Being in A Family Business

Working with family is good when the family is willing and open to communication. It’s not so good when there’s personal baggage, grudge, greed, ego, and authority involved in the process.

But it’s still worth it to say that when it’s good, it’s great. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

When it’s bad, it feels like the rug has been pulled and we’re all falling into whatever lousy foundation we were standing on in the first place.

With where media sits with entrepreneurship, business, and founder culture as of late, it must be really great to be a business owner.

Except when reality plays out, it’s not all that dreamy and easy.

I’m not really sure where we’ll be in the future, but who’s to say for certain where we’ll be anyway?

At the end of it all, even without the business, we’ll still be family though sometimes even that’s hard to see when we’re so wrapped up in running the day to day operations together.

All of this is to say, I’m grateful for where my family’s hard work has been able to take us. Being part of our family business has been my 1 priority this pandemic, as it’s our main source of income keeping us afloat, and I’m glad it’s been a mostly constructive experience. Lastly, thank you to everyone who’s gone out of their way to support us. It means a lot and we really appreciate it.

Love and good vibes from our family to yours. 

Quantity gets a Bad Rap

Quality over quantity.

We all know the saying and what it stands for: lots of things don’t make a good thing.

I feel as if we’ve been told this whole Quality over Quantity thing so that we do things “right” the first time. Which is nothing short of great, but there’s an element of perfection in it that stops us from making things that have a chance of not working. 

Quantity however, is a numbers game. Set a quota and reach it (or better yet, go past it).

Being a designer, the urge to make things perfect and beautiful the first time is very strong. It also doesn’t help that the bar has been set so high for a new graduate like me.

The other route we can take is the practice, where instead of focusing on quality we focus on reiteration and the act of doing. 

It’s a different type of game where the only rule is that you’ve got to be making something

To me, it seems we have the whole quality and quantity thing backwards. It’s not one over the other, they’re just different.

Quantity gets a bad rap, but quantity is the practice. 

The Skunk

Yesterday night coming home from work, I saw a skunk waddling on the side of the road right beside my home.

No tails were raised, I assumed it was just finding food or its way back home just how I was minutes earlier. 

With my car parked, I got out and turned around to find that it had gone out on the other side of the road.

Within 15 seconds, I heard the sounds of a car driving not too far away from where we were. I knew its life would end right then and there before it did.

With no signs of slowing down, probably even unaware the animal was there since it was dark, I turned around so I wouldn’t see what would happen next.

Life comes and goes. Circumstances change. Unluckiness happens.

My heart goes out to the skunk tonight.

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