My son has been telling me that I need to do more craft shows and bazaars. He's always giving me compliments telling me that I have a great personality and that people want to hear what I have to say. I'm being honest with you when I tell you that I'm not a real social person. So it's been hard to grasp that concept. It's not that I don't like people or anything it's just that I consider myself more of a reserved person. When I started my business I had this picture in my mind that I would just make soap and the "talkers" in my family(my son and husband)would be my voice. I felt like I could be in my zone in my soap kitchen stirring, cutting and wrapping and everything else would take care of itself. I have since learned that I NEED to be on the front lines. That I will not have my finger on the pulse of my customers if I sit in the shade and rely on conversations of conversations to inspire me. I do get nervous sometimes with talking to new people but it's getting easier with every customer I talk to. In life sometimes you have to jump into the pool without dipping your big toe in first. You can't let your thoughts go rampant pigeon holding you into what's easy, comfortable or just plain simple. You can sit on the edge of the pool watching everyone else make waves in the water but you will never get the joy, the rush or the cooling effects of water rushing over you. Comfort zones are just that....zones! Perimeters around you that confine you to the ordinary. These perimeters are anchored in fear and fear is not of God. I'm making it a habit to ignore my fear and just jump in. You will feel awkward because it's new. I know I do. But with repetition comes comfort and with comfort comes growth. So when you see me strike up a conversation with me.....the waters fine.