into the free week about 2 days when the value of the community dawned on me. Yes, I had read about that part of the program, but had not clue to the importance it held. It is the glue that holds most of us on coarse.
Hope your day is productive.
Sami
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ricardo1 Premium
Sami, the post from yesterday has carried over until today and this one is not over. Thank you, and much more success is coming your way.
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SamiWilliams Premium
One of the most interesting things for me has been the different interruptions of the story! Each person sees a different thing.
Sami
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EzekielBS Premium
Sami, I think you could make your living as a novelist. I love the style of writing that paints a portrait of our community here at WA. Bravo!
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SamiWilliams Premium
Bill
Thank you for taking time to read- and comment! Maybe some day I can have another career, right now I have this full blown desire to have an income producing business online!
Sami
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Sui_generis Premium
I like this analogy. Thanks, Sami
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SamiWilliams Premium
Thank you for taking the time to read - and comment
Sami
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RobMos Premium
Hi, Sami! I really enjoyed your picturesque description of the WA community. Very clever and creative. Wishing you much success as I follow you. ~ Robbie
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SamiWilliams Premium
Thank you for taking time to read- It is a great place we have here.
Sami
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hostelgirl Premium
Nice imagery Sami. It is like a.little neighbourhood isn't it, with all the characters that brings. :)
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SamiWilliams Premium
To me it is- and I really enjoy the company along the way. It makes this journey doable!
Sami
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geo2112 Premium
Thats a nice story Sami. Many thanks
Regards
George :-)
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SamiWilliams Premium
George, Thank you for taking the time to read my story. I think this is a special place.
Sami
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geo2112 Premium
It most certainly is:-)
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Mark1957 Premium
Lovely story Sami and heartwarming to read how ordinary people are embracing their own opportunities and working hard for a better life for themselves and their families.

But a lot of them have a predicament we don't share.....business hours and location. Shop owners can't up bricks and open up somewhere else and mostly they keep regular opening hours and close on public holidays.

Us, we'll we have no such restrictions Sami and when you open your store it'll be open 24/7/365 all over the world. See the potential?

Good luck Sami
Mark
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SamiWilliams Premium
Hi Mark,
Thanks for stopping by, and yes the idea of open doors 24/7 is the biggie for me- I have had the other- self employment, had bosses- time clocks! Grateful for my opportunities, but so ready to go another route!!
The network does away with the isolation that one feels when going into business somewhere new, where you know no one. And a new field that you are learning.
The street I wrote about is one to visualize, and visit, not live on!
Hope you have a productive day,
Sami
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Mark1957 Premium
Going to sleep and waking up 8 hours later to find out that somebody has bought your product/service on the other side of the world or going away for a few days and coming back realising that you earned more than you spent while away is what should be spurring us all on to achieve that level of income.
Great stuff Sami
Mark
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JewelCarol Premium
Beautiful and so warm story, Sami. ;) I will waive to you as I stroll by. ;)) I am looking forward to see yr shop open soon!! Have a fantastic day!! ;))
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SamiWilliams Premium
Jewel, I too am looking forward to getting my doors open! Thanks for reading my story. Have a great productive day
Sami
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JewelCarol Premium
You are most welcome, Sami, you can write beautifully, lol. Have an awesome weekend!! :))
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RushingBee Premium
This was wonderful! What a beautiful street! I feel privileged to walk along it with you all.
Better than waving as I pass you by, I promise I will stop to say hello when your doors are opened. And I hope, if you are not too busy organizing your wares, that you will do the same for me. :)

Thanks, Sami. Have a lovely day!
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SamiWilliams Premium
Bee, thank you for reading my blog. I do think this is our wonderful street, and our coffee breaks are the time to read emails.
Sami
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RushingBee Premium
I might be spending a little more than my coffee break, hehe. There are so many interesting things to stop and look at!
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LisB247 Premium
Hi Sami, you paint a beautiful picture that triggers the imagination to see the street as you described it. A brilliant analogy of the community.

Congratulations on a wonderful and inspiring first blog post.

Here's a wave as I pass your unique shop front :).

Lis.
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SamiWilliams Premium
Thank you Lis, When my store is open, maybe we can have coffee. I appreciate the kind words.
Sami
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LisB247 Premium
I will definitely stop by as I love coffee :)
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bsmith1222 Premium
Good Job!
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SamiWilliams Premium
Thank you for taking time to read my blog. What an exciting place we have,
Sami
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Marith Premium
Beautifully written, I could see the street before me as I read.......
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SamiWilliams Premium
Martin,
Thank you- it is exciting -
sami
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Marith Premium
Sami, it's no big deal, but my name is M a r i t h, :)
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AmyRodgers Premium
Love the description!
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SamiWilliams Premium
Amy, Thank you for taking time to read,
Sami
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SarahAnt Premium
Lovely....! p.s. I'm waving as I stroll past!
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SamiWilliams Premium
Sarah,
Maybe one morning there will be time for coffee!
Sami
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SarahAnt Premium
Always time for coffee... in fact, I am having one now! Care to join! ;-)
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MarionBlack Premium
That's a great analogy Sami. WA is a huge shopping centre populated by shopkeepers and customers from all over the world. This is one of the best 'first post' I've read in a long time. Thank you for sharing. ~Marion
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SamiWilliams Premium
Marion,
Thank you for taking time to read my post. I love being here at W A.
Sami
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jaydeb08 Premium
Hey Sami Great words we are a melting pot of Knowledge here and as you say every shop is different even us Aussies ...lol... but we are a community and a great one at that ... cheers John
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SamiWilliams Premium
Thanks for the kind words on my first blog- It just got time to get one out there-
Sami
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jaydeb08 Premium
its like Ozmosis Sami it will all develope for you at a natural rate, going great cheers John
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SamiWilliams Premium
John, I am hopeful- the learning part is so slow- Of course having to start at the bottom, I am grateful for the community support. Helps make sense of the lessons sometimes.
Sami
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