During my last Notes from the Chocolatier’s Kitchen, things were wonderful. We were celebrating our five year anniversary, prepping for our Kickstarter campaign, and monitoring our remodel for our production kitchen and chocolate education center. Life was good! Things seemed to be moving in the right direction.
Well, that didn’t last for long. One afternoon, I decided to stop by the building to check on progress of the remodel. I didn’t notice anything strange immediately, except for the fact that my contractor wasn’t there working like he was supposed to be. As I examined the area more closely, I noticed that things were missing – lights, supplies, tools, and materials I had personally purchased were gone. GONE! I did the only thing that seemed appropriate at the time – I sat down in the middle of an empty shell of a kitchen and cried.
Over the next few weeks, I hit one roadblock after another. The realization that my general contractor had skipped town began to sink in. And as I sorted and cleaned through the physical mess he left behind, I uncovered more and more disasters requiring immediate attention – missing permits, unpaid subcontractors, and more stolen items. For anyone who has ever embarked on their own construction project, you will understand when I say it was my worst nightmare.
The stress of all of this has taken its toll physically, emotionally, and financially. I have lost over 10 lbs. My bank account is beyond tapped out. And I spend days walking in circles trying to determine what to tackle first.
At least the urge to burst into tears has finally subsided.
To say, “Life is hard” is an understatement right now, but I don’t want this month’s Notes from the Chocolatier’s Kitchen to be all about the struggles of my current situation. I want to be honest and share with each of you what I have been struggling with. Yes, it is all part of owning a business and being hands-on in everything that is related to it. And for every setback I face, it makes me more determined to succeed at my dream for Delysia.
During this month of Thanksgiving, I want to reflect on the people I am thankful for. Difficult times bring out your true support network. It’s when you learn who is truly behind you and wants to see you succeed. I am and will always be forever grateful to my family who has been by my side through this. To the trades and subcontractors who have been willing to step in and help, I truly appreciate your advice and support. To our customers, thank you for your patience and understanding as we sort everything out. I promise you, Delysia Chocolatier will get through this and be better than ever at creating the award-winning chocolates you’ve learned to love and trust.
And finally, to our Kickstarter campaign contributors and evangelists who have supported our efforts to raise money – something that I’m not afraid to admit that I need now more than ever before – from the bottom of my heart, thank you, thank you, thank you!
Wishing you the comfort of everything for which you’re thankful for this Thanksgiving.