We are BEYOND thrilled to have an incredible write up in Santa Barbara Life & Style magazine! Back in September, I sat down with Kara Thompson at my favorite coffee shop in Carpinteria, Lucky Llama. We talked about the inspiration behind Black Bow Sweets, the courage needed to get started and what we are looking forward to next.
It was an emotional experience for me, because I got to look back over the past two years and take note of all the things I had accomplished to get me to where I am now. I almost never do that. Mostly, I think, because who has the time to reminisce? There is so much to do in paving a path forward that I don't stop to smell the proverbial roses. However, this interview gave me the chance to do it and I gained a new confidence for the road ahead.
This interview also came at a time when I was facing the biggest fight of my life. Between March and July of this year, I had undergone two biopsies and one small surgery in an effort to prevent a cancerous growth. However, the biopsy from the surgery revealed a tumor that we couldn't see before and I was diagnosed with invasive cancer in August. During this interview, I was so glad that I DIDN'T know then, what I knew now. I know it's usually the other way around when you look back a little older and a little wiser....but being naive about my health condition two years ago was a great thing for my business. Two years ago, I felt like I was in my prime and there were no barriers (other than my own fears) to starting Black Bow Sweets. And for that, I am forever grateful, because I became incredibly strong over those two years. I crushed every obstacle, jumped every hurdle and turned a little dream into reality. I'd ridden the start up roller coaster and lived to tell the tale. So, when cancer came along, I actually wasn't scared. I was a million other emotions, but never scared that it would get the best of me. I now have this innate sense that anything is possible and I owe that to the journey of starting Black Bow Sweets.
You can read the full article from the Nov/Dec 2017 issue of Santa Barbara Life & Style here, pages 28 and 29.