As I sit down to type this blog post, emotions surge through me, and I find myself reflecting on the incredible journey that the past year has been. It's been a roller coaster of emotions, challenges, and triumphs, and I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the path I've traveled as an entrepreneur.
The decision to embark on this entrepreneurial journey meant bidding farewell to a career that was once my ultimate dream. The fearless version of myself took the plunge into the unknown world of business ownership, armed only with the belief that I could make a difference, spread smiles, and be present for my two precious children.
Two years down the road, I stand in a space I had never dared to dream of. What started as a vision to serve seniors has evolved into a broader commitment to help anyone in need. The journey has been transformative, marked by challenges that forged my strength, curiosity that revealed my power, and resources garnered from showing up every single day.
I owe much of my growth to the unwavering support from my family, friends, community, city, state, mentors, and leaders. To everyone reading this, you are a vital part of the community that has empowered me to do and be more. Thank you for embracing the last two years of our service at Namaste Brows and Boutique, for the collaborations, events, and the wild ideas that have made me a better businesswoman, mother, and human being.
Highlights of the Year:
January: Community Service for Life Haven The year kicked off with a heartwarming community service initiative, collecting personal items for teenage mothers and babies under 2 years old.
February: Customer Appreciation for Valentine's Day Surprising customers with fresh roses and chocolates throughout the month, spreading love and appreciation.
March: Oval Art Event and HRIEC Commission Participating in the Oval Art event, joining the HRIEC Commission for the City of Roseville, and celebrating the birthdays of both my children.
April: Spotlight for Business in the City Being in the spotlight for business in the City of Roseville and joining the Community Entrepreneur Program at St. Thomas.
May: A Month of Personal Development and Loss Completing the "Unleash Her Power Within" program, collecting food items for the homeless in Minneapolis, and mourning the loss of a dear friend, my biggest fan, my Grandma Lenore.
June: Immersion in the Community Being a vendor at various events, attending the Roseville Rotary club and many networking events and being recognized as the "Community Hero" for Do Good Roseville. We donated 1230 food packages to Agate Service. Being a part of a successful event for Juneteenth was also big highlight.
July: Representation and Life Coaching Becoming a vendor at events like "Slice of Shoreview" and living my dream of being a life coach for inmates at Hennepin Jail.
August: Wellness Month and Personal Growth Engaging in wellness events, attending "Business Mastery" by Tony Robbins, and taking on roles as a Senior Mentor and board member.
September: Boutique Expansion and LA Travel Venturing into more boutique items, traveling to LA, and gearing up for the busy season.
October: Nepali Celebrations and Community Recognition Celebrating Dashain and Tihar with my Nepali family and friends , being recognized as a radical leader by The Coven, and experiencing the support for handmade products in Minnesota and so many Makers Markets.
November: Grant Success and Community Acknowledgment Receiving a grant for business space renovation, speaking at the MCCD Annual Meeting, and collaborating with small businesses.
December: Customer Appreciation and Giving Back Hosting successful customer appreciation events, surprising seniors with Christmas gifts, and wrapping up the year on a high note.
As we step into 2024, I extend my heartfelt gratitude to each person who has been a part of this incredible journey. Your support, encouragement, and love have been the pillars of strength, and I can't wait to see what the new year holds. Here's to more growth, more giving, and more success in the coming year. Happy New Year 2024!