Sally decides to 'thaw out frozen dream' and open her own bookshop

OPENING: Beyong Words Bookshop owner Sally Lush retired from her role at Keith Area School last year and decided to follow her dream of opening a bookshop.

OPENING: Beyong Words Bookshop owner Sally Lush retired from her role at Keith Area School last year and decided to follow her dream of opening a bookshop.

Starting a new business can be one of the most daunting moments in someone's life, as success if never guaranteed.

For Sally Lush, she officially opened her business 'Beyond Words Bookshop' yesterday, with a number of Keith residents coming out to support Hender Street's newest addition.

Described as the owner, dreamer and driver behind the business, Sally said the decision to open the bookshop was far from an easy one.

A well respected staff member at Keith Area School, she spent the last three decades leaving a lasting impact on countless students who walked through the school gates.

"Last year I made a big decision to retire from teaching and leading the wellbeing team at our local school - something I've loved for the past 33 years," Sally said.

After retiring, Sally found herself with plenty of spare time, which soon resulted in her finding the desire to make her "frozen dream" a reality.

"A I was thinking about what I might do with all my new found spare time, an opportunity to 'thaw out a frozen dream' popped up unexpectedly," Sally said.

"Fast forward a month or two - I decided to 'go for it' and open a bookshop."

During the early stages of the bookshop, there will be a focus on books and reading. Sally explained that the store will specialise in a handpicked selection of great second-hand books, along with some new titles.

Being a small and tight-knit community, many Keith residents have show their support towards the new business through social media and visiting the store in person.

The town has a reputation for being a popular stopover location for travellers driving on the Dukes Highway, and for those who enjoy to read during a long journey, the shop might just find its niche.

Sally thanked everyone for their support during the bookshop's official opening via social media, while also encouraging local bookworms to "come and say hello".

There are countless people who for some reason or another decide not to follow their dreams, however, for Sally, she bit the bullet and is now reaping the rewards of her hard work.