These past few weeks have been a bit hectic. Last year when I launched Grow It Girl I was totally unprepared for what I faced, I shot at the hip A LOT. In fact I still do. I had no idea what it would take to run an exclusively online shop from home with two kids. Little did I know that life would throw in a third baby for kicks. Having never owned a shop before, it seemed like at every turn there was something new to learn or a curveball to dodge. Regardless and with my growing belly, we dove head first into the wholesale world at just 6 months old (yes, even while we were still learning the ropes). And now, 6 months later and with a fresh baby, we are on our way (literally) to Urban Outfitters’ distribution centers to be sold in there retail stores and online. With it being our first big retail store, I’m totally over the moon. Needless to say that one year ago I wouldn’t have guessed I would be shipping boxes of my bottles out to a major retail store. While that was the goal to begin with, at one year since its’ debut with a fresh baby, I was not wholly prepared for keeping up with sales on the retail and wholesale side. But here we are regardless and I’m just floored, and sometimes I wonder how I’m keeping it together. I’ve always said that if I sold just one bottle or helped just one person, it would all be worth it. Every bottle is, my friends and I still smile wide when I get an email notification for a new order. This year has been one of my absolute happiest years of my life. With my 3 babies and wonderful husband, and yea, a little product I invented a few years ago being sold in a real store is beyond what I gave myself permission to imagine.
Major props to my amazing husband who has pushed me hard and fought to keep this dream alive as much as I have. I would not be functioning as smoothly without him and as much as I like to call it MY product and MY shop and MY business, it is definitely a collaborative effort. All of my boys help me, especially to keep me motivated. Gavo helps me measure out ingredients some days, and Eddie really likes putting the “stickers” on the boxes. It takes longer, but having my family do this with me is exactly what I imagined one year ago. If anything, this is totally a family business. And I’m proud to call it that.
I love you all and thank you for all of your support. You breathe life into me and Grow It Girl would not be the same without you. And Neither would I. Xoxo!