Extreme joy comes in small bundles
On Monday, October 1, 2012 at 4:54 pm Ayla Blair Barnes came into the world. Although she had been anticipated for many months nothing would be as significant as the moment that she actually emerged from her mother’s womb and became a joy that would touch my heart in the most profound way. I had been fortunate to experience this extreme joy only 16 months earlier when Carolyn Grace entered the world. The birth of these two wonderfully magnificent little human beings not only brought me the most ultimate joy I could ever hope to experience but more importantly gave me a renewed perspective.
What directs my life
In the fall of 2010 and after many long and agonizing months I had reached a point in my life when I was willing to risk all the money I had saved and ever material possession I owned in pursuit of Passion. I left the comfort and security of Corporate America and founded Slather Brand Foods. I never really set out to become a food manufacturer but I knew I wanted to be involved in the food industry. When I looked at my life and the things that brought me the most joy I was compelled to do what I loved most. There was nothing I loved more than cooking and entertaining my family and friends with my culinary delights.
Slatherin’ Sauce originates at home
Slather Brand Slatherin’ Sauce was just one of the many creations that I prepared to delight everyone’s palate. It was also a condiment that could be replicated and had such a diverse variety of uses on everything from chocolate to wild game that it was marketable. It had become a staple in my own home and in those that I loved. I can’t tell you how many gallons of Slatherin’ Sauce were prepared in my kitchen and lovingly dispersed among family and friends for many years.
The vision of Slather Brand Foods was to take my love of cooking which I had been inspired by my mother and grandmother and share it beyond my own loved ones. I wanted to share with other families a product that had been at the core of everything I believed in…healthy food, amazing taste, and family and friends. I was simply driven by Passion and have done everything I can to make a dream become a reality.
Entrepreneurship is NOT for the faint of heart…. not in a good economy and certainly not in a bad economy. However, an entrepreneur is someone who takes risks. An entrepreneur is someone who has calculated the risks and is willing to pursue dreams and chance leaving the shore in pursuit of new lands. With that being said, there have been many times when I have scratched my head and asked myself, “What were you thinking?”
On Monday, October 1st at 4:54 pm I knew what I was thinking. I was thinking that I must be the luckiest woman on earth. I had the honor and privilege of witnessing the birth of my first and second granddaughter. I realized that no matter what I had achieved or had not achieved to this point in my life that I am blessed. I am proud of the fact that I have risked it all and pursued Passion… for it is a gift to my beloved granddaughters, Carolyn Grace and Ayla Blair. Slather Brand Foods is a symbol of their heritage no matter our future. It is a testament to being true to a dream and never being afraid to take risks for the things in life that have meaning and bring value to those you love. Of all the things that are important in my life there is only one thing that I really care about…I want to be remembered for being a great ancestor.
Gratitude for life, family, and your loyalty
From the deepest depths of my heart and soul I want to take this opportunity to thank any and everyone who has supported Slather Brand Foods in any capacity over the last two years. From my precious family to yours… We are deeply humbled and want you to know how grateful we truly are for having this awesome experience. We invite you to become a part of our growing family and hope that we will become a part of yours. We sincerely hope that our Brand is not just a staple in your home but a symbol of family and all the things that are truly important in life. Thank you for sharing our joy!!!