What's Tea Got To Do With It?
It’s been a whirlwind of a few months.
My daughter-in-law Grace and I decided to start a business. A new mom, Grace made the decision to leave her full-time job. With my part-time business we were able to spend a good bit of time together (I’ll grab every chance I can get to see my first grandbaby) and have lots of conversation. Eventually, we got around to talking about starting a business together. In the 7 years we’ve known each other, it has come up a few times, but it never seemed like the right time. We share a love of tea, good conversation, family…well you get the idea. Thus, the idea to form Measures of Grace was born.
I have a tendency to underestimate the physical effort of any project. Just ask my husband. Not only do I believe every project to be “easy,” but my time frame may sometimes be a little off—“We can do it in TWO weekends!” My husband’s formula for my project ideas is (the amount of time Susie says it will take) X 20 = Reality. I don’t agree, but let’s move on.
With a lively baby, a 90 minute commute between households, my part-time catering business, and my son’s new construction business, we all have our plates full. But we were determined. I spent my very first day wholesale shopping solo because Grace didn’t have a babysitter. I had to practice saying “Let me call my business partner before my final decision” without breaking into laughter. Thankfully, she loved my choices, and we’ve gotten a lot done since then. But it hasn’t been easy. Not at all. There have been a lot of late nights and early mornings. A lot of texting, calling, and commuting. Our “to do” lists have grown to swallow legal pads. Who knew there was so much to do?!
Every week, Grace and Baby A pack up and head over to Gram’s. We take turns watching her so one of us can get something done. Since Baby A is now crawling, we can’t take our eyes off her for a second, so a lot of our day consists of hollering ideas to the one who is actually working. There is zero rest until the magical time of day- also known as NAP time! (Yippee!)
This past week was no exception. Grace and I spent three full days working on our website and getting ready for our launch. With our yoga (sweat) pants, makeup-free faces, and pony tails, we looked more like frazzled housewives than entrepreneurs. We lived for naptime as we were in crunch mode.
Our final shipment had come and Grace needed to finish photographing our products. My sons were here helping out with Baby A, and Grace and I were left to wrap things up. My entire house looked like it had been ransacked. There wasn’t a room to escape for a glimpse of rest. We had unpacked and repacked, shot photos, ironed linens, shrink wrapped, rearranged product, made a TON of tea, and all of a sudden we were done.
We quickly decluttered the dining room (as in, piled everything into the foyer), filled my tea kettle, and grabbed the tea treats I had made for her photo shoot. Within 15 minutes we were sitting at the table with my sons (yes, one is her husband) and a beautiful spread. We went instantly from frazzled to relaxed, from business mode to party mode. It was the most wonderful 30 minutes of our week.
We are very blessed in our family. We really enjoy being together. But, like everyone else, lots of stuff seems to keep us preoccupied. So if you find yourself in a frenzy, brew a pot of tea, and call everyone to the table. You may be surprised how quickly the daily stresses disappear.