I have a serious question this week. Does anyone else work out of boxes in their head? Do you create lists to work off of and the list grows longer before you can even check one off? Do you find the lids to your boxes are always opening and slamming shut throughout the day and it's hard to keep them all closed to work in one box? I realize I might have ADHD. For real. This is not helping with the spring season AND turning 50. I think it's getting worse. I bring this up because in my conversations, almost everyone else feels exactly the same way! I know I sound like an infomercial right now and you are waiting for the pitch. I honestly don't have one.
Last week, Scott was meeting with a dear friend who leads a business group that Scott is part of. Will has been an awesome sounding board, challenger, mentor and quasi "board member" at FGS. We are grateful for God putting our paths together.
Scott was sharing with Will (again for like the 7th time) the "growing pains" we have experienced this past year overall. When we bring that up, people are very excited for us. We are excited, too, but we also know fast growth isn't always the easiest to manage. It is hard to keep up with and doesn't always allow people to grow at the same pace.
Will's suggestion after listening was, "What if you picked a day to close the garden center? You are running 7 days a week. Maybe it's okay to pick a day and re-group for the sake of sanity?" As Will walked out leaving Scott feeling incredibly encouraged, he also said, "And Scott, if you are going to close one day to re-group, now is the time. Don't wait until after spring is over and your staff is on the ground!"
With that, you may have noticed on social media our announcing the garden center will be closed on Mondays. Wwwwwhhhhaaaatttttt? I know right? It's a bold decision. It was a fast decision. Yes, it is stepping out of our comfort zone and trusting. But, it's the right decision.
If you could have seen the faces of our staff when we announced it, you would understand. There were smiles, a few cheers and relief. The one thing we need is a day to work ON the business, not always IN the business. Everyone was genuinely excited and we hope they feel cared for and loved. We love serving our customers but it will not be on Mondays. Serving our staff is just as important, if not more. So don't be trying to sneak in here and look at plants acting desperate for just one bag of soil. LOL. We can't help you!!! As much as we love you ...
We appreciate your support to FGS in so many ways. And we hope you will enjoy bringing your green home Tuesday-Sunday. When you stop by on Tuesdays, our smiles will be wider and our steps a bit lighter. For Sanity's Sake, we hope you see and feel the difference this week and just in time as you roll into celebrating someone special this Mother's Day weekend. We have the perfect blooming plants and pottery. We even ordered amazing weather for you to enjoy outdoor shopping with Mom, lunch and a drink at The Potting Shed. See you this weekend!