Love Is the Most Powerful Force

Love can move mountains. As a mother, I know that this is most certainly true, and that it is the most powerful force of all. It motivates my every motion from dawn until dusk.

I’ve been working an insane amount of hours. This morning I was up at 5 a.m. to meet my Ocean SF Business partner before I started my side hustle on Treasure Island at 8:30 a.m. I’m falling in love with my co-workers and the entire business of making some of the most beautiful liquor in the world. The environment is fun, lively, and completely inspires me as an entrepreneur.

I’ve met some amazingly beautiful people and have enjoyed every moment. If I didn’t love it, I wouldn’t be doing it, but at the same time it’s helping me so much in understanding how to manufacture high quality products. The process is so similar to the clothing industry where there are entrepreneurs helping entrepreneurs (more on this complex ecosystem later).

In addition, I’m given a nice amount of product, which if whiskey is your thing is good, but for me I’ve given most of it away, as I am a wine drinker. I’ve been offered a bottle of the premium brand of rum that was just bottled, and all I can think to do with it is to pour it over ice cream served with whipped cream and caramels. The entire building smelled like vanilla, spices, and sugars when it was bottled the other day. I will eventually serve this dish with coffee and warm cognac at a future dinner party.

As I drive over the bridge every morning toward San Francisco I weigh my options. My mind is as unsettled as the water below me, but someday the water will be calm and the path will be obvious. From experience, I know that after the path is chosen, no matter how difficult the choice, it will bring positive changes and move my life in a forward trajectory.

You would not believe how long it took me to form that last sentence, though not easily conveyed, the sentiment behind it is true. Some decisions are more difficult than others as they come with twists and turns and must be taken at the onset purely on faith.

Everything I do now is for my children and it is because of this intention that I know everything will be fine.

I look forward to the day when my life is settled, happy and predictable, but until then I will enjoy maintaining a beautiful home for my children, spending time with the people I love, and driving to magical Treasure Island.

Love is a powerful force and it both guides and protects me on my journey.

Love and blessings to all.

Goddess of Fortune & The Next Chapter

Recently, I’ve been concerned with being very ethical in all that I do and allowing God to work through me. I pray every morning and ask God simply to help me become a more beautiful person. I remember doing this as a student in Corvallis when I was very young. God blessed me then with wonderful friends, amazing instructors, and guided me to study abroad in London which was a transformative experience. I feel that I am going through a similar chapter of my life. I’m working hard and trying to stay on the right path and have perfect faith that everything will work out as it should.

I’ve been working on a team that produces a product called Gold Bar. When I was hired they gave me a bottle and I’ve been fascinated by it. It sits on my desk and I study it. I wouldn’t dare open it as it is so beautiful. On the front is a bronze coin with the image of the Goddess of Fortune. It’s fitting for me that the label says “May her light reveal your fortunes path” as I’m always referring to my path.

Last week I drove the Canadian whiskey maker around. We sat in the sunshine and drank coffee. He’ very soft spoken. This is in direct contrast to the rest of the team who are amazingly fun, hardworking, and kind making the entire experience magical and unforgettable.

Gold Bar is an award winning luxury brand of small batch whiskey. They’ve won awards for not just their whiskey, but their stunning packaging that is done mostly by hand. By doing this job I’ve learned so much about producing something beautiful and what it takes to make that happen. Helping other entrepreneurs through the same process I just went through in Los Angeles has been eerily coincidental, but it has given me great insight into how to make my next production run for Ocean SF smoother and less stressful for all concerned.

It’s taken a while, but I feel like I’ve finally turned the page and I am wholeheartedly enjoying this new chapter of my life.

Love and blessings to all.