Reflecting On The Mobile Boutique… Vinny is Retiring!
It’s official… The truck that started it all is retiring! As the Grasshopper Goods brand has continued to expand, the time has come to say goodbye to Vinny as we focus our attention on our shop in Stoughton.
But wow is this a bittersweet decision and moment in the Grasshopper Goods journey. The memories and people we have met over the years in the truck will be forever cherished. Vinny is magic! As I’ve reflected on the past six years with Vinny, I wanted to share some lessons I’ve learned that have helped shape me as a business owner and human.
Taking the leap!
The Vinny journey wouldn’t have been possible if I hadn’t just taken the leap and gone for it! Did I have everything figured out? Nope. But I took little steps forward until my dream of Grasshopper Goods became reality. He really taught me the importance of pursuing your dreams… but also that dreams change and evolve. The GG idea has been many versions of itself before the mobile boutique was launched. Giving yourself space to dream, reflect, evolve, and change is when the magic really happens and is never ending.
Because guess what, sometimes it’s going to be hard and you have to muscle through… and sometimes you have to just let it go. This is life! If we hadn’t had struggles with certain parts of building the Grasshopper Goods business, we wouldn’t be where we are today. Every single road block required us to think differently… and even bigger at times! Where we could vend and how we could vend was a BIG road block but ultimately, it helped us spread the word and built our community all over the state and beyond.
People are amazing.
This was a big one for me… there are so many moments and stories I want to share. Vinny showed us just how amazing people are and can be. It truly humbles me to reflect on people we met in the truck, people we’ve collaborated with, people we met within the vendor community; people are just incredible.
We wouldn’t be where we are today without the community that supported and believed in our vision; their enthusiasm, their excitement, their curiosity, and their openness to our vulnerability. We started as an outlier! But our community was right there behind us, every step of the way. Our GG community taught me the importance of supporting others, especially when they are at their most vulnerable.
Surround yourself with helpers and allow others gifts to shine.
You can’t do it all on your own! Vinny and starting the truck made me realize the importance of delegating so you have space to think about your brand. Without delegation, your business can’t evolve! Being a leader is about helping your team affirm and elevate their strengths. Building a community and team around your hopes and dreams for the business… both in and outside of the brand.
Be true and honest to yourself.
Follow your own gifts and strengths! Nurturing your gifts ensures you are building a life and business that is aligned with you. Of course, there are going to be tasks you may not enjoy or aren’t the best at in your business… but that’s where you can delegate! Delegating parts of your business that aren’t your strength or you don’t enjoy to people out there whose strengths are your own weaknesses helps keep moving things forward; You can’t be good at everything!
Also, make sure you are taking care of yourself; mind, body, and soul. Finding happiness and joy outside of your business is essential in living a successful life. You want your business to add to your life… and not be your sole identity.
Vinny is magic and got the Grasshopper Goods brand to where we are today. However, it is time for someone else to feel and benefit from his magic. If you are interested in learning more information about purchasing Vinny for your next business venture, I would love to hear from you. Please inquire to Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org.Serious inquires only, please.
We love you Vinny! You will always be a part of us.