Dear everyone,

COVID 19. Here we are. What is happening?!?!

I think that sums up how I feel. I don't like to think back on it- but I know for a fact that I've been through some crazy and difficult things. I don't want to list them all but the gist of it is that I recovered from those difficulties. As soon as situations were under control: behold the Corona Virus. The historic pandemic never seen in our lifetime. Okay universe, I take your dark humor. And I raise you my strength and creativity. I guess I will always be that person with the glass half full mentality.

Here is my honesty: I don’t think the corona virus will destroy strong entrepreneurs. We are entrepreneurs for a reason. Because we have imaginations, we lead, we grow, and we create. I would love to say we will all survive this pandemic. The truth is. We will not all survive this pandemic. I am however willing to bet that this is not the first time that restaurant owners have had to improvise because they were at risk of losing it all.

Some of us will fear debt, they will lose faith and they will close. Some of us will stick to old ways of doing business and won’t be able to react quickly enough to technology. Some of us will adjust. Those of us who do will remain will revamp their businesses and roll with the punches. Our positive and glass half full here is:

to roll with the punches.

I’m a consultant and my job is to encourage and to inspire you. I should be encouraging the future of our industry and those who might not have had the privilege to have the experiences that I have had. I’m sure you had amazing experiences. However, I offer you my experience as the daughter of immigrants, my experience as a chef trained in amazing restaurants, and a graduate of the best culinary school in the world: The Culinary Institute of America. I have worked countless hours; I have given my life and probably even my personal relationships to this passion. I’m not being dramatic. I’m telling you what I have lived. I’ve been broken, I’ve been in desperation. And I fell like I have risen. I don’t say this to be dramatic. I’m just writing you as a friend. A friend who reading my blog. Probably thinking that I’m crazy, but hopefully listening to truth and the genuine knowledge that I have to share.

I need to let you know that today I helped some clients. Clients that didn’t know if they should stay open. Clients afraid for staff and their well-being. The well-being of children, of elderly, and lastly of themselves.

I told them to relax. I told them to have faith… and I told them to think outside the box. We no longer have a box. We can literally make of this industry whatever we want. Just make it profitable. Make it make money. Take risks if you believe it will work. Entrepreneurs take risks. Without taking a risk you would not be a business owner.

You can do this. Believe you can do this. And if you need help- email me. Because I don’t care who you are. If you have a dream- I will always tell you to figure out if viable, and if it is- I will most likely tell you to go for it. Go for it.


A food biz mentor

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As a consultant I hear many stories and see many people get frustrated because they think that they’re not achieving their goals quickly enough. I know from experience that we can get impatient and quit on something before we see the positive results that come from our decisions. Impatience and anxiety are the main detriment that I see affecting most of the entrepreneurs I meet.

What do we do about this? How can we learn to move forward step by step and just appreciate the challenges that life throws our way as time passes?

I love to do things that help me calm my anxiety. I like to share my experiences because although they may or may not be unique, sharing the stories help me accept them, learn from them, and move along. I enjoy singing, listening to music, painting, and doing anything else that will distract me from any negative thoughts so that I can continue to move forward. This helps me achieve a clear mind, and a clear mind helps me be creative and reach goals that seem impossible when I’m overwhelmed.

This was just a short note to let you all know that you’re not alone in these feelings. I don’t technically know how common it is to feel that anxiety that I call entrepreneurial anxiety, but I do hear about it a lot. Most of it is due to us not taking the time to work toward our goals every day. But the fact is that we all procrastinate. We are not perfect, and we get sidetracked often. The important thing to do when this happens is to shake it off and try to get better each day.

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It took me a few days to think of this next post. Sometimes I feel less inspired or sad and I have a rougher time getting through the day. I know that lots of other people feel that way too. I had a few defining moments in the past few weeks that made me think about the past 2 years and how they influence my life now. I think the biggest way my past ties into my life is in inspiration. It’s in knowing that I hit rock bottom and clawed my way back up again. Painfully and not in an easy way. I'm stronger now and it's time to regroup and get more serious about the path.

When I talk about “my past” I mean, all the difficult things that culminated in my life while causing a sort of internal emotional collapse. I had my father recovering from a heart transplant and constantly in the hospital, a business for sale that I didn’t want to be selling, and a marriage that was crumbling faster than a shortbread cookie. All of which had financial consequences that I had to juggle with nothing to fall back on.

It all happened at the same time. I thought I would die, but I didn’t die, I just kept pushing forward. I didn’t want to keep pushing forward, I wanted to stay in bed and drink tequila until I fell asleep every day. Sometimes I did stay in bed and drink tequila. But I had a family and friends that kept calling me and asking things of me. So, I helped them out, but I guess I was really helping myself because I was able to push forward. I knew I wasn’t okay mentally, but my family got me on the path to that stability I wanted.

What do I want out of life? I want to be happy. I want to be with someone that I can enjoy life with and grow with in spirituality and just live a happy human life. I want to have financial stability so that I don’t have to worry so much about keeping everything afloat. That's what I've been fighting for.

I know it can be hard to be a business owner. It is hard. It’s difficult to have to carry so many problems and come up with affordable solutions. It’s hard when few people can relate to your problems. It’s even harder when you’re going through a difficult life event such as a divorce. I was stressed, I lost my hair, I gained weight, my psoriasis had a field day with my skin. I was in bad shape. But the only way to get better is just to move forward, to push forward and see the Kairos. Identify the difficulty and take it as an opportunity to get stronger and to come back better than you were before. You don’t need to prove anything to anyone- but you do need to have faith in the power you have inside to adapt, overcome, and change for something much better.

I share this story because most of you know it anyway. And I’ve been asked a multiple times by different people how I was able to keep it together during all of that. If my story can help you, it gives that pain a positive conversion for me. I just want everyone to know that it never was kept together for me. I tried my best, but I failed so many times along the way. Many times, I failed very publicly. The most important thing is to keep moving forward. It doesn’t matter if you can only move forward slowly. As an entrepreneur, you don’t have a choice. This is what you need to do, or you will fail.

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