That was me two weeks ago, when Mr STK and I decided it was time.
Time for what?
For SavingKitchens to go big (or stay home?).
Or is it go home.
In my case, it would be stay home.
I’ve been operating my business, with great success, right out of my home.
100 plus cars have pulled up my long driveway and after an hour or two spent with me, pull away and BAM the person’s life already begins to change.
I’ve had workshops and my biweekly STK Roundups here as well.
My neighbors have to wonder what on earth I have going on over here.
Sometimes I wonder as well.
Who am I?
As I’ve said 52 trillion times, I am not who I was two and a half years ago.
I’m still Shari, wife of John (his identity has been stripped…he is only known as Mr STK or Papa now 😆), mother of four (plus) and grandma of three.
You know the rest of the story.
This past week, I’ve slept…hardly.
My mind is in a thousand directions.
Between my speaking events, workshops and now working on the final details of making this happen…
It’s quite exciting and very nerve wracking.
See that space on the left?
Picture with me, if you will, a sign in that little peak, that looks kinda sorta like this:
I’ve branded more of that in the past six months than my legal business name, SaveTheKitchens.
It’s on two cookbooks, the name of my Facebook group and also on my Jeep.
A week ago, I was shopping in Kroger and soon after arriving back home, I had an email from a local chiropractor.
Long story, short.
A few days later, I met with her and her staff to give them a bit of background about myself as well as what this whole SavingKitchens is all about.
So in the past week, I’ve been speaking in several public arenas about STK and am now able to announce the SUPER EXCITING news about its new location coming soon.
Tonight, I’m here.
Yep, that’s me on the door.
I’ve also made friends with a wonderful young couple a few doors down that opened their chiropractic office up just a year ago.
They are thrilled with what I’m doing and am now about to do.
One year ago, I walked into the vitamins and herbal supplement store that I’ll now be RIGHT NEXTDOOR to and made great friends with them.
They have referred a few people to me already and I see a great relationship between all of us in moving ahead.
So now the big question that people most want to know is this:
“Just what will your store be like?”
A bit different, I hope.
I’m a bit different.
Both in my whole approach in helping people as well as how I’ve operated, well everything.
I mean, SavingKitchens…THAT is kinda different, wouldn’t you agree!?
But it’s WHAT I do.
Here’s a little clip on what I said about that recently.
I’ve said this often, I am more service based.
I help people by educating, assisting, supporting and encouraging.
So, I would like to think that a large part of my new location is in consulting.
Come see me and a lot happens.
I say that with great confidence.
I have come to learn that when I meet with people, most are not familiar with the foods I’m suggesting, let alone what they look like or how to find them.
A lightbulb went off quite some time ago.
Put it all together and you have a small consulting/retail business.
I’ve got BIG ideas from what it will look like inside, what inventory that I carry (would you believe a wholesale company FELL into my lap?) as well as the workshops and meetings that can be held there.
Here’s the but again.
All along the way, it’s been extremely important to me to have a balance.
I have a husband, kids and grands that are more important to me than all of this.
And trust me when I say that ALL OF THIS is VERY important to me.
I’ve been able to do all that I do and still make time for my family.
I want to continue going the path that I’ve been led down.
I will not be chained to my business.
There are health food stores that are open early until late.
That’s not how I’ll operate, at least in the beginning.
I’m envisioning certain retail hours with consults and workshops by appointment/after hours.
As I grow, I’ll hire.
I already see that happening.
It’s a wonderful time in my life and I’m extremely grateful to do all that I love and make such a difference in people’s lives.
I gave my heart to the Lord exactly 14 years ago and as I’ve grown in that area of my life, He has now called and equipped me for all of this.
So. With all of that said, I’ve been a bit busy, making things happen.
Visiting nearly every local business, spreading the word as I ask for their services (bank, insurance, sign company, furniture store…etc).
Most all are very intrigued and looking forward to visiting when I’m open.
Right now, I’m shooting for a May grand opening.
I need six of me in the meantime.
In all seriousness, I get up (at the crack of dawn) each day, check off what I can and most often feel pretty accomplished.
I’ve been called.
So I’ve been equipped.
I never dreamt that I would be doing all of this..but He knew all along.
I woke up at 3am this morning and couldn’t go back to sleep.
And because I’ve been pretty sleep deprived this past week, I tossed and turned a bit and thought to myself, “this is such a big scary step…should I really do it!?”
A short while later, I’m sipping my first cup of coffee and THIS nearly leapt off of my iPhone at me from an Instagram post: