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Project ABC: Changes Across the Board

abcHappy Spring, Beacons! I’ve got some interesting news. Actually, I have a lot of interesting news!

A personal change.

A Project ABC change.

And a change to the team at Mirasee.

I’ll start with the update you’ve been expecting. 🙂

In the last Project ABC update I expressed how prioritizing was a challenge for me – and you all gave me some exceptional advice about how to make more time for Paying for Life. I tried a bunch of them – and even settled on a schedule that was letting me make some really good, and consistent inroads in developing things. But then something changed.

An opportunity came along to take a risk, learn something new, and build something altogether different than what I’ve been working on so far. To give you a little background on where this is coming from – I want to tell you about my honeymoon…

Newlywed Dreams

My shiny new husband, Tay, and I were sitting on a patio in Amsterdam about six months after our wedding, sipping tall, frosty pints of dirt cheap and delicious Dutch beer, and talking about the future. I talked about the work I was doing with Mirasee, and wanted to do with Paying for Life. He talked about where he wanted to go with the pastry course he’d be starting in just a few months. Having always been passionate about sweets (both on the production and consumption end), we got hugely excited and spent hours building the fantasy candy shop of our dreams.

Since then, he’s graduated pastry school, and taken a job in a bakery – and has been making candy and chocolate as a hobby, to the delight of our friends and family, and the perpetual dismay of my hips.

We didn’t think we’d have the tools or money or space to realistically start a candy business of any kind for quite a while – a few years, at least. One of the major obstacles to a food-based business is the (very legitimate!) requirement that all food be prepared in a certified commercial kitchen. For someone just starting out without a pile of capital (have you ever priced out confectionery equipment? Geeze-Louise) – that is a very difficult obstacle to overcome.

But very recently something incredible happened.

My husband’s boss, the indomitable Peggy Regan of the Gryphon D’Or, recently offered him use of her (commercial and certified!) kitchen for a song, as well as access to her network of local wholesalers and customers to get his candy and chocolate business up and running. When Tay came home and told me the news, it felt what I imagine winning the lottery feels like: indescribably exciting!

Of course, with that excitement comes a whole mountain of work to do – and I want to be available for that.

So Paying for Life has to take a break so that when I’m not working with you all here at Mirasee, I can help build up the family business. (“Dr. Sugarbottom’s Chocolates, Candies and Confections”, in case you’re interested.) It’s not that my idea for Paying for Life isn’t still a good one, or that I don’t want to do it anymore, or that I don’t think I CAN do it. It’s just that an opportunity of this type is a pretty rare thing and is, in my opinion, worthy of a little sacrifice.

Good Reasons to “Give Up”

Businesses take hard work – all of them. They also take dedication and perseverance and a LOT of setbacks before you start to see any real success, let alone make a living from them. Now, giving up a project or a business you’ve been working on for a long time is a hard thing to do. It hurts at an almost visceral level. You feel a little bit like a failure, or that you’ve wasted too much of your time, and it feels a lot like throwing in the towel. Heck – sometimes you can’t be 100% sure you aren’t throwing in the towel!

  • That next guest post might be the one that gets you the biggest traffic spike known to man!
  • The right influencer might be just about to retweet you to their 4 million followers.
  • You might be one iteration away from the most brilliant innovation your industry has ever seen.
  • You’ve put so MUCH into this already!

Now, the fact is that all of this could be true. When you decide to stop your project – for whatever reason – there’s an opportunity cost there. The trick is to figure out if the opportunity you’re getting is worth more to you than the one you’re losing. Of course – you can’t know for sure. You can never really know for sure if you’re making the right decision, or if you’re chucking the baby away with the bathwater, or suffering from an intense level of shiny-object syndrome. But there are times when it really is the best course of action.

A Golden Opportunity

We’ve all got things we’ve always hoped would happen to us: a dream job, a family, an adventure. When one of those events falls into your lap – or is really attainable for the first time – sometimes you’ve just got to go for it!

Consistent Low or No Return on Investment

This situation is actually a little easier to identify and throw in the towel. If you’ve been experimenting, reaching out, learning and applying what you’ve learned, week after week, month after month, and no one buys anything – you either go back to the drawing table, or cut your losses and start fresh.

You Simply Change

Humans aren’t constants. We learn, grow, evolve and discover new passions. We get smarter, try new things, and meet new people. And sometimes, all of that means that a business you started two years ago doesn’t match up any longer with what you want to be doing with your life or for the world. When that happens, seriously evaluating where your energies are going is a good thing to do.

Final Thoughts on My Project ABC

Needless to say, my decision to put Paying for Life on hold has been sad in a lot of ways. But I’m excited to build a new business, and not just because I get to chase a dream. This time around, I’ll get a deep, firsthand look at food retail and wholesale marketing, local business development, and providing a delight instead of fulfilling a need – very different than the types of businesses I’m used to! I’m eager to learn what elements of engagement and relationship building can be applied to a brick and mortar, local-level retail business!

Thank you all for your support, advice and encouragement for the last year and a half, as we’ve been on the Audience Building Journey together. I’m not going anywhere in terms of Mirasee, the Audience Business Masterclass or any of Mirasee’s other projects, but Paying for Life and my time with Project ABC is over, at least for now.

Of course, we’re not about to leave you hanging for living case studies! There is going to be a new contributor to Project ABC, Carolynne Melnyk – a very talented life coach with over 25 years experience in helping others find solutions to their problems. And she’s a stellar ABM student, to boot.

You can expect to see an introductory post from her next month.

Moving On and Moving Up

This brings me to the final piece of bittersweet news. Many of you reading this know Amanda Durepos, our kind and talented Technology Lead. She’s been with the team for almost two years, and while her contributions have been invaluable, her presence has been a pleasure. She has made what I know was the very difficult decision to move on to a new and exciting opportunity – and she has this to say to all of you:

change in staff - amandaHi all, I wanted to write a personal note to explain that after nearly two years at Mirasee, I will be moving on. I have taken a job in the software industry, which has been of interest to me for quite some time.

My time with the company has been a period of growth, learning, and of self-discovery. I’ve surprised myself on many occasions and have been pushed out of my comfort zone more times than I can count. This has led to an incredible amount of personal and professional growth, and I am delighted to let you know that I will be using so much of what I learned in my new job.

I wouldn’t be in this position if it wasn’t for all of the insight and knowledge I’ve gained from Danny, our amazing team, our community members and our students. I owe thanks to Mirasee – as well as to all of you – for bringing me to this point in my life, where I can go after what I want for myself.

Although we’re so sad to see you go, Amanda, I speak for the whole Mirasee, and I’m sure the community as well, when we say that it’s been a pleasure and a privilege to work with you.

We’re proud of how you’ve grown, thankful for how much you’ve given us, and we wish you the best of every single success that’s coming your way! On that last note, I think someone is cutting onions in my office, because my eyes won’t stop watering. Pardon me while I go kick them out. 😉

What do you think about closing the doors on a business? When is it time? What would be the “trigger” for you?

About Megan Dougherty

Megan Dougherty is an alumnus of Mirasee and is passionate about online education, small business and making a difference in the world. You can find out what she's up to and how side-hustles will take over the world at PayingforLife.com. Follow her on Twitter at @MeganTwoCents.


  1. Sharon Mavis says:

    Amanda, you helped this non-techie through a lot of muck! Thank you so much for the contribution you made to my work. I could not, literally, have done much at all without help. Your help was more than … just … help. It was encouragement and persistence and just what I needed. I will miss you when I sign on again for technology assistance.

    Meghan, from the standpoint of someone my age, what you are doing is so wise and exciting. I have started and left many things throughout the years and sometimes the leaving was quite painful but necessary. Most of the time it did involve my husband! Yes, those husbands do need our support! But I think you will give more than support. You will be an inspiration and you will love the SHARED ADVENTURE!

