There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
Our story is one of many miracles woven together. Most, if not all of those miracles have taken the form of beautiful people, friends/entities/organizations who have helped me when I've needed it, shown up, loved me, believed in Hippie Chick Granola Co., and supported my vision.
And, yes, you all mean so much to me that I need to name names.
The Hippie Chick Girls
I have said before that one of the best parts of my job is the opportunity I have to tell a story with every bag of granola I bake. The "Hippie Chick Girls" are the namesakes for our flavor blends, If you haven't yet, please read about them on our back labels! They truly are the heroes of our story.
Fiona Evans: My fierce and beautiful first born daughter, who, in many ways, was the muse for the inception of Hippie Chick.
Scarlett Evans: My youngest daughter, who reminds me every day what it means to be brave.
Kimberly: For being a life long best friend, for lending me your house (yes, guys, a house!), the catalyst for a fresh start and a new business.
Bernice: For always having my back, for always being there, for being a supporter of Hippie Chick Granola long before it was Hippie Chick Granola.
Theresa DeArros: To many, you're the Post Master of Oak Island, but to me, you're an earth angel. Thank you for being the kind of friend who runs toward someone in a crisis, as opposed to running away.
Christine Carter: Girl, compassion truly is your super power. Thank you for walking with me, and holding my hand every step of the way.
Tamara Bowman: A soul sister and the best photographer in the northeast United States, if not the world.
My Mother: I Love you. Thank you for being my mom.
Milton Bernstein (November 25, 1922- January 14, 2009): Milt, if you were still here, I have no doubt you'd be standing on East Oak Island Drive, stopping anyone who passed by, to hand out granola samples. You'd make a lot of friends out there, and I'd probably have a number of unexpected dinner guests, because that's just how you rolled. Thank you for always treating me like one of yours, and demonstrating every day, that blood isn't always thicker than water, but that love always wins.
Brooks: My son, my "hippie dude," I am in awe of your generous heart, your sense of fun, and your way of being unapologetically "you" in every moment
Stacey: My sister. I wish you lived closer, but am so grateful for how close we are despite the distance.
Oak Island Love
Christie Freeman: You're a rare breed, my friend. Thank you for your friendship, your loyalty to HCGC, and on any given day, for keeping me together. I love you like a sister.
Betsy Kimmel, Laugh and Breathe Yoga: Thank you for your beautiful friendship, for bringing yoga to me and many fortunate others in Southport/Oak Island, and for many fabulous sushi lunches. Here's to many more to come!
Joyce Moulton, AIR, Artist in Residence, Oak Island: A soul sister from that first moment you wandered into the bakery! Thank you for sharing your beautiful soul with me and for bringing such beautiful items of clothing and art to Oak Island.
Mark Gonzalez of Mr. Rooter Plumbing Cape Fear: Mark, I'm not sure I could have done the building up fit without you, and I'm not just talking about the plumbing. You and Robert are Boss with a capital B. Thanks for your wicked sense of humor and your great work.
Dave at Tangles Hair Salon: Because you do great hair, put up with my fussing, and I have tons of fun hanging out with you every six weeks when we meet up for my appointment. Plus, you're just a dear heart and overall good friend and good guy.
Libba Motsinger of Margaret Rudd & Associates: Thank you for taking me to lunch before I moved here, to give me the low down on Island living. You are one of the most genuine and kind hearted humans I've ever known, and I'm so lucky to call you a friend.
Patty and Eric of Oak Island Express Lube (AKA "Boys Under the Hood"): Because when you drive a truck with 200,000 miles on it, having a knowledgeable, trustworthy mechanic is key. Thank you both for all of your help and for being kind, lovely people.
Jaycob Clayton, My Untangled Media: Could you be any more talented? Could I adore you any more? Thank you for the friendship, for lighting up the bakery every time you come to visit, for the awesome product story video, and for loving dogs as much as I do!
Debra and Bob Racine of The Warrior Ride: My first neighbors on Oak Island, staunch supporters of Hippie Chick Granola Co. from before inception, and earth angels who have made it their personal ministry to empower war heroes through their non-profit organization.
Beyond Oak Island
Corey: For being Corey.
Colette: For the same as above, and being our home away from home when we travel up north.
Jennifer Iacovelli: Thank you, my dear, for your incredible friendship. And if that's not enough, I am in awe of your mission to show the world how to incorporate philanthropy into their everyday lives.
Alexa Bigwarfe: Another dear and supportive friend and tireless advocate for newborn health.
Esther Michaels: Esther, you are such a beautiful friend and incredible teacher. Thank you for teaching me that once I let go of fear, everything will show up for me.
Stan Werse: Top notch attorney, fabulous friend.
Nancy and Guy D’Andrea of Thomas Direct Studios: For your abundant support and kindness over the years, and for the invaluable business education that working for you gave me.
Ron and Missy Ronquillo of Pescado Y Amor: For being awesome and for making my bakery space look beautiful!
Katie Grant of K Grant Design: For designs gorgeous beyond words and for knowing how to bring a brand to life.