2015: Meticulously Crafting My Dark Chocolate Legacy

Sitting on my couch during the first night of 2015 and just a few days from my 30th birthday, stuffed from a wonderful New Year’s Day family gathering at my brother’s house, I had an inclination to recover from the food coma I was in. I decided to scour Apple TV and search for a movie to watch on Netflix or on iTunes. After watching an action packed movie and a documentary on the story behind Sriracha (which was pretty awesome), I came across a documentary on wine, “American Wine Story”. Although I was immediately drawn to it, I had to really talk myself into watching it by watching the preview trailer about 3 or 4 times before making the purchase to rent it.

From reading the plot summary (below) and trying to get something to lure me in, I just had a feeling about it. So, I rented the movie and began to watch it. It turned out to be more than just a movie about wine, wine making and recapturing the legacy of a man’s passion who unexpectedly passed away and who’s sister took on the challenge to continue his legacy. It turned out to be something so inspirational that made me want to capture my passion and led me to find connections between how wine impacted all of those wine enthusiasts interviewed to my passion for making a name for myself, sharing it with as many people as possible and building Glennmade Confections.

Everyone who was interviewed in this Kickstarter funded film had other day jobs. They were in all types of fields and had excelled so much but they weren’t as happy as when they sipped a glass of wine or had a chance to have a chat with a friend on their favorite wine moments or epiphanies. Moments in their life where they were most happy led them to following their passion. Giving up your current path and going on a new one where like all entrepreneurs are familiar with – is a very risky one.

When certain winemakers were recounting their struggles at various points of starting up their vineyards, I immediately connected and recounted times that I’ve had struggles in 2014. Living off of a few dollars in my bank account waiting for the next paycheck or running on 3 to 4 hours of sleep before having to go to work the next day with the goal in mind to make sure I was able to make all of the bonbons that I needed to make for a certain event or order. There were nights when I questioned making bonbons and getting in so deep financially into this company and trying to figure out what lies ahead. It’s scary. Well, it’s actually terrifying. Not knowing the future makes it all the worth it though, and that was the recurring message I received while watching the documentary. Being able to take the leap is something that takes time to consider and it’s been something that I’ve been considering all of 2014 and trying to figure out when to say “when” in a career that spans almost a decade.

As I approach 2015, I decided there’s no reason to make resolutions. I frankly don’t believe in them. I believe in making goals - yes, that is the Capricorn in me. This year is about starting off in January with a fresh mind and saying that this would be the year I want to achieve x, y and z and figure out how to do it and slowly the people who are meant to be there to help you will walk in when you need advice, assistance or a moment to chat to get you on a certain path or to help you get to where you want to go or even tell you that you’re not really insane for wanting to undertake such a huge life challenge.  

One other lesson I received from watching “American Wine Story” was the importance of building a legacy. How do I want people to accept and talk of Glennmade Confections? What do I want people to say about my passion and dedication to the craft? My closest friends and family members are pretty spoiled and get a treat whenever we get together. I can’t help it. However, I want that to spread to as many people as possible. I want strangers who I have not met yet or had the opportunity to even know existed be able to taste one of my chocolate confections and receive a punch of flavor and immense passion in every confection they have. I want them to have a moment when eating a Glennmade Confection and relate it to a special moment in their life whether it be having spent a great day with their family or friends, experiencing a special moment in their love life or career or even achieving a life achievement or milestone. I want them to think of it as a “Glennmade Moment”, an experience that fills them with that same euphoric happiness among the most important times of their life.

As I look forward to planning my 2015, I know I have to become stricter with myself to be more organized and focused and to continue to follow my dream. As I spent time with my nieces and nephew on this first day of 2015, they brought up my chocolates. They were filled with excitement as if it was the first day they found out that Uncle Glenn makes chocolates. They were pretty excited about it and asked when they could try them. It’s something that I hope to pass on to my own children one day and God-willing, if they have the knack for chocolate the way that I do, we will be in good hands. Things don’t happen overnight. I’m not rushing the organic growth that is occurring before all of our eyes because everything happens for a reason. It’s really important to understand that even though you may have a nice job with a nice paycheck that helps pay the bills and maybe support your family, it’s simultaneously important to consider what makes you happy most and to pursue your dreams. Keep faith in yourself and make a difference!

I encourage you all to check out the “American Wine Story” on iTunes. Rent it for $3.99 and then re-read this blog post and you will definitely understand the many lessons I pointed out above and hopefully it will help inspire you to make 2015 your best year yet!

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Cheers to 2015!