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The Family Meeting

About three months into our relationship, we had a problem. I couldn’t figure it out, she couldn’t figure it out. It was incredibly confusing. I would say something and she would take it the wrong way and claim that it was something completely different. We had our wires crossed somewhere and neither of us had the faintest idea what was going on. Do you ever find yourselves just plugging along in your relationships with your family without thinking much about anything and then all of the sudden something comes up that catches you completely off guard? This is what was happening to us. It wan’t one major thing, it was a combination of things. We reached out to some other...

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A Force for Good: Swamp Rabbit Cafe + Grocery

Downtown Greenville behind you. Furman University ahead. A trail stretches between the two, spotted with historic railroads and fellow bikers. The Swamp Rabbit Trail, the heart of Greenville connecting towns and people. Just off the trail sits the Swamp Rabbit Cafe + Grocery, a reclaimed historical landmark that is the heartbeat of the community as they serve up the locally and ethical grown and produced food and hand-crafted value added items.  While we've stocked the Cafe + Grocery with Modern Forestry Soy Candles for going on three years, last month we had the opportunity to sit down with Mary for a few minutes after our monthly candle delivery. John grabbed a fresh strawberry salad from the Cafe and amid the hustle of local shoppers we...

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Parenting Your Small Business: Identity

Part two in a five part series. Read part one here.  Some mama friends and I are going through Parenting by Paul David Tripp (can not recommend this enough as the #1 parenting book we've read since embarking on this journey 2.5 years ago!), and the similarities between parenting a small child and rearing a small business are undeniable.  As a parent of two little kids, my needs are often forgotten. Not trying to fall on my own sword. Just recounting (another) day when I forgot to eat lunch - try explaining that to 20-year-old me - and had just fought the kids to sleep. Normally good sleepers, our kids with too much sun and late naps were turning their normal sleepy selves...

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Please, No More Last Day of School Photos

I loathe people telling me how big my kids are getting. I say that half-joking. Yet, I said it to a mom today. Because it's true! Kids grow.  But the reminder, the exclamation of surprise rings more soundly in my soul than even I realize. A gong. Time is ticking. Resonating with what I know to be true but try to ignore. The days are limited. And so I fill the calendar. Let us do all the things, all the days. The beach. Butterfly garden. Hiking. Let me not miss a moment, any moment, of this fleeting sweetness. Take in all the snuggles. All the conversations with my two-year-old, of which I only understand half of. Treasure the hard days,...

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Parenting Your Small Business: Control

Part one in a five part series.  John and I have often joked that Modern Forestry was our first child. As a newborn company, it needed our constant care, protection, and guidance. Memories of free weekends were fading, and 2a wake ups were common as sleep evaded us and we thought through (again) if our fledgling was getting all of the nourishment that it needed. We worked tirelessly, and on the rare “off” times we still continued to talk of this new adventure. We dreamed and hoped of what Modern Forestry would become. For better or for worse, it became our life and very nearly threatened to become our identity. Such is the way with children also.  Like parenting, running...

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