For some reason I seem to have a Broadway theme running though my blogs. I recall not too long ago I was “Defying Gravity”. Last week, I was far from a “Funny Girl” as I attended my first outdoor farmer’s market of the season. The spectacular Kenosha Harbor Market. It was indeed raining on my parade. In fact, it was so cold on May 12th that I was pretty sure it was also snowing on my parade! People (those who even bothered to show up, wouldn’t even take off their gloves to take samples). It was a very disheartening day for Snarf Foods.™
Nevertheless, she persisted and will continue to persist (or Snarf On! which is probably more appropriate)…and don’t you dare rain on my parade!
Why is it we only celebrate Mother Earth once a year? Well we here at Snarf Foods™ believe it is a year round commitment. An everyday commitment.
From choosing recyclable packaging for our products; biodegradable packing peanuts when we do our shipping or adopting a street right here in Gurnee to keep clean. We take our commitment seriously (with a bit of fun because who can be too serious with a name like Snarf Foods™!).
We hope you too have a commitment to old Mother Earth. She REALLY needs our help these days. So do what you can, no matter how small and Snarf On!
I won. Not the Oscar for Best Actor, though some days I do a pretty good job of putting on a brave face when things in my business don’t go as planned (that’s just about every day). No, last Friday night, I won the 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year from the GLMV Chamber of Commerce at their 2018 membership gala. Yes, Snarf Foods™ is the real deal.
I am not going to lie, I am pretty excited, very honored and grateful. And guess what, I deserved it. Particularly, since last year was the most entrepreneurial of my life (just read my previous blogs on WordPress).
OK, for me to say that makes me VERY uncomfortable, but I did it. “They” say that’s where I need to be, outside my comfort zone. Goes to show I am changing, growing and just perhaps becoming a real entrepreneur.
Well, let’s face it, life in general is scary (I try not to watch the nightly news if I want to sleep) but January is particularly scary to a business person who recently tossed aside a very secure safety net.
Not only is it cold and gloomy most of the time here in Chicago, but after a gang-buster holiday season, the world has suddenly gone on a diet. It’s bread and water time (wait, no bread, that’s a carb!).
I’m sure I am not the only business that has a slow January, just a new experience for me without the old day job. So I am putting it out there…what do you do to fill the “scary times”?
I have taken this gloomy January day to write this blog, organize (that’s some task), set goals (an even bigger task), and prepare for Super Snarf Saturday, and Valentine’s Day. As I do all these thing, and many more, I listen to subliminal CD’s telling me not to be scared, I really am good enough!
Being light years behind most people, I recently discovered the soundtrack to the musical Wicked. One song struck a cord with me…Defying Gravity.
Now I know this is a song about a green witch about to take flight, but all I could keep thinking of was July 2017 when I made my own decision to defy gravity. I mean, truer words were never spoken or, in this case, sung:
“Something has changed within me
Something is not the same
I’m through with playing by the rules
Of someone else’s game
Too late for second-guessing
Too late to go back to sleep
It’s time to trust my instincts
Close my eyes and leap!”
“It’s time to try
I think I’ll try
And you can’t pull me down!”
So with 6 months under my belt and the best holiday season to date (thank you) Snarf Foods™ will continue defying gravity with your support. Let me tell you gravity has a mighty pull, but I won’t let it pull me down!
Happy New Year and #SnarfOn!
I have been noticeably silent these past weeks (sorry about that), as I was preparing for last week…and what a week it was!
I started at the Kenosha Harbor Market. This wonderful market has now moved indoors for the season to the Rhode Theater. I am only at this market a limited amount of Saturdays, because with the holidays fast approaching and I won’t be able to come up for air. It was great fun and huge success. So many of my Frequent Snarfers from the summer market dropped by to say hello and get their Snarf Foods™ fix!
Then on Monday I had a professional photo shoot of many of my products. I have been wanting to do this for sometime. I finally found a photographer who I could trust to do the job and OMG did he do a fantastic job! Michael Delott is a master and you will be seeing a lot of his photos soon.
In between all this, orders began coming in from no where. How wonderful is that? I guess listening to all those positive thinking compact discs is finally paying off!
Finally, Sunday was the highlight of my week, perhaps my year. I was a “chef” at the annual Holiday Meals Celebrity Brunch. This is their biggest fundraiser for the year and for those who don’t know, Snarf Foods™ donates a portion of its profits to Holiday Meals On Wheels. This was just one more way for us to give back. In fact this was such a wonderful experience it probably deserves a blog all by itself. People flocked to the Snarf Foods™ table in droves and we received great feedback. Many thanks to Barbara Sistak from License Plate Garage for volunteering to help. I couldn’t have kept up without her!
Not a bad week for someone who just “retired” from their day job. I am busier and happier than ever. Let’s hope the weeks continue to be BIG!
It has been brought to my attention that a glacier (particularly in light of Global Warming, yes I am a believer) moves faster than I do. We are not talking track and field here, but rather my inability to make a decision and take action on it.
I have always known I have been a bit challenged when it comes to accepting change and tend to way over analyze issues. It took me 14 years to decide it would be a good idea to marry my husband (glad he was persistent because it was the best move I ever made). 10 plus years to decide to get another dog (also a good decision on most days) and 28 years to leave my day job to pursue my dream of building my own company Snarf Foods (the jury is still out on that one since it has only been 3 months, but so far I am a whole lot happier).
So based on my history I’m a little concerned I might get bogged down again and frankly I don’t have time for that any more. So my Frequent Snarfers, please keep on me…really! PLEASE send me your ideas and comments on how I can keep moving forward and growing my business.
Finally, if it starts to look like I am digging myself another rut, you have my permission to hire that pie in the face guy to shake things up!