They say you start with a dream... a vision of what life could be
For me, it was through offering a product or service and succeeding in this endeavor. My journey, however, did not start that way. I'm an avid gardener, love digging in the soil and compost, planting seeds and watching them grow, and making the skin and hair products my family uses in lieu of buying into all the commercialized chemical-filled products on the market today.
I mean think about it...the ladies that lived 200 some odd years ago had beautiful locks and skin. They didn't use products filled with chemicals (most of which did not exist in their time).
The origin of my business began in my garden as I contemplated a better method of removing the hairs on my legs. (Sounds a little odd, I know. I do my best thinking in the garden) I was as shaver from "way back". On this particularly beautiful day 2 years and 4 months ago, I decided to take a nice, relaxing shower, exfoliate, shave and get my bikini on to go out in the garden. (One of the perks of living on a homestead! I can pretty much go outside in whatever I want without worrying that the neighbors will see me) My plan was to start transplanting flowers and herbs that had been waiting patiently for me in the greenhouse. I proceeded with my shower/shave routine when the hubby came into the bathroom (as he often does) to get ready for work. When he was done, he exited the bathroom without closing the door behind him!
I got out of the shower and immediately got mad because I got the goosebumps. I felt my legs and could feel the stubble already trying to peek through the skin. Grrrr.
Along with the above events, the mission, the "Sugaring Revolution," the quest for organic hair removal, my business was born.
Since then, I have had countless great days, triumphant days, record-breaking days, events, craft shows, parties and have grown my business gradually day by day. Every day I am fulfilled because I am taking this journey and growing as a person as well.
There has also been:
1. Exhaustion comes to mind.
2. So does perseverance.
4. Endless recipes for herbs
5. Constant learning.
6. Continuous research.
7. Hours of editing.
8. Pounds upon POUNDS of sugar
9. Sore hands and knuckles from squeezing lemons.
10. Countless almost all-nighters bed usually comes around 1 am
11. Ideas and concerns running through your head 24 hours a day
12 Yes...even when you're sleeping.
13. And the never-ending drive to grow and spread the word about sugaring!
Fear...yes...Although there's a fire in your belly to succeed and do right by your own mind's creation, there always seems to be that Fear that you will not. It's a "dog eat dog" world out there, they say, after all. But isn't it that Fear of failure at your small business that keeps that same fire alive? To prove to everyone that you CAN make something of yourself and your knowledge that you have acquired throughout your life thus far.
Or are you proving it to yourself? This doesn't have to be geared towards small businesses. Take a moment and think about this for a moment...is there anything that you strive to do well at in order to prove to yourself or someone you respect, look up to or admire that you can succeed in your vision of the future? I've had the pleasure of becoming part of the ever-growing small business community and I absolutely adore this aspect of being a small business owner. There are countless others just like me who are trying to build a business and make a better life for their family.