that transformed from a lifelong dream. But when that first customer finally crossed the thresh hold of our front door, we had now transformed into a small business.
It took me back to a time when I remember sitting at my desk at my last “normal 9-5” job, wondering if this was it. This was the end of a fantastic paycheck; I won't lie, but also a seriously shitty place to work when it hit me. I was never going to have another chance at a job as lucrative as this, nor another opportunity where I could be my own boss and secure the sort of financial future, we all wish we had. It was now or never. Was I going to pussy out, or man up? Life is full of risks; right?
Right then and there; it was now or never. Was this my true calling? Was purchasing and assembling ball valves really - my life's desire? Was I `living my best life?` I didn't have the answers to all the questions that flooded my head, but what I knew was that I didn't want to spend another minute in my current situation. I had to make a decision, yet my mind was completely made up.
Let's get back to the present. Here I am, like I said nearly 2 years later, and I couldn't say that, even with all that has happened with COVID-19, as it pretty much erased my entire first year of existence as a small business; along with tens-of-thousands of other small businesses, I would do it all again! I can't even say I would change anything other than the pandemic, itself. I mean it's been nearly 2 years, and I still get butterflies when customers tell me nothing but good things. I still love hearing the wonderful feedback from my community.
I have always dreamed of owning a little shop here in Watertown, when I was a child. Now that my dream has come true, I am humbled and blessed to be doing just that; and the fact that we built it ourselves makes me the happiest business owner! It is an experience I will cherish forever!