It turns out that the people at the distribution company like my product, so they have decided to include me as one of their soap vendors. Yay! One step at a time, though. There's nothing in writing, but I believe that there is a lot of potential here. This company distributes to about 500 stores that are either green or going green and has plans to expand. They also operate under the philosophy of working exclusively with small businesses. They were once very small and choose to continue their growth through allowing other small businesses an opportunity to grow with their help. To that I say, thank you and Wheeeeeeeee! To celebrate this, I give you the original soap cake that opened the door for more soap cake... Lemon Charlotte:
Also, I have been running much more consistently over the past couple of months. It's funny how I'm too lazy to get all dressed in cold weather gear to ride my bike in these temperatures, but motivated enough to run 4-5 miles every other day. I think the reason that I like biking more as a warm weather sport is that feeling of freedom that comes with it and cold wind and several layers make me feel constricted. Biking is one sport where in the hot and muggy summers, sweating actually works to cool you down. So, it stands to reason that it's a lot colder moving at 20 mph than at 6-7 mph. Also, there are a lot more things that I have to be aware of, like traffic, potholes, grates, people, etc. on a bike whereas with running, though I am still aware of my surroundings I can clear my mind, focus on my breathing and create a moving meditation of sorts. When I am running, I let thoughts float in and out, and usually one of two things happens. Either I come up with a new and creative idea, usually pertaining to soap; or I sort out whatever internal conflict I've been dealing with, or at least come to peace with it. Sometimes both if the run is long enough. Regardless, I always am in a better mood, have more energy, am more capable of dealing with stress and more confident with myself. I can't believe I used to hate running so much. To celebrate, I present: Mint Chocolate Chip, a timeless classic.
Finally, I have been invited to set up a booth at the Fool's Gold endurance mountain bike race by Namrita O'Dea. I've only actually raced in one, and it was on a team, so it wasn't really all that endurance-y, but the atmosphere at those things is super fun since mountain bikers tend to have a lot of personality and fewer inhibitions about the stupid crap that afflicts most people. I wouldn't be racing, but I'd be in the mountains of North Georgia which always refreshes my spirit, I'd be exposing my soaps to a whole community of people and I'll likely meet a lot of new people and have a ton of fun. So, to celebrate this, I give you Chocolate Raspberry Torte which incorporates a bit of pink, just like my biking outfits do.