October and November are always a busy time for small business. I’m gearing up for the gift-giving season, and many of you start buying lotions, balms, and butters again as the weather dries out your skin. It’s a double-whammy for small makers like me, but also our best time of year.
This year, I had an extra whammy in the form of a needed rotator cuff repair. Then an infection in the repair. And then a bad reaction to the antibiotic for the repair. I won’t go into detail, but it has not been my favorite season.
So here I am in the middle of November, with one arm still not working well, fatigue as my body repairs itself from the onslaught of yuck, and a mountain of work to do.
And I am so thankful.
Yep, I am. Because I have a great employee, Cole Tucker, who has been able to step in to make product and more. I have a great husband, David, who stepped up to parenting and housekeeping and hauling and tea-fetching and all the rest while I recuperated. I have a great kid who, at 8, is showing maturity and empathy. And I have friends who in ways small and large have lightened the load.
I also have great customers, like you, who love the things I make, and value the work that I put into them. It means so much to me.
So today and tomorrow, as we cook our veggies and pies, stuffing and turkeys and tofu, I’ll be thinking about how great it is that all of you help me though all of this!
And can I make a suggestion? There are lots of places, like Loaves and Fishes and the Ithaca Rescue Mission both in Ithaca, NY that work hard to help people who aren’t as fortunate as I am. Now is a great time to express your gratitude by helping–with time, money, or both–organizations that work hard every day of the year.