I didn't mean to be away for so long, but giving birth and raising children while simultaneously running businesses takes allot out of a gal.
Fortunately for me, I'm a glutton for punishment and can still manage to string a sentence together on very little sleep. very.little.sleep.
I just can't be counted on to keep an up to date blog, apparently. (we are striving to change that)
The baby will be turning two in a few days and as the shock of that fact still sinks in - I've been throwing myself back into my beloved work.
With a toddlers independence (walking! running! daycare social life!) comes more time to devote to the business that supports all this crazy.
It's been really lovely getting back into the shops and back on the road doing the buying - Fall has always been my favorite season to shop for. All the sweaters, the layers, the boots! The endless possibilities and the thrill of the hunt make the pressure of what is also THE most important 4 months of the retail year, bearable. This march towards the end of the calendar year and ultimately, Christmas, will make or break many a business.
A really lovely start to this season happened today. My shops, Barefoot Contessa, were chosen as 1st place pick in a readers poll in my city. A local paper, the Georgia Straight, holds this 'readers choice' poll every year and its now our 5th straight win!
A lot of heart and soul go into any business and I am so honored that our customers and fans continue to love and support what we are doing at Barefoot Contessa.
It's not just picking what's hot or popular or trendy - it's having a passion and excitement for what we do and having that come across and inspire others.
I'm so grateful to all the local designers, crafters and artists that allow us to showcase their work and all the really fantastic staff we have helping, caring and bringing their passion to the table each and every day.
It's these little surprises - these confirmations that let you know you are on the right track that give you such a boost.
As I continue to struggle with finding balance being an entrepreneur and a mom, it's things like this that help give some perspective.
I'm so grateful that I get to do what I love to do and have it allow me to support my family and be a mom.
Thank you Vancouver, I am so honored and so very grateful for your support.