Allen Saunders is quoted as saying, "life is what happens while you are busy making other plans." We are only 2 months into 2019 and life has most certainly happened.
Our business is not as straight forward as some may think. It takes a lot of work, sweat, and planning. The planning is definitely the hardest. However, for 2019, we had put together a plan with our small team of employees and family members, and it was good. It was going to be a lot of work, but it was good.
We started 2019 with plans to conquer the world by making it a lot grumpier every day. A large portion of this plan was based around Susannah Hood, an employee of Grumpy Man since 2017, who has been pivotal in helping to grow our business since joining our team. Susannah began with Grumpy Man by doing farmers markets and festivals. Given her success and her never-meet-a-stranger attitude, she quickly moved into store sales. Unfortunately, Susannah was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer at the beginning of this year. Plan, meet unforeseeable calamity.
Now it may seem callous and like my priorities are in the wrong place, but here is the irony. While I worried about my friend's health, she worried about how to fill the gaps she was leaving in our beautiful plan to conquer the world. She began telling me all the ways that she could still work after surgery, including marketing and learning how to run the website, to keep us moving in an upward trajectory.
Susannah had a double mastectomy at the beginning of February and will begin chemo next week. She has already taken two shifts since her initial operation. Although she still has a long journey ahead of her, her determination to continue working and living life in the face of adversity is nothing short of inspiring. So we ask for your thoughts and prayers over the coming months as she begins chemo, that she will be able to continue doing the things she loves.
In the meantime we will continue making and selling the best salsa and pepper jelly known to man - making the world a little grumpier every day.