Wow! Thanksgiving is here again. What a difference a year can make. Last Thanksgiving I was in the process of transitioning out of NibMor, a chocolate company I started in my Manhattan apartment and Broadway dressing room, and this year, I'm installing an oven in my new space!
Last year, I knew I wanted more out of my entrepreneurial journey.
NibMor had been one heck of a ride, but I wanted to go beyond chocolate bars, on my own terms. It was scary! To leave a company I started, and one that was picking up speed, seemed crazy, even to me. But I just wanted something more. I wanted to push myself and see what I could really do, knowing everything I figured out while at NibMor.
I was panicked. I didn't know what to do first. After I resigned I didn't have a clear path. I was speaking with my mother-in-law and she asked me what I really wanted. To even my surprise, I said, I want to go back to culinary school and formally learn my craft. See, I was a self made chocolatier. Other than a few amateur crash courses in chocolate and some YouTube vids, I was totally self taught in the world of chocolate. Now, that can be kinda cool but it can also make you feel like a bit of a fraud. I'm proud of everything I accomplished at NibMor but something was really missing for me and it was that. I knew I couldn't continue in the world of food unless I had a real strong base. I could never move past what I had already done. She looked at me and said, 'So do it!'. She told me about her own career change and educational experience in her 30's and really encouraged me to go for it. It was one of those pivotal, defining moments in my life and I am thankful for it this Thanksgiving and always.
Things have changed. Change is hard. Change comes with challenges and adversity. But, it's what we do with it that counts.
This can be applied to anything. Career, relationships, self love, the current political climate! Meet it all head on. Treat it with respect and move through it with grace. If you put the honest work in, great things will happen.
Before I go, I want to say thank you to all of you for going on this journey with me and supporting me and this vision with your orders! We're going to do great things over here and I'm so grateful you are all a part of it. Happy Thanksgiving!