I’ve watched as God’s will has unfolded itself in my life. There have been good and bad moments, but they have all led me here. Through faith, life lessons, and discipline I’ve learned to finally be content and happy with the life that God has given me. No, life isn’t perfect. No, He didn’t fix my financial issues that way I wanted Him to. No, He didn’t give me everything I want. But now I realize, He gave me everything I need.
“The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away.” Job 1: 21
I never thought that needing to know why I am an entrepreneur mattered. I just thought that this just happened to be how I make money. But I was wrong, I learned that it’s way more than that. My personal life and my professional life have intertwined in the most beautiful way. In my latest video, I gave myself an opportunity to share a little bit of my story and through the making of it I realized a lot of things about myself.
My mom started a lot of great things, thriving businesses, held together a wonderful family, among other things. During her time battling cancer she wanted to give back to City of Hope where she was being treated. She was only able to raise $325.00 before she passed away so I am hoping to raise the remaining amount in her honor.
To donate, go to http://bit.ly/COH-fundraise. Any amount counts, but if you don’t have anything to give maybe you can do this girl a solid and share my video so we can reach my mom’s goal together.
I can’t believe I have a 4 short weeks until we leave for Las Vegas for Las Vegas Market!
We’re sooooo behind lol.
In the next coming weeks we’re going to be finishing (and starting lol) the catalog, send out mailers to retailers, and finalizing the details for the booth design.
I just wanted to share that some days I’m really excited to go and finally do my first trade show for CO Creative Cartel. Other days I’m really scared that this investment in my business is going to be a complete waste of money.
And to me, that’s okay!
In my life experiences I’ve learned that I’m okay with life being messy sometimes. Okay, most of the the time. It takes a lot to try something, especially when it’s not a for sure thing.
At least you tried right? My dad always used to say that.
So I’m going to try and grow my business at Las Vegas Market. If I fail, it’ll be okay. If I succeed, even better!
My mom was one of the people that started Ninong’s in 2008. Even after my mom stopped working there she would visit often and have breakfast or lunch with my dad there. Almost once a week. Case in point is, my team knew my mom and they loved her.
This was important to me.
My mom is a huge part of what endearingly call “The Shop.” She was 1 of the 4 people that started the business, she put in countless hours, and worked really hard to make it successful.
But not only that, she’s a huge part of who I am. She played a big role in my growth as a business woman. Heck, she’s my mom!
Since Ninong’s has had continued growth, I’ve had to hire more and more employees and also replace the employees we’ve had that have moved on to their careers. Slowly but steadily. A couple months ago it dawned on me that the generation of employees that I’m starting to train never got to meet my mom, which makes me kinda sad.
My team will never get to meet an amazing, loving, and gracious woman. Sometimes too nice for her own good. They would never get to witness her contagious and ever popular smile. That means, they’ll only have to hear from my stories about how great she was, what she did for our business, and how big of an influence she had on our success.
I’m going to have to carry on her can-do entrepreneurial spirit. I’m going to have to keep smiling even in times of trouble. I’m going to be the person that people can turn to so that her legacy of love and kindness carries on.
Miss you, Mom. Every day. I never want people to forget you because you touched so many of our lives in a big way.