  2. Ida Smith says:

    Wow, lots of changes for the Firepole Team.
    Megan, Thanks for sharing your struggles with us in this obvious difficult decision. You said something very insightful, “The trick is to figure out if the opportunity you’re getting is worth more to you than the one you’re losing.” I think that says a lot and is important for each of us as new opportunities come our way. And though if feels right now that you’re turning your back on your dream remember that life is full of seasons and even though now might not be the right season for Paying for Life it’s possible that you may learn many things in this new endeavor that will benefit Paying for Life when you can return to it. And of course, there’s also the advantage of all the chocolates and sweets that come with this new opportunity. 🙂
    Amanda, I’m sure everyone will miss you and all the help you’ve been to those of us who’ve taken the Business Master Class. I’m glad to hear that your time with Firepole has been beneficial and helped you to grow both professionally and as a person. Best of luck in your new job. 🙂

    1. Megan says:

      Hi Ida,

      Thank you for your kind words – and for the reminder of the seasons. I really like your way of phrasing that.

      Figuring out opportunity cost is a real challenge – but a very exciting one.

      Thank you again!

  3. Good luck you guys – I always advise my sons to size opportunities when they arise Sometimes it is a difficult decision like leaving Firepole but the future looks bright You leave a great legacy Andrew

  4. Gregory says:

    Congratulations Megan and Amanda!

    Life is really awkward at times while pushing us to our limits. It’s refreshing to see two young ladies in their prime defying their fears to pursue their dreams.

    Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!

    I salute you both…

    It took me 50 some odd years for me to get to where you are now. Just remember; when life gives you a blow that knocks you to the ground, get back up, brush yourself off and go at it again. Never ever give up!

    To reach those dreams it takes faith, hope and belief. So continue to live your lives on your own terms and don’t let anyone steal those dreams.

    May the good Lord’s Blessings shine on you both. 🙂

    1. Megan says:

      Thank you so much, Gregory. 🙂

      I think one of the reasons, and I’ll tentatively speak for Amanda here as well – that we feel we can take these kinds of risks is because we have the exceptional opportunity to be working with people like you, and the rest of our students and community and seeing frequently *how* people can pivot and iterate and take chances – it’s become, if – not easy – something very possible. 🙂

      Thank you again!

  5. Kim Richards says:

    Good luck to you and your husband Amanda. I wish you the very best. Maybe a little more exercise to balance out the chocolate carbs/calories would be good.

    My experience with closing doors had to do with several factors. There was a magazine I enjoyed for many years. I heard it was closing after the owner having it only a year (bad sign number one). My husband and I had big dreams to keep it going, bring it into the ditigal age, help expand our publishing business. I had the skills with InDesign to do the formatting and my husband, the IT skills to handle the rest. So we made the owner an offer and he accepted.

    We put out five issues, one of them the 100th issue of Realms of Fantasy. They were beautiful. We framed copies. I learned so much from the editors and columnists who stayed on with us. I learned even more about all the elements of publishing beyond books and ebooks. We upgraded the software to the latest. I was in Heaven and working my behind off but not minding. We even took the magazine to conventions for the first time.

    So, what happened? Several things. The economy tanked. What’s the first thing financial gurus tell people to cut? Magazine subscriptions. Then a major book retailer closed about half their stores…our distributor believed other retailers would pick up the issues. (Second bad clue.) My naetivity didn’t help things either. The magazine always paid pro rates to authors and artists; and we promised at the beginning to continue that. Other mistakes were made because we were new to magazine publishing and there was no room for a learning curve. We couldn’t get the epub formats of the magazine to work properly fast enough. Darned few companies bought ads, despite several big campaigns. Within a year (just like with the previous owner), we realized it cost more to put out the magazine than it took in. We made the decision to close it and were $50,000.00 in debt. We took out a loan to pay it so our book publishing wouldn’t go down as well.

    It hurt like hell. At times I’ve felt like I killed something I loved. I felt like a failure and was deeply embarrassed personally and professionally. Depression set in for a while. It strained my marriage but ended up being the thing we bonded together over. Now that it’s been a couple of years since we closed the magazine, I look back and see how much I learned. That’s invaluable. Sure I still get a twinge when I see the framed issues hanging on the wall. You know what? It was a short but glorious ride and those five issues are something both of us are extremely proud of. Who knows? Maybe someday we’ll resurrect it in electronic form only.

