April is wrapping up. Tomorrow a new theme comes to School of Home and we say goodbye to progress. But can you really ever say goodbye to progress? I ended our first post of the month with a Federick Douglass quote - "If there is no struggle, there is no progress."
Well, April has been all about the struggle.
It will come as no surprise to basically anyone who has started a small business, but this shit is HARD. Some days its one step forward, two steps back. Some days is a giant leap back. Some days its treading water for dear life.
Part of it is bureaucrazy (misspelling intended) - we chose to get into the booze business and lord knows Every. Single. Damn. Government. Agency. needs to have a piece of that pie. But part of it is also just the fact that we're still climbing the steepest part of that learning curve, figuring things out as we go, knowing that we can do everything we can and still come up short.
But we progress, because regression is not an option. And there have been bright spots. We received our federal importing permits for Vinotopia this month! The windows of the bus were removed and we're days away from raising the roof! We're working with a wedding coordinator in Croatia and taking the first steps toward planning our 2018 nuptials! (If we forgot to tell you we got engaged, we apologize, we've been otherwise, well....engaged.)
They say April showers bring May flowers. Seeing as North Carolina saw as much rain last week as we usually see over the course of months, I'm going to go ahead and take that as an omen that come May the universe will smile upon us. We are getting ready to leave on a whirlwind month-and-a-half-long trip to Europe that is intended to solidify our business and launch us into being full-fledged wine importers. We'll also be celebrating one of my best friend's weddings in Florence AND scoping out our own wedding venues, so this is anything but a casual trip.
Perhaps the ending lesson is this - you can make progress even when swimming against the tide, all it takes a slight adjustment of angle. Acknowledge what you're up against. Accept the losses. Seize the successes and make them work for you. Every day won't be a win, but that doesn't mean you aren't winning. We progress not only because we must, but because we can.