On being Patient.

Photo credit: Niya Bascom Photography | Food Styling: Ishka Designs | Delightful Flavor photoshoot

"Patience is a most necessary qualification for business; many a man would rather you heard his story than granted his request." ~ Lord Chesterfield

If you've sat in front of us of late and had a discussion about business, or life for that matter, one word may likely have come up.  Patience.  Or more like the practice of it.  The "take deep breaths", "all will be well", "nothing before its time" kind of patience that every business owner must possess.  And that has been our month in general.  Uhmmmm, probably more like the past few months.  Though we were wrapped up in a flurry of execution towards the end of 2011, we hardly noticed until now just how much of that time was spent being patient.

"Patience is also a form of action" ~Auguste Rodin

And what else we've noticed Mr. Rodin, is that  STRATEGY goes hand in hand with PATIENCE.  This is not the "sit back and wait" kind of patience.  Nope.  It's more like "the goals have been set", "the strategy is evolving" and "the tireless bleed us til we dry execution is ongoing" that leads to the kind of patience we are exercising.  That said, this month has sounded a bit like this: proposal after proposal writing, conversation after conversation over drinks and/or brunch, scheduling this call and that meeting, and just a whole lot of extra efforts and new business tactics designed to get us closer to our long-term goals.  And all this while still working on existing projects...deep breath in and slowly exhale out...

"Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

And the mental exercise is paying off.  While it comes with even more sacrifice, the rewards continue to prove that the wait is SOOOOO worth it.  We are choosing not to divulge most of what's on our plate, being superstitious that way, but we can say that we see travel and more potential for exposure in our future.  As things become a foregone conclusion, we promise to keep you in the loop on the blog.  Your turn to be patient :)

Speaking of patien(ts), we were not without progress on all projects including the start of the transformation of the exterior of that medical facility.  Saying bye to that wonderful beer wholesale "art".  In the meantime, we had some fun with cupcakes this month (see first image above).  A nice reprieve from interior design.
Job site as it was at the beginning.  Photo credit: Niya Bascom Photography
B-side in progress.  Niya Bascom Photography.
Cafeteria Chairs - stackable, affordable and small.  Niya Bascom Photography.
An aside: we've decided that our blog posts are going to be monthly for now.  A commitment we feel we can handle.  So 'til next month!