Peace Out 2023!

Wednesday, February 07, 2024

Primary Blog/Family Business/Peace Out 2023!

New Year...New Adventures! 
by Randi Thraves

As the year 2023 unfolded, Rob and I had a year of many highs and many lows. We found ourselves in meetings instead of tending our pits. We had the some of the hardest struggles our business has ever faced. From getting approvals to trade, to people copying our look, our recipes, and saying horrible untrue things. We were hurt and had again been used in so many ways, but we found ourselves navigating the complex landscape of being business owners in such a trying market that is still so fresh and new.

Don’t get me wrong, Rob and I love sharing BBQ. I don’t think it’s too much to ask for respect or gratefulness in return. It hurts when we share ideas, recipes in confidence, and see people use things we taught them to actively try and hurt our business and family. We keep on keeping on though, and will stay authentic and true.

A few sayings we’ve added to our plethora of sayings. First, from the great Denzel Washington, ‘It doesn’t matter if it’s true anymore, it only matters that it is said first.” Second, I have a good friend that has a saying, “Jealousy is a curse” and then there is always “Imitation is the greatest form of flattery.” I’ve been finding sayings all year long to help get me through. 😀

Rob and I have always wished everyone well, taught people the ins and outs of BBQ, shared information, and have the utmost belief that there is always more room for BBQ from anyone and everyone that wants to put in the time and effort. Build a bigger table as we often say, we have never cut people off from the table. 😀

On top of the business struggles, I also struggle being a devoted wife and a busy mom, all while being far away from my roots. The challenges of juggling multiple roles and striving to grow our business in Australia does take a toll on me. Amidst the struggles, I realised I needed a break, and I needed a trip back to Texas. So, I found a week and cashed in frequent flyers and went to curl up on my parents’ couch, see my siblings, and watch game shows with my grandma. The reset was important to help me find my feet and strength again, it allowed me to breathe and rethink my goals as a business owner, a mom, and a wife. So cheers to 2024, because I'm coming in hot and keen to create some more great experiences through the world of Smokin Hot ‘n Saucy BBQ.

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