One morning I was feeling a bit nostalgic about how long and how far I have come since 1998. Becky McCray and I follow each other on Twitter and she was reading my tweets that morning. What started as a unintentional rant became larger than I had ever thought.
I first talk about how I started with nothing but a dream, which evolved into me telling how I started manufacturing for Neiman Marcus. I told the good, the bad, and yes the ugly. When I saw all the people responding to my story it became a very emotional saga for me. I was literally crying while I was tweeting. In 12 years I have lost so many people I love but I have gained so much along the way as well. My business is like my third child. It's hard like parenthood, you do the best you can every day hoping you make the right decisions. Some days you have all the answers and others you get your butt handed to you on a plate. If you learned a lesson on those days it's still a win in my book.
I have never taken a business or marketing course in my life. I learned everything by doing and perhaps this was the best method for me. I have had so many people tell me I am in the wrong business that I ought to be in entertainment or marketing. I don't disagree! Some times when something has such emotional attachments it is hard for us to see the bigger picture.
I know I have a hell of a book in these 12 years of balancing kids, a small business, and life. I am looking forward to whatever opportunites present themselves to me. I am ready. Below is a link to my tweet rant about SweetSoaps survival and history. Thanks Becky for presenting this at SXSW in Austin this year, it meant so much to me, you will never know..