Friday, February 20, 2015

New Directions

Sometimes, you just need to throw out your sourdough starter and begin again.  Two weeks ago I accidently killed my sourdough starter by putting a tight lid on it and had to begin the whole process again.  It's just one of those things in life that should not be more than a small nuisance to us.  Life events can be that way as well.  How we handle those bumps in the road or course corrections on our life path can make a big difference in our physical and emotional health.

In 2007, I went back to school for pharmacy technician certification so that I could help put our daughter through school so that she would not be saddled with student debt.  (Now, I know parents have very strong opinions as to whether or not students should take out loans and whether or not parents should pay for their college students education, but this is neither the time nor the place for that discussion.  This was our decision.)  Since that time, I have been working on my feet as a certified pharmacy technician, sometimes full-time, sometimes part-time.  In the beginning, pharmacy was a manageable occupation.  It is true that it consisted of long hours on my feet and lines of sometimes rude customers, but it was manageable. 

As time went on and changes in government regulations and corporate demands multiplied, pharmacy became increasingly more difficult.  My physical health and stress levels were hit hard during the past few years, and I began looking for a new direction.  In the Fall of 2014, my life was threatened by a drug seeker and I knew in that moment, it was time to begin again with a change in direction. 

I am now happily in the beginning stages of a new business, Seven Barrels of Chattanooga, LLC.  I will be selling some of the finest flavor infused olive oils and aged Italian balsamic vinegars throughout the southeastern US at shows and festivals and online.  Anyone who knows me, knows that I LOVE food and I love to cook!  I strive for excellence in all things, and that is what drew me to this company; the flavors are exquisite!  I am excited about this new direction on my life path and hope to see some of you at a show or two.  I will be blogging about my experiences and giving everyone updates at Seven Barrels of Chattanooga including information about online ordering.  See you there!