The Business Diaries – Where Are We Now?

HERE. When we started, we had no idea fully what we were getting into and that was the beauty of it.  We had to grow to support our business and our family, but with growth comes lots of complications.  We are still running the business out of our house.  In fact, right now there are three of us sitting at our dining room table on laptops and our shipping manager is in our garage.  Some days, there are four of us here.  There are “work” things everywhere.  Two days ago we finally made more room in the “warehouse” also known as our garage, so we could get all of the candles out of our living room.  The full truth is, we have run out of space and we are limiting the business by being here still. Our team has grown.  We have several part time workers including a bookkeeper, shipping manager, sales and marketing assistant, several part time helpers for deliveries and canning and labeling and a product development / sales person who helps me with a lot of my side of the business.  I will introduce you to them soon, but in the meantime, lets talk about all of these people being willing to work out of our garage, dining room, kitchen and basement at times.  We are very blessed. And then there is the side where there is always someone in our home and there is absolutely no separation from work and our personal life.  That has begun to drag on us all a bit. And so where does that leave us? We have built a new sugar house! Actually – the front right is the sugar house and behind that is a warehouse (praise the Lord!).  Then, on the left side we have a packaging / bottling room, a kitchen, a retail space and event space.  Upstairs we have offices and a family space for our kids to be able to relax in when we are there.  It is very close to our house so we are fortunate to be able still have that type of flexibility. We are still a few weeks – to maybe more than a few weeks out to being able to get in here, but it is close.  With this new building will be able to hopefully continue to grow our business, host events, run our retail shop (part time) and who knows what else it may lead to.   I share updates pretty regularly on Instagram – mostly on stories if you want to see it come together in the final weeks – you can find us at FindingHomeFarms and Dana is at FindingHomeFarmsDana.  And I will continue to share more updates here on the blog as we move into these final stages. So, let’s get down to the real nitty gritty of this stage.  We all look at social media and see the styled images, the dreams being lived, the big risks being taken.  And of course, we want to see the good side – and there is a LOT of good.  But I thought I would share where I am at in this point in the process with a little more “truth” than what you might see on social media. I have dreamed of this type of project for so long I have lost track and now it is here and I am admittedly feeling very overwhelmed.  We have run this business with low risk and under the radar for so long.  Now, we are no longer “low risk” and we are definitely not under the radar.  I have learned a lot about myself over the last few months of this journey and I realize I am more conservative and “risk averse” than I realized. And I have learned a lot about Dana over these last few months.  He is more confident and determined than I have ever seen him before.  His belief and his determination are my bright light right now. From the day Dana left his “secure job”, I have felt a peace about this journey.   I am seeking that peace a bit more these days and turning more and more to my faith.   I think I am very much in the stage of “do something that scares you every day”.   I watched this video the other day about facing fear.  It ends with this quote: “Everything you want is on the other side of fear”.  That is what I am banking on right now. I am white knuckling it a bit now and holding on.  I can see the “dream” of what the future holds and I am praying and putting my faith in His plan.  Somehow even sharing this side of this here helps some. When we started this journey, I said multiple times – even if we fall flat on our face, I would rather fail than not have tried.  And so, the worse possible outcome is we fall on our face and we start over in a new way.  I don’t know what is coming next, but I am trying and learning more to trust.  To try and not worry and be anxious about the things I can control and work my buns off on all the things I can control. So what comes next? Well, if you are local, I hope you will be able to join us once we start planning and hosting events.  As far as the blog, I am actually really hopeful that getting the business out of the house will open up my creativity to taking care of my home more and having projects to share on that front.  I also will have space in the new building for photography and sharing ideas and projects.  I really WANT to blog more.  Really.  It is has just been a matter of capacity and space and our house being in such chaos.  So, no promises, but fingers crossed!  And of course, we hope to continue to share all of our products with you regardless of where you are. I will end with a question.  Do you want more of the “behind the scenes” side of the business on the blog?  Do you want information about our events even if you are not local? Any feedback or thoughts would be so appreciated. As always, thank you so much for your reading and allowing me to share.  It felt good to be back here today.  ]]>

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  1. I live in southeast Alabama and will never get to see the workings of a maple tree farm and processing. So yes, to the “behind the scenes” part of your business. And I love your decorating ideas.(plate door changed to garden tool door) May God bless you as you continue to follow your dreams.

  2. Best wishes to all of youl on this great new part of your adventure, Laura. Congratulations on the success you have already achieved, the success that paved the way to upping your business game. It sounds as though you and Dana put a lot of thought, research, and planning into this next stage, so no one can ask more of you than that. Consider us your cheerleaders as you move forward. Cheers, Ardith

  3. Love to hear all news and am excited for you in your new venture! What a beautiful new building! God bless you with wisdom as you move ahead.

  4. I’ve been missing you!! 🙂 Glad to hear that the business is coming along and that your are surviving and thriving. I for one love hearing about the business side of your company. I think that many of us have the “fear” of stepping out and hearing your story, game plan, ideas, etc. will be of service and interest to those of us that might be on the fence with starting our own little piece of the pie. The new gigs look great and I have no doubt that once you are in there you will feel less pressure and more like a functioning company. I’ve had a business out of my home and know how hard it is to turn it off when it’s all right in front of your face 24/7. So here’s to the future. God bless you and yours!!

  5. Hi Laura, So good to hear that everything is progressing. It is scary to finally see your dreams come true. But didn’t you get the bird sign from your grandfather? It is wonderful that you found what you love doing. I’m still here and I’m always glad to hear how you are. Have a wonderful day and until you write again — hugs!

  6. I have always loved your blog. All of it. I love your decorating style, I love following your business, I love hearing about your family. Oh, I love your maple syrup too! I actually bought a bottle at the Country Living Fair in Columbus last fall. I have missed seeing your posts, but knew that your business was taking off and that you had priorities that needed tending. Such is life! Can’t wait to see where life takes you and Finding Home Farms:)

  7. Laura, how exciting to see your business grow. I can only imagine what it has been like to try and run your business out of your home. How nice it will be for you to have your home back for your family and to also have your business so close to home. I enjoy following your blog and I hope you find time to continue to bring us more of your beautiful projects and inspiration. Good luck!

  8. I am so very, very happy to read all about this new direction your family and business are taking. Most of all I was relieved that it doesn’t mean the end of your delightful blog!! I was reading and waiting to find that the blog would be just too much with everything else and that would be understandable – but I’m thrilled that it is not going to happen. Please blog about everything that is occurring as you move forward on this exciting journey. I will add these thoughts from better minds than mine: Harry Truman said “Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb… that’s where the fruit is.” Henry Ford said “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” & “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t… you’re right.” Best wishes from a fan!!

  9. This is such exciting news! So happy for you and Dana and the girls. Dream big and big things will happen!! Xoxo

  10. Wonderful update and great things happening for you and the family! I enjoy all of your posts and definitely look forward to events and behind the scenes, even tho I’m not local. Who knows, I could make a journey there in the future and see how our syrup and candles are made! 🙂

  11. Hi Laura, I have been following you for a few years and have loved your journey. Even though I live in Northern California I enjoy all the goings on that you and your family do. My kids are grown and gone and like it when you post a dance event, or when you are setting up your booth somewhere. Your style of blogging makes me feel like you are a friend and you are taking me along with you. Getting ready to order more syrup that has become a staple over any other brand in my home. Happy to hear that you will get your home back and your business is growing. I say continue to share your heart, journey, family events, decorating ideas and that AMAZING SYRUP with us!

  12. Girl, I am so with you! I needed to read this as I am very close to opening the coffee shop attached to our shop. I have been so overwhelmed! This really encouraged me today. I love to read about all of it,but so understand if you don’t post often! Your candles are a top seller in my shop. Keep living your dream!

  13. Love to hear about your business, home, and family. So happy for you. Always loved your home and decorating too. Anything you share will be great I know.

  14. Your blog is one of the first blogs I started reading and I have missed your post. I just love your decorating style( especially your tool box collection) and reading about your business and family. The best of luck with the expansion. The building is beautiful. I’m not local( wish I was) but would enjoy reading about the events. Looking forward to seeing what the future has in store for Finding Home Farms.
    Many blessings

  15. So nice to hear from you again. I’m not a risk taker either, but 30 years ago we started our own business, and we are still at it! It hasn’t always been easy, and there have been some hard times, but all in all it’s been good. I’m a worrier, so that does not make a good partner for business. I know you’ll do great! You already have!

  16. This is an exciting phase in your life. I live in Australia but would still leave to read anything you post on your adventures including events.

  17. Glad to see you back! Good luck with the business, the new warehouse looks great. 🙂 I’d love to see you posting regularly again, about anything.

  18. Laura, Dana and young ladies,
    What a wonderful adventure and dream unveiling!
    You’re creating a destination (ala SILOS!) and when you build it…they will come!
    Best Wishes and Good Luck!
    Mary~

  19. I enjoy reading your blog! I thought this post was great a glimpse into the behind the scenes and reality of running your business. It’s refreshing to hear about reality, and not just the styled and perfect side of everything. I would like to continue to hear the behind the scenes information.
    Your new building is beautiful. Love the style you choose. I think I’m “local” so I’d love to hear about your events on your blog.

  20. You have an uncanny way of expressing yourself that makes the reader feel like they have jumped in and are having coffee with you. Your ability to share your life’s journey in such a “real” way is very touching. Thank’s for sharing the video on fear. It was a great reminder that fear only serves a purpose when our existence is threatened. It also brought to mind that worry serves no beneficial purpose other then cheating us from fully experiencing the present moment, which is really the only moment we truly own. You are fortunate to be able to lean on your faith which can be very comforting. Regardless of what lies in the future, the journey will have made you so much wiser and stronger. I believe you are on the road to success even if it is a bit bumpy. All that you share is my reading pleasure.

  21. So happy to see you in my email box! Your new building addition looks beautiful! Love a front porch! When you have time to blog, I love to hear about your business, anything and everything. I find it fascinating. Watching your dreams come true is much needed inspiration. You have worked so hard, it is wonderful to see the results.

  22. I love the paint color on the front of the building in the background of the photo of your family (The Business Diaries – Where We Are Now). Is it possible for you to please share the paint color?
    Thank you,
    B

  23. I love reading your posts about your business…it is what makes you, your blog and your posts unique. You have a story to tell…and the platform to tell it on. Go for it!

  24. I live in the Fort Worth area of Texas but I really appreciate the update on how your business is doing. You have wonderful products. I always love to see how you have styled your home and look forward to more of those posts when you have time to write them.

  25. How amazing! I’m sure you can hardly wait to get the business out of the house and off on it’s own grounds! I’m sure I’d be completely NUTS in your situation. : ) I’m so glad you get to expand this way, congratulations! I think it’s great that you share business stuff on your blog. I guess as long as it’s not going to just become nothing but advertising, I’d enjoy continuing to hear about everything that’s going on. I’m one of those “nosy” people who loves to see some behind-the-scenes life. It’s proof that people are still just… people, like me! It’s easy to lose sight of that. : ) Thanks!

  26. So nice to read about an update on where you are now….how exciting to hear that your business is thriving and you will be able to move into your new business space. So happy to hear that your and your family are happy and thriving and realizing your dreams!

  27. I have missed reading about your business, home, and all the things happening in your world. I just began a blog myself and I feel like you did when you started. I look forward to seeing what your post.

  28. Laura,
    I am so happy for you and your journey. Sometimes change is very scary but if you stay with it long enough it gets familiar and normal again.
    The hard part of having “company” in your home is you have to be “on” all the time. Laundry and bed head still happen :).
    Looking forward to more REAL life updates.
    rick

  29. Dear Laura,
    My name is Amy Gopel and I have been driving by the amazing Sugar House everyday for the last couple of months salivating over every 2×4 and knotty pine board! Your recent blog update has my heart exploding with your vision! I work for The Treasury Department full time, and am a local author (“Share This Journal” – a journey of acts of kindness), public speaker, and people collector.
    I live on Mullock rd. in Greenville, and love our community and the people that we have in it. I don’t believe in coincidences and find it rather serendipitous that I am working on creating a community initiative based on creating and doing acts of kindness called “Finding Your Kind”.
    I would love to speak to you about your plans for your gathering space. Please get in touch when you are able as I would love to have an opportunity to speak to you about similar interests and visions for our community.
    Have a blessed day.

  30. So nice to get an update on the business. Best of luck as you move forward in this exciting journey. Such an inspiring quote too…ironically, I was just pinning quotes like that yesterday. Sending positive vibes your way!
    Shelley