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A moment of reflection

pondering my past, present, and future steps

This holiday season, I just want to take a moment to say thank you to all of the family members, friends, and mentors, who have inspired me, pushed me, and supported me in this journey. This business, as small as it is now, would be non-existent if it wasn't for the encouragement of those around me.
Today as I was cleaning my room, I hung my original Carica Road backpack on a hook with of my other bags. I had just added a leather patch with the company logo to the front flap of the backpack. I literally stopped for a moment and stared as the reality of that patch sunk in.... when I made that bag almost three years ago, never did I ever think it would turn into something bigger than a weekend project. Now here I am staring at the logo I designed, stamped in leather, on a backpack I made, that represents the company I own. Pretty wild. And yet as I stared at that bag I realized what a little fish I am in the big sea of other backpack and bag companies that already exist. Pretty humbling. I have a long way yet to go.
But rather than feel small, scared, and discouraged by my competitors or all the things I have yet to do, today I choose to feel inspired and excited by the journey that still lies ahead. Yes, Carica Road is new, and small, and still figuring things out, but I am proud of how far we have come in the past year. Day by day the company has grown - whether in knowledge, sales, or product development - it doesn't matter. All that matters is that day by day we continue to grow and we choose to take another step forward rather than stand still and remain stagnant. We do not know exactly where our steps are taking us... but that does not matter to us so much as the fact that we take each step with purpose, passion, and conviction.
Here's to the Carica Road journey --- to what has been and to what is yet to come. Wherever you are, we invite you to join us on the road... 
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