scenes from the kitchen, pt 3

May 6, 2011 |  Category:   photography the biz

Some final outtakes that didn’t get included on the website.

Been thinking a lot about the business lately and what it means to take the next steps. I haven’t made it any secret that we’re finding it difficult figuring out how to grow, and I think part of it is because we are doing “fine”, making steady income from the business every month, and Mark’s been able to rise to the challenge of whatever workload has been thrown at him. But I know it’s not sustainable for any long-term growth plans. I find jumping into next steps far scarier than than actually jumping into business for the first time.

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  • Elise Rumsey May 6, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    I wrote you but for some reason my email was not sent, lovely Old Westbury–any ideas for places to stay in July other than Maidstone House. Obviously, I don’t know the area, but want to escape deep south heat & explore. Your style is an inspiration which I’ve felt for decades about C.Z. Guest–high praise for both of you.

  • Karen May 6, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Bottom line: being self-employed is scary. But, it’s also highly rewarding, inspiring, creative, draining, fun, exhausting, exhilarating, a source of immense pride while being a source of pain & panic. There is no immediate solution other than to constantly go back and look at your business plan, revise if necessary, and try to stay as true to your goals as possible, whatever they are. Some businesses have goals that have very little to do with monetary growth. Instead, the goal is to stay true to the craft, keep it small-ish, have the ability to work and have time for family, travel…all that good stuff. Try not to get discouraged – personally, you guys are a constant source of motivation and inspiration for me.

  • angie May 6, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    love these photos. esp the last one of mark! haha

  • Rachel May 6, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Whimsy and Spice is a such a unique brand and I hope whatever the next step is that it means more success for your business and your family.

  • Susan May 6, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Interesting…I hope I have that problem soon! 😉
    (yummy plugra)

  • emmy May 6, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    I love plugra!!! Best butter ever!

  • angie May 6, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    wow, mia is mark’s mimi me! unbelievable!!!!

  • jasmine May 8, 2011 at 1:52 am

    I’m the same way. I get excited about growth and moving forward, but taking the next step is always incredibly intimidating.

  • Linnea May 8, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Gorgeous pics, as usual. I liked what Karen said about being self employed.

  • Sara Jensen May 8, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    These pictures of Mark really really remind me of Mia.

  • Sara May 9, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    Where are you?! Is Monday 9:30pm. My day has been all distraught because I haven’t seen a post from you today! I’m sure you must get tired sometimes (I know I sometimes draw blank on my blog) but we do notice it, and we miss you. Hope all is well!

  • Helen @ Blue baby shoes May 10, 2011 at 6:51 am

    The one drawback to bing self employed is that you always feel inclined to do everything yourself rather than pay someone to do it. If you can get your head around that and start thinking about how another pair of hands can add value (rather than just cost) you may find letting go of some things a little easier.

  • The Disgruntled Architect May 10, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    Change is difficult, especially when you have a successful business running on status quo. At the beginning there was nothing to lose, but now you are married to a delicious concept and brand and are so invested in what you do; a change now has risk associated with it. I wish you the best in your endeavors and hope your next steps are as scrumptious as the first!