I put an ad in Craig’s List looking for help. I have had great people working with me sporadically but I needed someone on a more regular basis. I had no time to comb my hair and brush my teeth and that wasn’t so good for business or those who love me. I was a little hesitant because that would mean more responsibility. It would mean instead of feeding three little mouths, one big guy, a feral cat, and all my clients, that I would need to add one more to the list of depending on me. When fear lurks, adding someone to that list can be quite overwhelming. The what if’s start to rattle in my brian. The “how in the hell am I going to accomplish this?” wakes me up at 3am. I was at a cross-road. Could I continue at this speed, drinking coffee at all waking moments, not practicing what I preach about balance and eating healthy, and looking as if I had stuck my finger in an electrical socket? Or could I actually trust, ask, and most importantly receive help graciously?
I had an idea of what type of person I wanted to hire but I had no idea what was heading my way. I received about 50 inquiries to the position and almost all of them started out with a few words that made little to no sense. I am not a professional writer, but I am pretty sure that what I was reading was not sentences. I had hired people before when managing at a local bakery. I knew what hiring someone “difficult” could mean… stolen goods, eye rolls and a big pain in the ass if ever you asked them nicely to take out the trash. When I told people I put an ad in Craig’s List they looked at me like I was crazy. I know this look. I have received it many times before.
I met with two people from those 50+ resumes. I knew they weren’t a good fit. In this business there is a lot to weed out. The number of people with drug and alcohol addictions seem to permeate this industry. Then, I received this email from a sweet young woman who had just moved to Atlanta from Kentucky. She is a Bikram Yoga instructor, an artist, a dreamer, and most certainly a hard-working individual. I knew from her first message that she was the one. We did an interview and afterwards I was skipping home on cloud nine. She was the perfect fit!
When we worked together the first day, she introduced me to a book, The Artist Way by Julia Cameron. I mention the book because she gives so much more than just a sandwich. She’s smart, grounded, generous, and loves to live life to the fullest. Shes great at organization, taste and writing. And now, I am flattered to call her my friend.
I believed a person was out there who could help me with my next transition at Grits and Honey. I knew she was going to be fabulous but I had no idea how wonderful she could be. I am super happy to introduce Lauren to all of you! She will be writing some blogs and helping me with getting recipes out. I know you will enjoy her humor and wit as much as I do. Here’s to you, Lauren! Welcome to G&H! This is ging to be so much fun…stay tuned!