    1. Megan says:

      Wow, Kim – what a story!

      I can only imagine how difficult that closure must have been – and I’m glad to hear that you can carry forward things you learned from it – not to speak of the physical proof of something wonderful. 🙂

      Also kudos to sticking to your guns about paying pro rates to the contributors – so many publications cut those first!

      Make sure to let us know if you decide to revive it!

      Thank you!

  6. Marcy McKay says:

    Well, Megan, I think moments like this are bittersweet (yes, the pun is intended with your candy-making hubby). Life changes. It ebbs & flows. Maybe you’ll go back to PFL, maybe not. Your gut has told you to put this on hold for now, so I think that’s the right decision. Best of luck to you!

    1. Megan says:

      Thanks Marcy!

      I have a feeling that I’ll be extracting certain elements from PFL at least, and applying them somewhere – but I’m loving getting into a business that has such a richness of puns. 😉

  7. Christine Sang ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Megan! Amanda! congratulations.
    What a timely and beautifully-thought-out posting. So valuable to remember keeping the energy going in the right direction. Especially when you sense that amidst the many opportunities available to you, this one is more “you”.

    Looking forward to hearing more – I hope you bring in your chocolate goes and woes into this forum. I think we could learn from your experience there too. (and drool if you add chocolate photos)

    1. Megan says:

      Hi Christine,

      Thank you for your encouragement! I’ll have to see what I can take from our new learnings and share with everyone. 😉 So far I’ve mostly spent time in “tech world” figuring out a good shopping cart and inventory management system. (Comfort zone, obliterated!)


      1. Christine Sang ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

        Megan, I’d LOVE to hear what shopping cart experience you had while searching this down. That is still on my “figure-out-what to do” list. Please do tell.

        1. Megan says:

          Hi Christine,

          It’s been a journey! I looked at a bunch: Wepay, Shopify, Samcart and Gumroad – and settled on Gumroad. They play nicely with Canadians, subscriptions, sales tax, shipping fees, and up sells, and while their per-transaction fee is a little higher, the ease of integration and the customization plugins available makes me feel good about the choice. (We can set up an affiliate program! How cool is that?)Oh – and they are not PayPal! I did have to get an SSL certificate to be able to integrate it fully into our site – so that’s a whole new ballgame as well. 🙂

  8. Carolynne says:

    Congratulation to both Megan and Amanda! A wonderful new set of adventures for you both. It is always exciting when you are following your dreams and starting something new. Yes, there is there a bittersweet’s to it too. In life it is so important to be aware of the opportunities presented to you, to weigh them up, and to follow them. Too many people would stay where it is safe a comfortable. All the best. Will miss you Amanda!

    1. Megan says:

      Thank you Carolynne!

      You hit it – this feels very much like an adventure. 🙂 I’m feeling more excited as I get more used to the ideas.

      Thank you!

  9. Chuck Taylor says:

    Megan, no to need to apologize-go pursue your dream You’ve been given the tools and a market so you’re already ahead of the game. The challenge is the taste test. If your chocolate can pass that test your business will grow and you’re on your way. Best of luck!
    Amanda I can’t begin to thank you for all of your technical support you’ve provided me over the past year. I know you will excel in your new job. Please know you will be missed by a lot of people. Best wishes!
    Chuck Taylor

    1. Megan says:

      Thanks Chuck!

      *My* chocolates wouldn’t pass any sort of taste test yet – but I’d happily serve my husband’s to the Duchess of Cambridge. 😉 I think we’ll be good in that regard! Thank you so much for your warm wishes. 🙂

    2. Amanda says:

      It has been very inspiring to work with someone who is making such a marked difference in the world. Thank you for all your kind words! I can only hope that my next job will allow me to get to know such amazing individuals.

      Have a great weekend,

  10. A. Lynn Jesus ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Wow – so much great, exciting (yet bittersweet – pun intended there!) news! Congrats on the candy business – it sounds so awesome. Although not an easy decision – I think it is fantastic!

