another year of donuts
While most people plan to make some major life changes for the new year, whether it be health, fitness, finances, relationships, etc., our household gears up to CELEBRATE and fully embrace another year of D O N U T S! Come to think of it, it is kind of comical the fact we turned on our open sign for the very first time on January 2nd of all days. Now I cannot believe we are celebrating our 3rd Business Birthday for Livi Lee's Donuts?! It all started 13 years ago when Jonathan told me one day he wanted a donut shop. But we graduated high school, started college, and had many, many other business adventures together...then we got married and became parents! Then one sweet day, we got word the local donut shop was selling. Jonathan immediately said "we want it!" I might have thought he was half crazy with our house on the market and us looking to build a home (or so I thought), then I remembered not only who I was married to, but those exact words from years before.
To know Jonathan is to know that he is every sense of the word ENTREPRENEUR. It goes all the way back to grade school for this guy I'm not even kidding! He would save his allowance and go to Sams with his mom to buy chewing gum to then sell it to his fellow classmates. I ask him where he was at my whole life because I literally gave my gum away throughout school and never knew I could have been making a profit off of it, but eventually I found him, so it all worked out in the end ;D Anyways, fast forward to selling our first home and not building a house, we purchased that little donut shop. I had no clue what we were doing! I didn't even know making donuts was such a process. We had to go into training at 1am...I was like "for what?!?" Jonathan said "to learn how to make donuts...what time do you think they start making them if they open at 5am???" I said "I don't know, 3-4am?" Boy did we have a good laugh after he explained the process and training day was over.
I donut think either of us really knew just how much this donut shop was going to change our lives! It is so much more than donuts. This business has brought out our strengths, weaknesses, and been one of the BEST things that we have ever done (all the negatives included). We are continually learning, growing, and trying our best. We have the absolute best employees and customers, family and friends, and could not be where we are today without any one of them (past or present)! Even the difficult employees or unhappy-no-longer-customers, without any one of them we might not strive to constantly be better and do better. Truly from the sweet times to the difficult moments and all that is in between, we are forever GRATEFUL! There are a lot of great things on the rise for Livi Lee's and no matter where we end up, we will never forget right where we started.
Celebrations, better yet LIFE, IS BETTER WITH SPRINKLES ON TOP and little Miss Livi Lee sure makes it SWEETER!
Details: Model - Alivia Lee, Donuts - Chirsti (Lead Maker at Livi Lee's), Location - Livi Lee's Daylight Donuts, Cape - Simply a Deux, Dress - Jolie & June, Donut Bow - My Fair Ellie, Tablecloth - West Elm Tulsa, Pink Cake Stand - Potterybarn Kids, White Scalloped Cake Stand - Pier 1, Sprinkles Cup & Notebook - Target