I have a new baby. As if raising two boys is not enough to get my hands full. I found the strength to give birth to a new one. Meet The Garden Kitchen. The little business that I imagined some 15 months ago, but is now a real and existing entrepreneurial activity.
About a month ago, after stumbling upon some ads of homemade bottled sauces that I randomly placed on the internet, Eastwood Mall called me up to invite me to join their Weekend Gourmet Market which was happening on all weekends between April 24 and May 30. Days before the boys’ yaya was scheduled to leave, with 2 part-time jobs and an upcoming field research contract, it was easy to turn down the offer. The marketing person for Eastwood Mall who called me up was neither insistent, but ended our conversation with an, “If you happen to change your mind, give me a call.”
When I got home, Turo made the decision I was very reluctant to make. The next day I was in Eastwood signing a contract and making payments. It felt like a whirlwind romance. At least that was how it felt back then. Now I realize why people say that running a business is a 24/7 job. I’ve had sleepless weekends splitting my time between preparing the goods, manning the bazaar stall and looking after my kids.
I don’t call the garden kitchen as my new baby just because it sounds cute. I soon learned of the striking similarities of motherhood and entrepreneurship. Both can be very difficult and entail much passion and commitment, but in the end can be very rewarding.
The Garden Kitchen sells homemade bottled sauces, dips and spreads made flavorful by homegrown herbs. We are in the Weekend Gourmet Market in Eastwood Mall every Saturdays and Sundays until May 30. Do drop by for a free tasting of our products.