Does anyone else cry when they’re stressed or is it just me? Lately, I just burst out in tears. My family is starting to think I’ve lost my mind! But I have good reason to be feeling the pressure.I recently decided to take a big risk and attempt something that until now I’d only dreamed about…Start my own business!
See, a few years ago I started making soap. Yes, soap. I never even knew that was a thing but there we were, my son Michael and I, in the local craft store looking at soap supplies. Until then, all I knew of soap was what I purchased at the local supermarket. Blocks of boring, overly scented, chemical ridden soap that I bought in bulk. Don’t get me wrong, who really pays attention to soap? It serves a purpose – to clean. What else do you really want from it?
My answer: I want it to be pretty. I want it to smell good. I want it to be good for me and I want it to be made of things that come from nature – not a manufacturing plant. Thus, LittleSoapLady was born!
I did a lot of research and watched a lot of videos. I even worked for a fellow soaper and gained some valuable experience. Then it was time for me to take the leap. To be honest, my first batch of soap was a colossal flop! It never even made it to the mold. It went directly to the garbage pail. [sigh] The second wasn’t much better but I kept at it. I’ve become more confident. My technique has improved and I have perfected my recipes. My soaps began to look good, really good! So much so that family and friends suggested I sell them.
Now, I’m no authority on the subject. In fact, I’m still learning. But in the past few years I have learned a thing or two and it’s my hope that in future posts I can share with you:
• The health benefits of the ingredients I use.
• Techniques that make a beautiful bar of soap.
• My adventures of owning and growing a small, woman owned business.
That brings me back to all those tears. Yes, I’m nervous this could fail. But I am reminded of a quote I tell my kids, the bigger the risk the bigger the reward. And how awesome would it be to turn those tears of fear into tears of joy?!
I encourage you to check out my store, purchase a few soaps and see why my friends and family encouraged me to embark on this exciting journey!