Thursday, November 30, 2006

staring at the face of success...

... so while at the w/h today, i looked at the 40 foot container staring me in the face. yeah a 40 foot container- FULL of maya road stuff. to help you all visualize what size that is - think about those big semi trucks you see on the road. the bigger ones - that is about the size of the container full of our stuff. as i saw them unload the container, i felt both excited and overwhelmed at the same time.


why?

b/c we have grown so much (as this was the 4th or 5th container we have unloaded this month) but at the same time every single box of stuff in there represents the challenge of any manufacturer - INVENTORY. and inventory = money. as a manufacturer/wholesaler any box of stuff you have in the warehouse is a box of your money sitting there. so to effectively manage your cash flow and growth, you have to move stuff in and move it out ASAP. if you have "dead" inventory that sits there - it is like having a bag of money just sitting there - your money and you can't move it.

if you can't move it that is less cash that you have to invest to develop new stuff. unless you get someone to pump cash into your business. or you take out a loan. or you don't develop new stuff. your choice.

that is why we are very careful about how we conduct business (after all you don't have 3 engineers (1 with a MBA from stanford) and a lawyer as partners for nothing)... which brings me back to looking at the 40 foot container. wow. i said a little prayer of thanks right then for the growth we have been given.

i am humbled by what we as a company have been blessed with. i am thankful that we can share with others with RAKs and things. nothing means more to me than to get a thank you note for someone who tells us they respect us for being nice people. you know what? nice people don't finish last. we are living proof of that...

the one thing that is hard about owning your own SBing company is that there is NO TIME TO SCRAP. but i did sneak some time away this past THANKSGIVING weekend to create this coffee break book that i have been looking at over a year. yes, i know these puppies are hard to find so don't worry i didn't take them from inventory - this was a sample i had. i created this noah book out of some pictures that my friend melissa took. sigh, she is so awesome. i wish i had the "eye" for photos like her...

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15 Comments:

At 11/30/2006 01:31:00 AM, Blogger Sue said...

congratulations again on the growth of your company!
and that is an adorable book! with fab photos from melissa!!

 
At 11/30/2006 03:50:00 AM, Blogger Robyn W said...

your words sometimes ....girl....boy do they so much to me.....
thanks!

 
At 11/30/2006 06:39:00 AM, Blogger Sharon said...

I am right along with you as far as company growth. It's awesome and scary at the same time. And who woudl have thought how it takes over your entire life. (Remember the days of leaving your work at the office?) But I am excited for you growing as well as I love doing business with you. One of the friendliest and best to work with. And I can't wait to see the new stuff.

 
At 11/30/2006 07:40:00 AM, Blogger Shirley said...

Not surprising about the growth since you have FAB products! How SWEET is that album? I could stare at his gorgeous face all day. Seriously, how do you think he would feel about dating an older gal - only about 3 years difference? ;)

 
At 11/30/2006 09:37:00 AM, Blogger Melissa said...

Your business is doing amazing becuase you are all amazing people. Plain and simple truth!!

That coffee break book is amazing - I am going to be scraplifting this most definitly!

 
At 11/30/2006 12:24:00 PM, Blogger scrapcat said...

congrats on your much deserved success~

And can I say that book is fabulous!
Can Melissa take photos of my Sofi ?!!

 
At 11/30/2006 12:31:00 PM, Anonymous Darcie said...

WOW!!! Those pictures are amazing. SHe does have a great eye for photography, but you also have a great creative eye too:)

 
At 11/30/2006 02:37:00 PM, Blogger nicole said...

Love this book Caroline!!! Especially the little photos on the back - what a great idea - thanks so much for sharing!!
Karma is a great thing - and I see it clearly with you and Deb and Maya Road...good things come to good people :)

 
At 11/30/2006 04:28:00 PM, Anonymous Mel Nunn said...

It makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside to hear of your growth, and that my money (I might add lots of it!!!) is going to a company that are so nice and kind and actually care about their customers.

Congratulations guys, you deserve it all!

Mel

 
At 11/30/2006 07:47:00 PM, Blogger Jenn said...

The book is adorable! My favorite is the back with all the small photos.

 
At 11/30/2006 08:14:00 PM, Blogger Andrea said...

love to hear about the growth of such an amazing company! and your mini album is awesome :)

 
At 11/30/2006 08:19:00 PM, Blogger traveler022 said...

Wow, the coffee break book does look amazing, Caroline! So creative! I would love to make them for my nieces and nephew. Not being a scrapper, besides getting the coffee break book and having photos of course, what else will I need? Love to get some tips, thanks.

 
At 12/01/2006 12:11:00 AM, Blogger Anam_Kihaku said...

wow oh wow - a 40ft is what we moved out lifes belonging in from the uk to canada this year! and that coffee book rocks as do those amazing photos!

 
At 12/02/2006 08:34:00 AM, Blogger Joanna Bolick said...

That little book is so adorable, and I especially love the back cover with all the photos. Love it!!

 
At 12/07/2006 12:03:00 AM, Blogger Wendy Rago said...

I am not surprised in the least that Maya Road has prospered soooo much...good thinks come to good people. It's all about good karma and who is better at that than Maya Rd??? :) AND...can I just say WOW about your little album?? Too cute!! Love it! :)

 

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