A RISING TIDE LIFTS ALL BOATS
DO ALL YOU CAN TO SURROUND YOURSELF WITH ENTREPRENEURS AND EXCEPTIONAL PEOPLE
Blindly jumping in is not something I do. I gather research and analyze a thing to death before even dipping a toe into the thing. I learned from Lisa Nichols, a motivational speaker and business coach, that this behavior is a form of procrastination. Procrastination can kill your dreams. Lisa said, "Stop creating, and start doing." So I got out of the mode of researching and analyzing as I was "creating" a business. I thought I had to know every before diving in. Recognizing that my form of procrastination was rooted in fear was eye-opening for me. I don't know why I didn't see that before! The thing between what I wanted to do and actually doing it was fear. I needed to find a way to bridge that gap and remove the fear. I knew I needed help, and that I could not do it without 'a little help from my friends'.
SAY HELLO TO MY FRIENDS
Janice Pinnington, Founder of Healthy Hands Cooking-- When I first started with this idea of teaching kids about nutrition through cooking I found a group of women and men who have a very similar passion for doing all we can to make the #NextGenerationStrong. Healthy Hands Cooking helped me avoid some unforeseen situations that are specific to the business of cooking with children and their parents. Jan Pinnington, and her team have made it simple to start the business of teaching kids how to cook healthy meals. Her business-in-a-box concept teaches home chefs and culinary trained chefs alike to market the ready-made healthy classes. The HHC certification curriculum is a self-paced step-by-step online module program that walks the potential instructor/business owner through the basic steps of the business plan. The curriculum for teaching preschool classes all the way up to college-age is provided for the certified instructor, and it follows the MyPlate.gov guidelines. I am so proud to be a part of the Healthy Hands Cooking community, and I know Palmetto Kids Cooking would not have grown as quickly as it did without the caring support and guidance of Jan. She is my friend, and I am so proud of her accomplishments in the war against childhood obesity. Jan's commitment to continuous improvement is impressive and won her a spot with the University of South Carolina Technology Incubator program. Her goal is to have a Healthy Hands Cooking certified instructor for every McDonald's. Because of her passion and drive there is no doubt in my mind that she will accomplish her goal. If you have an interest in teaching Healthy Hands Cooking curriculum please contact me. I would love to work with you! Please know that this is not a franchise or MLM. It's a 'you bring your passion/you work' business using HHC curriculum. You must be certified either as a HHC instructor or as a helper in order to teach HHC curriculum in any format.
Katryna Johnson, Founder of Mirelli Entrepreneur Training for Women -- Trina's favorite quote (and one that I have a adopted) is "A rising tide lifts all boats." (I don't know who to give credit to - JFK maybe?) Anyway, this quote is quite appropriate for women in business. We lift each other and in doing so we realize the benefit for all.
My first encounter with Trina was at a Chamber of Commerce networking event in 2015. It was actually my first event after deciding that I was going to turn this dream into a real business. If you only knew how hard it was for me to go into a place where I knew no one, an introvert with fear of not knowing enough. It's not like I bounced in there and said, "I'm here! Love me!" I wish I was that girl. However, my only mission was to hand out my new business cards, and get business cards from folks who would let me teach their kids healthy cooking and life skills in the kitchen. In the grand scheme of things, I would consider attending this event as a "cannonball" splash into the waters of business for me. No more procrastinating - go big or go home. (I sat in the parking lot for much longer than I care to admit, repeating, "Sh*t, what am I doing?!")
Trina approached me and wanted to know all about my business. I thought, "This chick is fearless," but I felt like she was genuinely interested in getting to know me. As it turn out, Trina Johnson is the queen of networking, and because she lives by "A rising tide lifts all boats," she makes connections between businesses to help everyone in her Mirelli community. She's a rock star in that regard. I agreed to meet with her for a discovery session. I had no idea what to expect. She freaked me out a smidge when she showed up with a 90 Day Action Plan based on only a few details that I had given her. She told me that I didn't have enough friends... sad day. Then she proceeded to tell me that I only had 343 Facebook friends, 209 LinkedIn connections and 215 followers on Twitter, and she could not find me anywhere else. I knew then that she was serious about seeing me succeed.
The relationships that I have today go way past the number on my social media spots. I have made some awesome friends that I would not have had the opportunity to meet, because evidently I was a hermit before Trina came into my life.
A SPECIAL THANKS TO THIS MAN
Steve Trill, Baker, Educator, Blogger, Photographer, Website Guru, Correctional Officer, and Best Friend. Steve is my biggest supporter by far. He is the "Do what you love, love what you do" kind of earth mate, and side-kick. He was the first person to know about the #SCORE #BizChampion win. If anyone deserves to celebrate with me it is Steve.
Steve and Kathy Trill -12/12/12