My team and I hit a lot of roadblocks this week at my restaurant.  We didn’t have the right tools for projects or the best food for recipes or enough money for equipment.   

And when I focus on what I don’t have, it’s enough to make me want to quit. 

But instead of giving up because of our lack of the “right” or the “best” or “enough” of things, we rolled with it.  We worked with what we had.  We made do with old tools, sub-par ingredients, and make-shift equipment. (Who knew paper straws could come in handy when installing tile flooring?) 

Reader, this week was a big reminder for me not to give up on anything just because my resources and circumstances aren’t ideal.  Sometimes the best innovations come from not having much in your favor. 

I hope your week is filled with this kind of resourcefulness.  I’m so grateful for the people in my life, reminding me how to improvise.  See you next Monday. -Em

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