What a great day! It's still pretty early, but I woke up feeling grateful for the many wonderful people in my life. I woke up excited about seeing my family today, and I thought about how lucky I am to be 38 and to still have a set of grandparents alive. I thought of how lucky my girls are - my older one especially - to have gotten to know three of their grandparents and how she'll have those awesome memories to treasure.
Then, I thought with a bit of sadness who won't be there today, namely my grandparents on my Mom's side. My grandma's been dead for several years now, but I can still remember that first Thanksgiving without her - the sadness and the laughter. This will be our second Thanksgiving without my maternal grandpa, and that spot at the table is still a bit fresh, and it's still a bit weird seeing my uncle sitting in that place.
I'm thankful for my wonderful customers, too. We've been together in business for nine years now, and I couldn't have the success I do without each and every one of you. Thank you so much! May your Thanksgiving be filled with the love of family and friends and may you take the time to remember all the many blessings in your life.
A Farmer was driving his wagon along a miry country road after a heavy rain. The horses could hardly drag the load through the deep mud, and at last came to a standstill when one of the wheels sank to the hub in a rut.
The farmer climbed down from his seat and stood beside the wagon looking at it but without making the least effort to get it out of the rut. All he did was to curse his bad luck and call loudly on Hercules to come to his aid. Then, it is said, Hercules really did appear, saying:
"Put your shoulder to the wheel, man, and urge on your horses. Do you think you can move the wagon by simply looking at it and whining about it? Hercules will not help unless you make some effort to help yourself."
And when the farmer put his shoulder to the wheel and urged on the horses, the wagon moved very readily, and soon the Farmer was riding along in great content and with a good lesson learned.
Self help is the best help.
Heaven helps those who help themselves.
Last weekend, I decided that I'd been working so hard and I needed help. I was coming to the end of my endurance, the end of my ability to take care of everything on my own. So... I took matters into my own hands and "helped myself." I hired my first employee to help take some tasks off of my hands.
I don't have a picture of her, yet, but I'd like to introduce you to Nicole, my new personal assistant. Nicole will begin by helping write soap and correspond with customers. She's already enthusiastically asked about working shows with me, and as she grows into her position and responsibilities, I'm confident that she'll be able to take on more duties with that same enthusiasm and go-get-'em! attitude.
Have you been in a position to hire some help? How did that work out for you?
Sara's Soaps 'n Such began ten years ago as a business venture for a broke Divinity School student. Now it's a growing business featuring handcrafted soaps, all-natural soaps and homemade body products. I prefer body products that are as natural as possible, and my high-quality products reflect that commitment to the earth and my customers' well-being. It's the essence of Good. Clean. Fun.