As many of you know, Be Well Meals & Juice Bar recently opened to the public! It was scary and thrilling all at once and now that it has been two weeks since we opened I can look back and be amused by my ignorance and proud of my resilience. I thought it would be great to share this experience to my followers and maybe inspire someone to step outside of their comfort zone to pursue their own dream.
Biggest lesson learned:
Don’t sweat the small stuff. I have read the book and I preach this all the time. It sounds great until you are living what you believe to be a nightmare. Let me explain...
A few weeks before opening I was sitting at one of the café tables doing some paperwork when I turned around to look outside and what I saw completely blew me away. My very neutral colored marquee sign was in the process of being painted bright yellow and bright blue and just as “oh shit” was coming out of my mouth I realized that all the columns surrounding the building, which is about 12, were also being painted the exact same colors. I ran out to question the painters about what was going on and spiraled into complete panic mode. Now, this may seem trivial to an outsider, but we had just spent 2-plus months reconstructing the interior space and painting the inside neutral colors that made sense for the business and the outside décor together. I wanted to throw up. It ruined my entire day. I called everyone that would care about my anxiety and it completely unraveled me. As I look back now, I wasted so much time and energy worrying about something that was out of my control and didn’t have any effect on my business. Now, two weeks in I don’t even notice.
A year ago when I started the journey of building the meal delivery business I was blessed to be introduced to Danielle, who had just graduated culinary school here in Myrtle Beach. I was scared shitless to hire someone to help me. I had been solo in my business for so long and I wasn’t even sure how I was going to explain what I did. After all, I am not a chef. I am a health coach who happens to be a foodie and loves to eat but wants to be healthy. How in the world was I going to teach that to someone else? Well, I did and one of my biggest joys is that now not only do I have Danielle working with me, but an entire team of people who want to learn how to help others lead healthier lifestyles. Everyday I get to work with motivated, joyful people and teach them what I know about food and health. In return they are teaching me how to be a better leader and human being. It is a win-win for everyone.
I am by not finished growing my wellness empire. I have so many plans for Be Well Meals and our company, but I can honestly say, besides being a mom, this experience has been life changing for me and my biggest accomplishment to date.
I love helping others. I am beyond grateful for the tremendous support I have received from the Myrtle Beach community.
So, to everyone out there who has followed and continues to follow this journey, thank you. Thank you for following. Thank you for sharing. Thank you for communicating with me, coming to the restaurant and being supportive. None of this would be possible without you.