Friday, August 21, 2009

My insight, it doesn't happen very often....

Yesterday while I was driving home I noticed a billboard, it first caught my eye because there was not logo, WHAT SOMEONE DIDN'T TAKE THAT OPPORTUNITY TO GET THEIR LOGO STUCK IN MY HEAD!!, just a background of that nostalgic blue-lined, spiral bound notebook from those days of elementary school, with some simple letters. I first thought, from afar before I could really read it, how cute, someone is excited for school to start! As i got closer, I noticed it was this:



I love it!!!

I love the feeling I got, the chuckle I made to myself, and the feeling that our world might not be this negative place FOREVER!! I don't know if its because I am in a retail work field and many of our customers are experiencing hard times, and sharing those frustrations and feelings with me, but I think this is what we all needed. Not a reminder to go out and spend the crazy amounts of money that everyone was spending, because if anything good can come from this nonsense is that YES we all do need to live within our means, (man those brethren are far to smart!!) but that life is going to be normal again. Jobs will be available and people will be able to go out and do what they love. I googled it and came across this, check it out, I like it!!

But it also made me realize I work at a very unique place. A kitchen store. Actually its more than a kitchen store. Its a kitchen destination. We have been around for over 60 years, family owned and operated. We have some of the most amazing customers that have supported us through thick and thin-- dealing with the grumpy old men, dusty shelves and warehouse feel of our old store, our fire that destroyed our entire inventory and building, moving into a trailer, warehouse, and back again to our current store and old location! We had customers who have seen us through every phase of Gygi's and supported us, a small "Mom and Pop" store, instead of the big box discount stores. These customers have made it so that our store is not in a "recession". People are turning back to their kitchens, wanting to learn more about what they can make, to save some money, but doing it in a unique fun and gorgeous ways that gets all ages into the kitchen. I love the idea!! Imagine if all moms/dads made a unique home cooked meal- at least once a week. Imagine what that might do for all those sad feelings out there, for a brief moment people might forget about the depressed world and focus on that home cooked meal that someone put their heart and soul in to and wants to share it with you!!

One of my goals as a mother, is to make sure that my children feel 100% comfortable and confident in the kitchen. I LOVE IT!! (My secret passion and dream is to one day be able to bake for a everyone and anyone who is willing to eat it.... but that is for another day and another million dollars later!) But our family has always gathered around food, and being exposed to Gygi's at a young age has helped me to develop a love for food and the feelings it can give. I really am not the best cook, Matt will tell you he considers himself a better cook than me, but that is the best part, we don't all have to be Wolfgang Puck or Martha Stewart. If we are doing something we enjoy-forgetting the world around us, the countless errands and cleaning we should be doing, and taking a moment to bake some delicious peanut butter cookies or lemon bars, then at that time We are ALL BE THE BEST CHEFS OUT THERE!!!

So thank you billboard, for reminding me that the world will be beautiful again, people will love each other again, and one day we might all take a moment and share that chocolate chip cookie together and remember that our life is to way to short to focus on the negative. And if any of you want to see it, well its somewhere between 3500 South and Lehi, sorry I don't remember where! (I think around 4500 South, but if you are up that way come see me at Gygi's!)

10 comments:

Amy said...

I love that! I too love your store! (it's on 3300 ;)) I love that I want one of everything everytime I go there and know that I can always find things that inspire me to make or create new food and treats. And secretly I really want to buy a pair of the chef pants that I lovley pat each time I go!

Adhis said...

I'm glad there are more and more people looking at the recession for what it is: a cycle.

I got a smile looking at the one with Bill Gates mentioned on it. I agree! There are so many opportunities around us. No matter how bad it gets here, it is still better than the "best" it gets in some countries.

Chris and Brittani Knudsen said...

WOW what a great billboard...We all need to hear that! P.S. Anything you want to bake you can send my way (ha ha ha) I love other people's cooking much better then my own.

Adhis said...

BTW, if it does get worse, I still call dibs on you guys for my meat supply!

Marie said...

Heather I loved this post! Your optimism is one of the things I love most about you - Thanks for sharing it today!

Em said...

i am glad to hear that things are going well for your family business, and i love the sign

caitlin said...

Well said.

Kristin said...

Heather! Ha I love you and Loved the post! I laughed and held back tears. You are so darn cute and I am glad things are going well at your store! Miss you girl.

Kristin said...

Heather! I would love to get together!! When are you free? Are you still working days? Or full time? Let me know. We can do it on a saturday too! I want to see you!! xoxo

Bonnie said...

Hi Sis! Thanks for the positive post. I am a little behind on your blog because I didn't realize you're back "online" again! I guess that's another sign that things are looking up - you have time to share your amazing insight with the rest of us! :) Thanks - I needed that today!