    While I am not sure about the closing of doors to a business, I have had mine shuttered for a bit. I decided to take some time and seek more balance – I finally got a personal life! Hehe. At the same time, utilizing my time differently has actually caused me to reflect upon my business. The distance has allowed me to take stock, see what I like/don’t like, and come to realize that I am just a little bit off of the sweet spot. I have been thrust back into a bit of unknown – trying to figure out which direction to turn.

    Getting back to the questions you pose – I believe it starts with yourself. It requires a deep internal reflection and conversation and gut check. It requires challenging yourself, your beliefs then and now about the business, and checking in with intuition. Then any decision you make resonates or doesn’t. Because the next steps are going to be scary (whether tweaking just a little, changing direction or shutting the biz) you will need to know what speaks to your gut as guidance.

    And best of luck to Amanda! She is awesome and I am excited for her next adventure! Congrats!

    1. Megan says:

      Hi Lynn,

      Thank you for your support – and for sharing how you’ve shuttered your business to seek more balance – personal time is so easy to slice out when things get busy!

      Listening to yourself and taking the time to really understand the answers is something that’s surprisingly hard to learn – but so important. Thank you!

  11. Peter Wright says:

    Congratulations to both Megan and Amanda on your new ventures, I wish you both huge success.

    If it helps, I have had to close several businesses, some due to my own mistakes, some due to factors beyond my control like politics and war.

    It’s never easy, it always hurts, more deeply when you have to tell people they no longer have jobs.

    But life goes on, soon, the new adventure gets the blood moving and you realise that life is too short for regrets.

    Good luck.

    1. Megan says:

      I am very glad I didn’t have to tell anyone employed that the doors were closing – I think that would have made it several orders of magnitude more difficult.

      It’s nice to know that many of us go through this kind of thing – and to hear about the success that can come afterward!

  12. Michelle Crowther says:

    Amanda – Going into software that sounds lively, good for you. I really hope you enjoy your new career. I’m just getting started at FirepoleMarketing but I know I’ll be benefiting from the technical legacy you’re leaving behind so thanks for all your hard work and have fun in your new job.

    1. Amanda says:

      Thank you so much Michelle – I really am excited about what lies ahead. I know you are in great hands with the rest of the team at Firepole. 🙂 Welcome to the family!

  13. Michelle Crowther says:

    Megan – Brilliant news about your new venture. Working with sweets and confectionery does sounds like a shiny new business I’d get distracted with yet I can hear just how much thought you and Tay have put into your decision to change business focus and go for it, well done you guys. Good luck with Dr. Sugarbottom’s Chocolates, Candies and Confections, and please make sure to send photo of all the delights your going to fill the world with.

    1. Megan says:

      Thank you Michelle!

      It’s been sort of surreal to start translating our “Hey, what if…”s and “Maybe we could…”s into: “We actually need to do things now.”


  14. Horace says:

    Megan and Amanda, similar journey here.

    Life is a never ending learning and happy journey. Keep moving even we don’t know what will show up at the next corner. This is the beautiful aspect of life, always full of surprises and wonders.

    Started my own venture. After a while, decided best to join force with other and do what I do best. 3 exciting opportunities in front of me, I had 1 week to make decision.

    Wish everyone the best on the journey. You will be successful in every encounter in your life!

    1. Megan says:

      You’re so right that the element of surprise is one of the best things in life.

      How on earth did you choose between 3 paths in that amount of time? Figuring out one in a month was killing!

      1. Horace says:

        It will not be easy and it is taking a lot of my energy to process it. And I prefer to pick one and move one. Especially all of them will bring me to different destiny 5-10 years from now.

        One will be an online human behavior analytics expert and building platform like Google/Facebook. One will be working with one of well known company for their IT, and last one will be in financial institution as financial instruments (alternative investment) transaction analysis expert.

        IMO. In life, it is more important to make a decision to move on rather than stay on or get stuck for things/fears that hold us back.

