Day three of talking about the major fails or falls that have come about since beginning this journey, topic: the equipment.
Where do I even begin with the crazy journey I have had with the industrial mushroom equipment from Canada?
In my business plans and presentations as well as one on one dialogue I have had with many people, the mysterious mushroom equipment has come up over and over. And yet I really don't think anyone has quite understood exactly what it is that has consumed my world these past couple years.
It all began in 2016 with a letter, a gift and a craigslist ad... I had made some major changes in my life, and after putting my dreams on hold for several years I decided to write a letter to share my vision and dreams with the incredible support group I have in my life. The primary focus was to motivate myself to bring them into being. But a really amazing friend of mine and my family family believed in me so greatly that a large check arrived in the mail a couple weeks after I sent out my letter.
At a similar time, an ad was on my local craigslist for industrial mushroom equipment across the water in Victoria BC. So me and my wee child hopped a ferry over and went to check out this incredible mushroom equipment, and stayed at a hostel... It was incredible, and humongous and yet I should have seen the signs from the get go, the owner of said equipment had me put a deposit down yet my bank would not relinquish the money to any ATMs. We ended up working it all out, but that was just the beginning of a long stream of things falling apart of not alining at all.
From running out of gas on my way to meet this guy, to trailers loaded with equipment dragging on the ground, and paperwork not being sent to the boarder because of a tiny town in Canada going out of power... But I also gained so much, ever since I stopped letting that guy push me around, things have been up, the Semi driver was able to deliver it to my friend's house who's dad just so happens to be a machine guy, and he is going to be able to fix it up good as new after it has been sitting for the past couple years. Holy cow batman.
That is wonderful and all but the real gains were learning to be vulnerable and ask for help, because when I did I received so much, especially from my dad whom I would prefer to be "perfect" in front of, but once I do admit vulnerability is the best help in the world.
I also was so strongly reminded about listening to my gut, and holding boundaries... The purchase of the equipment inspired me to seek help from our free local business advisor and write a solid business plan and jump into the Edg3 fund competitions with "both feet."It has also lead me to make amazing new friends, and strengthen other relationships as well.
The real lesson I learned was, even if I bite off more than I can chew, its ok to spit it out and start again with smaller bites. As I am now, and what's even more amazing is as I am figuring all this out, the equipment is going to be strengthening a relationship with another incredible female fungi farmer who just so happens to have more space than she can possibly fill up, while my mushroom equipment can make up 400-800 mushroom bags in an hour so in the end it was meant to be, and it happened for a reason, it's just life is never how we expect it to be.
And so that is the story up till now of the big pile of mushroom equipment, this month it will be getting some much needed love and then some or all of it should be making a journey down toward MycoUprhizal so stay tuned. I am excited to see it up and running soon so soon.
Stay tuned my friends, so much exciting stuff is yet to come.
MuShLove Lily, the pirate myconaught momma