The First Chapter: Hosea House Collective Turns One
I won’t lie and tell you that running a business is easy.
Small business owners eat, sleep and breathe their work. I am constantly thinking about what else I should be tackling on my ever growing to-do list and putting an “out of office” away message feels like I’ve walked out of the house not remembering if I left the curling iron on. I feel this way because I love what I do. I love our couples, I love our vendors and I love the connections we’ve made in our community--so much so that I never want anything to be neglected, any email unaddressed and checklist unchecked. I love Hosea House Collective.
There have been some growing pains: some rewriting of contracts, some late night fever dreams of rehearsal mishaps or forgotten programs, but we have adapted and reworked our practices. We have seen some amazing couples get married, teared up at heartfelt vows and danced through the crowd to cross the room. We have designed great spaces, organized thoughtful details and stuffed our faces in corners before toasts. We have found our voice in the market, seen vendors become friends and allies, as well as sought to be a champion for inclusion and diversity. This isn’t to say that we have reached the peak, but we are starting the climb.
As we recap our journey thus far, I can’t talk about this year without talking about my father. He was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in January and we have been fighting ever since. Four rounds of chemo and with care from talented physicians at Forsyth and Duke, he received a bone marrow transplant this May and is on the road to remission. Our couples have been and continue to be so considerate and understanding (he even made a small appearance during the day-of prep for Laura and Dylan’s wedding in Saxapahaw). I can’t thank everyone enough for their support and kind words throughout his diagnosis, nor can fail to mention the strength of my mother who is a constant source of inspiration.
As we close “Chapter One” I am so hopeful for the future of this business, the couples we will serve and the impact we get to have in a market full of dedicated wedding professionals. I wrote this a year ago and it still rings true: