Today is a very special day at my house, it is my son’s 2nd birthday. I was feeling very nostalgic this week and took a trip back to when he was a baby. Looking at pictures of him just a year ago, it is amazing to see how far he has come. On his first birthday he wasn’t even walking… now’s he is running, climbing, and jumping! He’s starting to use lots of words and showing us just how smart he really is.
The growing pains of starting a business are very similar to those young children experience. While Julie’s Beet isn’t learning to walk or talk, I am still discovering a lot about the business world. Like a one-year-old, I am learning about likes and dislikes. Instead of learning what I like and dislike, I am learning about what you all (my customers) like and dislike. I am working to build a marketplace to support other new businesses but need to stock it full of products you like to make it successful. I am working to streamline the offering to make your shopping experience even better. I do feel like we are gaining our balance and running legs as we continue to master our customer service and marketing plans. We also continue to learn how to engage our following through recipes, promotions, and contests.
While it is great to see that changes that have happened with my son over the past year it is also amazing to see that he still has the same cheerful disposition and outgoing personality. He is going to be the life of the party wherever he goes and I’m glad he brings that excitement to his everyday life. Julie’s Beet continues to be a marketplace supporting smaller artisans and following our goal of expanding the audience of these specialty products. I’m not sure what he is going to wish for when he blows out the candles on his Elmo cake tonight, but if I could wish for him, it would be that he continues to enjoy a happy and healthy life.