This has been one heck of a year so far. I just got word that I will be creating a logo soap for a Nike Promotion! YEA for the little guy, YEA for the Small business owner! I can't post a photo yet as they are making a few changes. When they give me the OK I will post a photo for everyone to see. WOOT!!!!!
I noticed that during the week of SXSW in Austin I was getting some Bacon Soap orders that I suspected were a result of my Bacon Soap Promo. Zane Aveton @zaneology my partner in bacon crime was present with her cameras and on the prowl. She is a funny out going chic that I really enjoy talking to on the phone and Twitter. She is a free spirit and a person that likes doing silly things, so bacon soap was a great fit for us both at SXSW. She lost her camera but I found out last night someone tracked it down so we will be able to post some photos soon.
When I asked one of the customers buying my bacon soap she told me about Jay Baer blogging about me. I thought I don't know who this guy is let me check this out. I can't believe I had been on Twitter for over a year and I did not know about you Jay. I am super impressed with the content on your blog, I rarely say this to anyone. I love the fact that you are also vlogging which is something I am also going to be doing this year. I am honored for the mention on your site, thank you very much! Pictures of wacky Bacon Soap from Austin coming soon.
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..