The last two weeks have been hard.
And it is hard for me to put myself out there when things are hard.
I pride myself on being a ray of shining light, a beam of positivity to all I encounter. When things are hard, I shut down socially. I feel uncomfortable showing vulnerability; I do not want others to see the amount of inner turmoil and stress and frustration I am under, so I purposely avoid social gatherings, broadcasting my life on social media, and, as you guessed it . . . blog.
So here I am in a hard place, understanding that I’ve made a commitment to you to blog, and wanting nothing more than to be a constant inspiration in your life, but feeling utterly and completely depleted myself.
In the last two weeks, we received specifics regarding the Colorado Cottage Food Act, limiting our sales even more. We also went to a festival to vend our products, and the outcome was so devastating that we actually lost money participating instead of earning money (due to booth fees and gas money to get there). On our five-hour ride back from this valuable learning experience, the transfer case on our Jeep locked up, and it has been in the shop for over a week getting that fixed, along with other repairs that needed tending to.
Oh, and we also moved the Wood and Water office this last week.
Yes, the last two weeks have been hard.
However, in the last two weeks, we have learned that when things are hard, we have to work even harder.
Receiving specifics about the limitations regarding the Colorado Cottage Food Act enabled us to establish and streamline our direct sales model for Tea Parties. We are busy looking for Independent Sales Representatives in the state of Colorado, creating an online training curriculum for these Reps, and looking to launch at the beginning of 2018.
We lost money doing a festival, but we also sold some tea. Tea that went to people who are truly seeking natural and holistic options for common ailments. Tea that went to people who wanted to support what we are doing and who we are. Tea that went to people who love tea. We may have lost money doing a festival, but we also made some pretty solid connections with other vendors. We may have lost money doing a festival, but in that we learned a little more about ourselves as a company, ourselves as a couple, and ourselves as individuals.
While our Jeep is still in the shop, we are scheduled to get it back today. And while our Jeep has been in the shop, the help and support we have received from the people in this community has been overwhelming. From borrowed cars and trucks, to attendance of our first Pop Up Shop and purchases of our product, to a shout-out on the local radio station for Wood and Water, we feel the love.
So, even though things have been hard, we have found strength in self-sufficiency, support in our community, and a solid foundation to build Wood and Water on.
Life may be hard, but we will always work harder.
And our new office?
Literally in our backyard.