I started Almond Brook Crafts at my favorite bar. I stared at those dinky wooden muddlers behind the bar and saw something I could do better. I didn't know anything about business (there is a lot to know about business) but people were so patient with me as I bumbled along.
I wasn't in a great place when I started. I was struggling hard with depression and anxiety. I had a new baby at home and a kid starting preschool. I felt like I was failing at everything around me.
But Almond Brook Crafts was a place to let go of that. A skill I had that required all my attention. A time for the voice in my head to shut up and focus on that dangerous tool we were holding.
I worked on this business through the worst months of my life. I worked on it as I sought treatment. I worked on it as I began feeling better.
I'm very proud to be here today. To have all the friends I've met through ABC. To have more than 150 sales under my belt. I'm braver than I was a year ago. It's so much more than barware to me now.
Thank you for your love and support, it's meant the world to me.