Wednesday, November 2, 2016

i will never give up

Its been about four weeks and I really had to put my thoughts together before writing about this.  I also wanted to have some reflection on the situation.
 
I had a setback in my mind, but now I see it as an opportunity to show that Jesus is always with you, you should never give up. I was called by the superintendent of the contracting firm that I was doing the single family homes for in Stanford and told I was being replaced.  She said my drawings were insufficient.  (That is the nice version). I asked,  "how I can I fix this? how can I make this right?" She said, "you can do nothing, I have someone else ready to take your job."  I was surprised, devastated, humiliated, and I felt like a failure.
 
 
Surprised because I was given no reason to know that my drawings were insufficient, none.  There were no comments or statements to me that I needed to fix my drawings, so this was a huge surprise.  Second, I felt humiliated because when your work is rejected you feel rejected and this is the feeling that truly sucks.  And a failure.......well Mr. Know-it-All told me to stop saying that after I described myself as a failure (probably too many times), in the days ahead, but that's how I felt. So then I did what any normal girl would do;  I cried to my mom who is always there for me and I thought she would let me whine, but she told me to pick myself up, be the fighter that I am, and to put on my big girl panties. 
 
Since thinking a lot about the entire situation I have found that there was no justification for the loss of the job.  I was never told there was a problem with my drawings until that fateful day when I was told I lost the job.  Now that I look back I see there was lack of communication to me in order to push me out.  The contracting firm didn't want me to fix the problem and they already had someone else lined up to replace me.  I was kept out of meetings that I should have been a part of and I have figured out that really it boils down to money which is the root of all kinds of evil.  The contracting firm found someone cheaper and broke their contract with me.  This I am sure of.   
 
 
And why am I being so transparent?  Because this is the only way I know how to be and I feel that this is the best way for me to be a witness for Jesus' love.  Since this I have found peace in my Jesus who is so gracious to me in all things.  I held on to His promises.  He is my Rock.  The miracle for me in all of this was, the phone call was on a Friday afternoon and by Sunday morning I was still hurting in my heart.  I went to church and was given an encouraging word from God in the sermon that day.  What a blessing!  I cannot say how blessed I felt when God had a special word for me that day.  I felt loved. 
So all of this to say, this is real life. Not everything goes easily in life, not everything goes smooth, but Jesus is there every step of the way.  And since all of this He has brought more jobs into my little cabinet life and I am swamped, in a good way....
Thank you so much for reading, thank you for following, I always want to be transparent and I will end with this;
 
Never. Give. Up.
 
your custom cabinet girl
 

Friday, September 23, 2016

10 things i learned at the NYNow show this year

I decided to do a list. 
10 things I learned at the NY Now Show this year.



1.Setting up my booth with Mr. Know-it-All was interesting.....He's a creeper.

2. Retail is changing the way companies look at merchandise and selling. Amazon is King and I am in the back seat.

3.  Sales people across the US are questioning if shows are the way to go in order to get your product to buyers.

4. Mr. Know-it-All thinks he knows it all.

5. On a rainy day, you can go right up to the top of the Empire State Building and have literally no wait time in line.  They let you go all the way up for a small price of $39 ;)

6. I met some really nice business men from Japan who bought some of my boards.  I got to put a pin on my world map in Osaka Japan.

7. I got to meet with the former president of Williams-Sonoma for dinner. We are friends now and he got to meet Mr. Know-it-All, but I don't know if he knows I call him that.

8. I didn't see all the small business owners like I did in 2013.  I am thinking they not going to the shows anymore..........

9.  I am wondering how I am going to sell more online in my store and how to incorporate that.....

10.  By Wednesday night I was so tired from the show and going out all night I could hardly keep my eyes open. 

This show was an eye opener for me in that it did not produce the results I received in 2013.  Are the buyers that came before not going to the shows?  Are the buyers going online now?  They are closing more retail stores throughout the US so maybe.  I have a lot to think about.  But I do know one thing.

I will never give up.

your custom cabinet girl


Friday, August 12, 2016

NY i'm coming

New York is on the horizon and I will be on my way in one week.  I am taking Mr. Know-it-All this time because I thought it would show him what I do at these events and I get to boss him around and tell him what to do.  Totally not the whole reason I am going..... (I need his height in order to put up the walls we made for the booth).......
 
I have not attended the New York show for 3 years so it will be nice to get reacquainted with buyers I have not seen in awhile and get to know new ones. 
 
I also have some new product I am excited to bring.  Like the "Le Carre Petit"
I have been trying so hard to get into QVC and HSN and I've been told my product needs to walk itself off the table.  So if somehow I can make this board move telepathically it looks like I'll have a winner. 
But you know, when you just know, that you have an excellently made product, and it doesn't fall apart, and its meant to last, and its aesthetically pleasing to the eye......... and you just know it will sell............ I just can't stop trying to sell to the biggest retailers.
 
And that's why "NEVER GIVE UP" is my motto for life. 
So I'm going to New York to see these buyers in person and make out like the retail genius I am (just kidding) and try to sell... sell.... sell......
 
Pray for me.....
 
your custom cabinet girl 
 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

only girl in the room

Today was so exciting and I was nervous like always.  I had a meeting at Stanford for all the preliminary cabinet stuff and I have to begin measuring the houses for cabinets. I was sitting in the meeting and we were talking and going over plans, and after about an hour I happened to look around the table................slowly I realized two things;
1) I was the only girl in the room
and
2) I was able to go to this meeting and represent the company by myself
 
I got a smile on my face......
 
its the little things......
 
at 37 years old, I feel I am beginning to learn how to represent the company in a way that my dad taught me how all of these years working for him and with him. 
 
as I was leaving I took a photo of the progress of the houses....
 
And I loved the traffic going home.........the 2 1/2 hr drive.......and the bugs on the windshield were just a bonus....
 
I am not complaining, I am grateful, so grateful for the work.
 
I will be going back within a few days to start checking measurements so I can order cabinets and I cannot believe that I am at this stage.  Its here!
 
I'm excited and I'm nervous...........
 
your custom cabinet girl