Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving: a love letter

I just want to quickly write and tell you all how thankful I am for you.  Over the last 5 years I have made relationships with people all over the world because of this incredible thing called the internet.  I have been able to build  a business that seemed like a total pipe dream because of the love and support shown from all of you.  You have listened to me as I worked through the successes and the trials of building not only my business but my family, too.  Anyone who runs a small business knows it becomes part of your life as well as the your family's life.  It defines who you are and how you do everything.  If you love what you do, this is a wonderful thing.  Moop has been such a great adventure and has introduced me to fantastic people the world over. I am continually humbled and wowed by the graciousness of each of you.  The stories you have shared with me about your lives, your lives with our bags and the things that you yourself are building, are fantastic.  I read every single email that is sent to me and I absolutely love to know the stories of the people who are supporting me…please keep them coming! 

I am every branch of this little business.  But, I have been lucky enough to find a few fantastic assistants.  Emily has listened to me celebrate, complain, cry, rejoice and grow.  And, I have been lucky that she has shared the same with me.  She's a super talented woman and I'm grateful to have her as part of my life.  Jessica is brand new and we love her already!  She has brought a brightness and positive energy to the studio and we are really enjoying getting to know her.  And, Marlene (who is my mother in law) is often the thread that pulls me back together when I'm falling apart.  She is so level headed and enjoyable, I feel very lucky to have been able to get to know her as a friend and a mother in law.  She is the best listener I know (a trait she successfully passed on to Jeremy).  Parker and Jeremy are my two biggest supporters and I owe just about everything to them.  They're my two most favorite people on the planet.  I love them with all my heart.

We interact with lots of people on a daily basis at the studio.  I have enjoyed getting to know them all!  Our UPS drivers - Jason (who was recently switched to a new route) was like the sunshine at 3:30 every day.  We loved chatting with him and love that we can call him a friend.  And our new driver, Nick, is so attentive he continues to offer the reassurance that our packages will make it from our door to yours.  Then there's Conrad!  Our accountant has brought so much peace of mind to our business and personal life - we have absolutely loved making friends with him.  I have a hard time keeping my regular interactions with people on a surface, business level - I love to get to know who people are, how they work, what they like…I see it as one of the great advantages of being a business owner.  There are so many other wonderful people we get to work with on a daily basis and I feel very lucky to have such great interactions.  So, this Thanksgiving, think of all those around you who help to make your life what it is.  I know I can't do everything I do alone.  I am so grateful for all the people that help me accomplish my goals and hope that in some tiny way, I am helping them with theirs.

It doesn't matter if you are in the US celebrating Thanksgiving or if you are in any other part of the world going about your daily doings - take a moment today to reflect on those around you.  There's a lot to be thankful for…you'll see, it'll make you smile.

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