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Dreena's Business Plan

Jan 25, 2021 | Jessica Rolph

Welcome back for Part 2 of Andy and Dreena’s journey towards successful New Year’s resolutions. Have you made a resolution in 2021? How’s it working out for you?


Dreena’s workshop smelled like heaven…or at least she thought so. Furniture wax mixed with sawdust and the aroma from a freshly cut slab of walnut. Deena inhaled deeply, closed her eyes, and pictured her future. Her workshop, an extension off the back of her house, would always hold a special place in her heart. She’d crafted presents here for friends and family, built her own furniture to fill her home, and started to dream about “What If”. She’d always come here to work on personal projects, but her plans demanded a bigger space…eventually. For now, she’d focus on step one—naming her business.


“Dreena’s Dreams sounds good, right?” she asked Andy, who was sitting in an old lawn chair, ready to brainstorm on how to launch Dreena’s business from planning to reality.


“You’re kidding, right?” he said, but softened it with a smile. “Let’s try for something a little more…practical.”


“You’re right,” Dreena agreed. “But what then? Furniture by Dreena? Designs by Dreena?” She paused, considering. “You know, I kind of like that one. Designs by Dreena. It has a nice ring to it.”


“I think it’s great,” Andy said. “Can we talk about it over dinner? I’m starving.”


Dreena rolled her eyes but headed inside the house. “Steak and veggies sound good?”


“Sure, as long as there’s dessert!” Andy followed her inside. “I have to run my mom some groceries tonight before heading home. Think we’ll have time for jogging before I leave?”


“Andy, I said I’d help with your fitness resolution, not do the whole thing with you,” Dreena said, but then shrugged. “But I wouldn’t mind a run. Maybe it will help me think up some more ideas.”


“You know, Dreena, you’re going to have to talk to someone about financing your business. You need materials, a website, a store….when are you going to stop by the bank?”


They’d been over this before. Andy seemed to be taking his role as Dreena’s resolution manager more seriously than his own health plans, but she couldn’t blame him. She was nervous about going to a bank, and besides, she was just getting started.


“I’ve been thinking about that. I have a lot of furniture I can sell now, right outside in my shop. I think with a website and maybe going to some fairs or farmers markets, I can get going before I start thinking about expanding the shop. You do websites for a living, Andy. Help me with that!”


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Andy had to admit that made sense. His inclination had always been to try and get things done as quickly as possible, but building a business probably wouldn’t work that way. “Okay, I’ll help with the website. That actually sounds like fun. Designs by Dreena, huh?”


They spent the rest of dinner talking about the website, the business, and what Andy would be eating once his diet was over.


“You know,” Dreena reminded him, as gently as possible. “A resolution means you’re changing a behavior, it’s not just a short-term goal, Andy. At least, I hope so. I’d hate to get started with a business and then just give up.”


Unconcerned, Andy continued to think about his favorite meals—pasta, and plenty of it. Burgers and fries. Enchiladas covered in white cheese sauce. “Ready to jog?” he finally asked, and together they headed out the door.


Later that evening, Andy dropped by his mom’s house. Due to an illness, she spent most of her time at home. Andy brought groceries once a week and spent more dinners with his mom than not. Her arms, once a haven for a much younger Andy, had grown weak, especially at the wrists. Arthritis had been particularly unkind to his mom over the past year, and she had trouble lifting the bags to the counter. Andy knew she didn’t like him “taking care of her”, she thought she was a burden. Andy, of course, didn’t see it that way. She was his mom.


“I’m helping Dreena build a website, Mom,” he told her, putting away the groceries. “And she’s helping me stick to my healthy living plans.”


Andy’s mom smiled and patted him on the shoulder. “That Dreena,” she said. “She’s really something. Is she single?”


Thanks for reading this week’s installment. Make sure to check back next week for the 3rd and final part of Andy and Dreena’s New Year’s resolution story. Until then, from First Farmers Bank & Trust, I’m Jess, and I’m listening.