Toughening up..or at least trying to!
I know it has been a while since my last post… I am still getting the hang of running this business with three little ones running around! Life is soo crazy right now! We have entered into our peak season and the orders just keep coming!! (Thanks to you all!!)
The word is definitely getting out about ToeBlooms! ToeBlooms are now in close to 300 stores, 30 states, and 5 different countries including Japan, Canada, and Dubai! Wow! That is what I keep saying to myself! Haha but the more we grow and the more publicity we get the more we are opened up to critics…both good and bad…and let me tell you I am a big baby when it comes to criticism! Haha I am getting much better at separating myself and not getting my feelings hurt every time I read a negative post or comment about our products. Thankfully the majority of the criticism has been positive, but ToeBlooms aren’t for everyone, and that is ok. Sometimes I wish people would just remember that I (just your average mom…) read everything out there about ToeBlooms! Every article, every blog, even every blog post!! I know… get a life right?? But I can’t help it! Those Google alerts come in every night around 7:00pm and I can’t help myself from reading them! Whether it is people talking about how they are going to try and make them and sell them themselves, regardless of our patent pending, or people raving about how much they love them, I read it all!
The other night I was watching the movie Ratatouille with my older two kiddos Jude – 2 (almost 3!) and Lyla 19 months. I know you are probably wondering why I am talking about a cartoon right now, but if you are a mom you know that there isn’t much time for intellectual reading or even TV shows other than Elmo or The Wonder Pets…and this movie actually had a wonderful ending that made me think of ToeBlooms! It is a cute little movie about a boy whose father was a famous chef and in his passing leaves his restaurant to his son…who can’t cook at all, but with the help of a little rat he continues his father’s legacy and keeps the restaurant running. At the end of the movie a big time food critic comes to the restaurant to review the food, and of course they are all very anxious and nervous to hear what he writes, but the critic loves the food so much he takes a stand for the new chef and in his review he writes’
”In many ways the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little, yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face is that, in the grand scheme of things the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so. But there are times when a critic truly risks something….and that is in the discovery and defense of the new…The World is often unkind to the new…new talent, new creations…The new needs friends.” EGO, Ratatouille
So I wanted to thank all of our “Friends” for believing in our products and in us! We are so very thankful that you all gave us a shot! ToeBlooms are fun! They are meant to bring smiles to your faces!