We are two years old this month, this Stir baby. And it’s been a ride.
We’ve been pretty busy - product and media launches, fundraisers, private parties, intimate events, things called “galas” (love galas!) and crazy big weddings and intimate small ones. We’ve expanded and learned and adapted to this mad path of starting a new business.
A lot has been learned.
Though I’m confident in what I do, taking a bow for an event is a painful exercise. Not because I’m shy, exactly. Fact is, I know the truth of the matter: Being successful is not due to any one thing I do. And it’s simply not fair to take the credit.
Working an event in the thick of things, where we cater 12 straight weddings in a row amongst a few weekday events, take a weekend, and then cater that many more is like being a part of magic. It’s far from rote, every event is so different, but often subtly so, where it can make your head spin (a group hates rosemary one week, the next loves it the following week - Do NOT get that mixed up)!
I’ve surrounded myself with amazing people. There are so many people in my midst and on the roster that do things better than I could ever dream.
Stir bartenders, servers and kitchen support: they inspire people to love this company - they built this thing, staying until the wee morning, taking care of guests and venues, caring about all aspects of each event.
I have a husband that loves me even when I'm distracted and in the thick of it and he takes on whatever role is required at the moment, despite his own challenging career. He is to thank for my website and for the half credit of our children (I’m not absent - I get the other half). I try to get him to tweet, but he’s all about having me learn these fan dangled things.
I have a retired accountant dad who insists I learn the business part of it all, and he won’t do it for me. I’d rather he would, but I appreciate that he doesn’t.
This is my take-away from 2015: Surround yourself with people that do things better than you, and focus on what you do best.