We often get asked the question: "How do you manage to do it all?" Starting a small business, raising two amazing, energetic, and sometimes (okay, maybe more than sometimes...) exhausting little boys, definitely can have it's ups and downs. I (Crystal), also work full-time at Mayo Clinic as a physical therapist. So time usually is not on our side. I recently listened to an amazing Leadership Podcast by Craig Groeschel. He enlightened me by discussing how time is a finite concept. Meaning, that no matter how much we wish for, or pray for more time in the day, it does not change. There are only 24 hours in each day, 7 days in each week, and 52 weeks in each year. What we can do about this dilemma, is managing our energies. Take an inventory of what things bring you energy and what things drain you of your energy. Capitalize on the times of day, or days a week that you are at your best, and be gracious to yourself when you are not. I think the best answer to the question of "how do you do it all?", is that we choose to show up. Decide to be present. Stay up late roasting or bagging coffee instead of finding a spot on the couch and watching Netflix (though this definitely happens too). Involve your kids in your business. This means that things can get chaotic when you are trying to engage customers and your kids want your full attention, but I believe that customers are gracious and understanding, and I'm also teaching my kids patience, and how to connect to others. This is not to say that we don't get tired or worn out. But I guess that goes back to the energy concept, and finding ways to build up our energies, and then making sure we do those things. This is still a process and journey for us. We are so grateful to have each and everyone of you right along side us as we figure out this small business life.
Crystal & Jim
Starting a small business with your husband definitely has it's challenges. Recently, I've come to the realization that it is a lot like dancing...literally. When Jim and I are working an event, crammed in a 10' x 10' space, things get a little...crowded. We've had to learn how to work together, and around each other. One of us will handle the samples, while the other manages the checkout process. There are of course, still times when we might step on each others' toes, but for the most part, after 2.5 years of navigating this journey together, I feel like we have found our rhythm. This goes for managing the business as well. Sometimes Jim leads, and other times, I need to take the lead. We have learned how to make decisions together, being considerate of each others' opinions....and sometimes strong ones. I'm learning when to speak up, when to stay quiet, and when to wait. I have this tendency to push Jim outside his comfort zone, and he helps me to be patient....which is very challenging at times. I have no doubt, that we haven't yet mastered this dance and we still have a lot to learn. But there is no one else I'd rather be learning the steps with...and dancing our way toward achieving our dream of a dual purposes coffee shop.