MBC Turns 4!

Dear Friends,

It’s been on my heart to share a bit deeper about my MBC journey. If you’re going to read this, it probably means that you are a customer. Well, if you are I’d like you to know how grateful I am to have you a part of my life. I would have never dreamt that I would be writing these words today- four years from the start of it all. My heart is full. The tears are flowing as I write this- thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Ok, here we go. I’ll do my best not to sound like a total moron and screw this up (that’s my “I didn’t go to college” insecurity kicking it.) Alright, alright, no more disclaimers. I’m ready now  : )

Four years ago I distinctly remember sitting on the warm sand at Twain Harte Lake next to my closest friends, brainstorming the name of my first Etsy shop. I had decided to quit my waitressing job to make rings from vintage fabric. Seriously? What was I thinking. Oh! I know what I was thinking… I was desperate to find a way out of a job that was sucking the life from my soul. After 8 months of food service I realized that if I continued on the path I was on, I would regret my life. It was my darkest hour, folks. I was lost, bitter and sad. I found it difficult to even get out of bed in the morning. It was a place I had never been before and refuse to go back to. It wasn’t that long ago so if you chat with me in person about my journey, this is why I usually get choked up and emotional. This is why when I say that I am grateful… it’s because I cannot find a word that truly, deeply describes just how grateful I am. I really mean it.

So back to the Etsy shop… it was a blast to dive into! I instantly fell in love with the online sales platform and spent every waking moment researching and perfecting my shop. I was in love. Not only was I in love with this new world of e-commerce but I was working from home with my baby boy next to me, a very happy camper. Broke… but happy. During this time, there was a bible verse that I said out loud every time fear set in… which was multiple times a day because of the fear of failure, fear of finances, the list goes on. The verse was Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future”. I held on tight to these words. It always reminded me of the beauty of our God, our Creator and his abundant love for me. I would not have survived without it… without Him.

Side note: for those who know I adore all things vintage it’s because at this time in life, I could not afford to buy things at normal retail cost and therefore began consigning and thrifting my clothing. I would also take my handmade tumbler lids and jewelry to the local consignment shop to sell so that I could use the money to buy second hand. Through the experience I discovered my own unique style. I’ve always been a bit confused as to what kind of style I was or liked until I my pockets were empty. Shopping with very little made me dig deep and really consider the options. I wouldn’t trade that knowledge for anything- it set me free! 

Back to the story! I truly believe that if not for that leap of faith into (Poppy & Pearl co.), I would not have had the gumption to try and sell a product that did not yet exist. It was one month into my Etsy experience that the mason jar tumbler idea was born and then included into the shop. Someone I dearly love said to me, “Who in the world is going to pay money for this?!” Believe me friends, there was plenty of opposition during this time… plenty of doubt to go around. But! My very first sale was to a woman who lived in a high rise in Manhattan (pretty sure I shipped her tumbler in a TOMS shoe box because I didn’t know what I was doing!) and her response to the product was this: “It reminds me of home in Canada”. That did it for me. I loved that it was more than a drinking vessel- it was emotional. Three months later was Christmas and I sold 800 handmade metal tumbler tops via Poppy & Pearl co. I nixed the jewelry gig and decided to go full speed ahead with my new found niche. I realized during that holiday season that I had found my “something” and I was waking up with LIFE flowing through my veins!! I was waking up each morning with a spark inside, ready and eager for what the day might bring.

MBC is now a team of eight lovely souls who kick butt in the warehouse and are the coolest group of people to work with!! The team ships retail and wholesale all over the globe. Be on the lookout for some pretty awesome collaborations soon as well as MBC goods coming to major department stores. Due to the momentum of the company, our team has been prepping for big changes and we’re excited for what the near future holds. 

It’s this business that has shown me Gods undeniable grace and favor that comes only from Him. It’s this four year journey that has taught me over and over again to put my faith in Him, to move forward in life without fear, knowing the plan that He has for me is good. We have a great and mighty, loving God that wants nothing more than to have our hearts. I am so thankful that He rescued me four years ago and showed me a path that led to understanding His love for me.

Hopefully there was something here that encouraged you today. Again, thank you for being part of this journey with me and the MBC team. Cheers to life!

xo

-Bobbi

#MBCturns4

Song lyrics by Hillsong United.

“Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)”.

You call me out upon the waters

The great unknown where feet may fail

And there I find You in the mystery

In oceans deep

My faith will stand

And I will call upon Your name

And keep my eyes above the waves

When oceans rise

My soul will rest in Your embrace

For I am Yours and You are mine

Your grace abounds in deepest waters

Your sovereign hand

Will be my guide

Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me

You’ve never failed and You won’t start now

So I will call upon Your name

And keep my eyes above the waves

When oceans rise

My soul will rest in Your embrace

For I am Yours and You are mine

The last four years have taught me to dream bigger, to live with vision and not to be afraid to step outside of my comfort zone.

Etsy Workshop at Port Workspace

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Join us for a morning of inspiration and education!

Learn the in depth how-to’s of being an Etsy Seller. This workshop is dedicated to the ins and outs of what it means to have a successful shop and the tools that will be helpful to continue to grow your business.

The workshop will be held on Friday, March 27th, from 9:00am-11:00am

We will be providing refreshments and some yummy treats + lattes for all! Swag bags are also included- hip hip hooray!! Who doesn’t love a little swag? Our contributors are all truly amazing Etsy Makers and will be announced very soon.

Be sure to bring a notepad, iPad, or laptop and all of your questions!

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Click on the “register” link to sign up!