You’re the one, the one for me…” I really think this is a song but I cannot find the lyrics..It was like Lionel Richie or maybe Kool and the Gang. Do you know what I am talking about? Or have I lost it? I may have cuz I am still taking that drivers test. Actually, I am taking a break as I type this.
And here you have 2 of my first Elaina’s and the only ones, well, except we did the celery in an aqua too. I think they were from Homegrown. The brown one above, I actually dyed brown. Yup, upstairs in my laundry room!! Yes, and that would be the reason for all the returns due to color differences. But hey..what is a girl to do. I had no clue. It was in the very beginning of MJC.
And that brings me to an entirely different subject than I was gonna blog about at the beginning. I will answer this simply. I really get quite a few emails on how to start and what to do. In truth I may be the worst person to ask this of. I cannot offer any great advice. I have never written a business plan or even had a great plan in my mind. The only thing I had was great faith in my gut instinct. Does that make any sense? (Told you I am taking a drivers test as I type, I’m a little off my rocker right now). But seriously, I have always just figured it out as I went along. I wish it were as easy as someone handing me a book with answers. But if I had not made all the errors I have made I would not know all the consequences of things I do. Everyday we figure out new things. Everyday we are presented with problems and we search for the solution. In that search is the most valuable information that no one could ever give you. The best way to start is to just figure it out on your own. What works for one will not work for all.
You know when I first started painting furniture I sold to stores. I remember Jacobson’s (you remember that store) came in my booth at the gift show in Chicago and placed a HUGE order for all their stores. She asked if I dropped shipped. Dude, I was so thrilled, I said “Heck ya”. No clue what “drop ship” meant but hey I got a great order. It was Jacobson’s and that was super cool. I figured it out and all was well. Anyways, we sold a lot pretty fast and my neighbor thought I needed help. Me? I tell ya, I’m a a risk taker, go with the gut type of girl. Anyways, I am lucky enough to live in the home town of Vera Bradley. My neighbor worked with Pat Miller’s husband and set me up to talk to them. I am sure they do not remember a bit of it, but I do. One, it was super flattering they would even talk to me and secondly, they just listened to me, told me a little of their story, never comparing but just listening and reassuring me I was on the right track. One would think they could’ve handed me the guidebook to stardom or success or whatever. But they didn’t and I really think they knew I had to figure it out on my own in order to be successful and to appreciate all the steps it takes.
And one more cool thing..and okay, I might sound like I am flattering myself but today when I was sorting shows, which I’m not all that great at… but I am trying to get better, Mackenzie (one of our newest hires) says to me “You know I have never worked with my boss before.” I thought that was pretty cool of a thing to say and be said to. The thing is, is at MJC we all do everything. Their is no hierarchy. We all do emails, we all pack, sort, take out the garbage, stock shelves. David and I. We all do it all and that is why I love my team. We really are all one.
Sorry for the messy post but my test is timed and my timer is up….