Fort Worth Magazine launched a new editorial specifically for business owners and entrepreneurs. It was a bit of a shock to be asked to be in it and the article is a little more edgy than most articles that have been written about MELT or me but I am flattered to be considered a Fort Worth business leader.
They quoted me saying, “The most rewarding part has been the team of people making Melt a place they want to be at.”
It’s been such a huge part of my heart to build a place that my team wants to go to work, a place they enjoy and are happy to serve at. With out our MELT team we wouldn’t be what we are.
It’s so weird to look back at the last few years. How far we have come, how fast time goes by, how different our lives are from when we first got married and moved to the Southside almost six years ago.
I shared with social media a few days ago that my husband quit his job. He quit his big fancy corporate America job. The one that pays all the bills, puts food in our belly and takes care of important adult things like health insurance.
He’s the smartest guy I know and did not make this decision quickly. It was carefully calculated just like all his decisions are. We are so intrinsically different in that way. I jump head first, he tip toes and weighs out the implications of each decision he makes. It really makes us incredibly balanced as a team.
While he would pitch in with the business when he could, he rarely had time to devote big chunks of time to MELT. He simply couldn’t do corporate America any more. The constant phone calls, weekend meetings, late nights, all the time expecting more and more from him. He was over it. He was smothered by it. He left with his integrity intact. He gave his notice and finished his duties with composure and then he got the heck out of there.
We had long extended conversations about what this would look like. We went back and forth on when the right time would be. If we could afford it. What would happen if things started going bad for the business. But in the end, we simply realized we can’t predict the future. This is a step closer to what we want our life to look like. So we decided hand in hand we would jump and run head first towards what we want together. And our lives will change a bit.
So, we are walking away from security, not arrogantly but humbly.
With butterflies in our stomachs and excitement in our hearts, our eyes are filled with wonder as we plan this new start.
Photos by Casey Chappell
Sometimes I feel like I’m this weird anomaly because I’m not a chef. I’m a passionate entrepreneur in the food industry that wants do great big things. I love this quote from my girl crush, the dessert queen Christina Tosi.
“Being humble is one of the most important things, and not being afraid to put yourself out there is important. I think really successful chefs put themselves out there on a daily basis. You can never fake authenticity, and I think the more authentic we can get — the stories, the recipes, the trajectory, and how you got to where you are, how this recipe got to where it is — the more of that, the better. Nothing replaces authenticity.”
Photos by Fort Worth Funky
One bad day. That’s it, the end. It’s just a bad day. Tomorrow is fresh, tomorrow is new. Tomorrow can be good. Change your attitude and you can change your day, or just wait until tomorrow and wake up new.
I had the honor to attend Leadercast last week and the message was centered around being Brave. Rorke Denver a former Navy Seal said, “Bravery doesn’t have to be a solo experience, make it a team sport. Surround yourself with brave people.”
So much of what I walk through with my business is fear. Fear of the unknown because I’ve never had to do it before. For example, I’ve never led a team of people before (one that keeps growing), or made weighty financial decisions that impact my whole operation. Little bits of fear make me question my intuition daily and sometimes it can be paralyzing. I feel fortunate to have friends across all kinds of industries that share how they walk through their fears and how they make decisions. In the video below is a friend who boldly built a business around birthday parties. It is an inspiring watch, a reminder to be Brave.
In the darkness they shine…
The Brave Ones from Caravan on Vimeo.
“Shape the shapeless, lead the lost, we can change what seems unchangeable.”
-The Brave Ones