        Life is short, embrace it as we never know what will happen next. I strive to live my life fully whenever possible.

        And it also a reason to have my prefer name as Horace. ‘Carpe Diem’ means ‘Seize The Day’ by the Latin poet Horace…..

        Let’s moves on and embrace the magic in our life!

        1. Megan says:

          Really interesting options! I like your philosophy of moving forward – even if something ends up not being the right decision – it would be basically impossible to not learn a whole lot that can be carried forward.

          Carpe Diem!

  15. *applauding* YAY! Megan, that’s awesome! That sounds like so much amazingness, and while I understand the sadness of putting something you’ve put so much work into on hold, I’m proud of you for taking this risk if you feel that this is truly what you feel will be best in the long run.

    Lots of good thoughts coming your way, and prayers for your business! I may just have to order something someday. 😀

    And we’re sad to see Amanda go. 🙁 She’s been awesome, and I hope her future ventures are amazing!

    1. Megan says:

      Thanks Lindsay! I do feel like this is the right thing for us right now.

      As soon as we figure out all of the legal ramifications of shipping chocolate internationally – I’ll be sure to let you know!

  16. Sharyn Warren says:

    Congratulations Megan and Amanda on your exciting new adventures and thanks for your contributions!
    I closed the door on a 20 year private practice and 40 year psychotherapy profession last year–not to retire, but to begin again. To create something fresh, new and in keeping with my Inner Fire and personal “bliss.” I procrastinated on choosing this path for years, even though I knew in my heart that trying to hold on to what was in the past, while trying to birth something new was never going to work. When I finally wrapped my head around letting go of it all–my commitments and relationships and carefully nurtured expert identity and people that I loved, I felt peaceful, calm and ready to roll. Everything moved quickly. Very quickly. As it turns out, the thing I dreaded most–letting go–was the easiest part of closing the business. The biggest challenge I have faced–and still do–is not falling back into what I already know or was used to. Instead, to keep focused on what is new and growing. To be able to be patient when what I want to flow easily somehow turns to sludge, when the new and unfamiliar (read “uncomfortable”) becomes overwhelming, when my energy and enthusiasm become stunted by insecurity and self-doubt, and to allow bravery and vulnerability to help me grow what perfectionism would destroy. None of these show-stoppers matter. They can’t be allowed to matter. It is the adventure that calls. The freedom. The excitement. The joy of discovery and expansion. The thrill of even the smallest victory toward mastery.

    You’ve got to go where the Dream is calling you.

    This doesn’t answer the question about when is it time and the trigger.

    The time is when you know you don’t have anything fresh left to give and everything in you is yearning for a new view.
    The trigger. “Trigger” is the right word. There are the “awesome fun” triggers and the “oh, shit” versions. For me, the build up had been happening for years, but it took a particular nudge to get the ball rolling. A little nde (near death experience that started with the words “Time’s up”–doesn’t get any clearer than that!) This seems to have been a hybrid of “awesome” and “oh, shit. “The “oh shit” version is the kick in the pants quick start method. But first you have to pick yourself up, deal with what just happened–kind of like Danny has talked about–and head off to the new place. But often I think it happens when Life taps you on the shoulder with an irresistible offer that you know you can’t refuse. Now that is the very BEST kind of trigger. I hope that is what you both are experiencing. The very best kind of trigger. Happy Trails To You Until We Meet Again…..

    1. Amanda says:

      Thank you for sharing this Sharyn. I also love your description of triggers and relate to what you said: “Life taps you on the shoulder with an irresistible offer that you know you can’t refuse.” 🙂

    2. Megan says:

      Hi Sharyn,

      Thank you so much for sharing your experience and insight. 🙂 I definitely felt a deep-down “good call” when I finally made the decision.

      I love what you’re saying about triggers, especially “:you don’t have anything fresh left to give” – I think that feeling can cause so many problems – and your audience will pick up in it too.

      Have a lovely weekend!

  17. Ankita Chandran-Dave says:

    Congratulations Megan and Amanda!

    Megan, I identify with what you are doing, I did the same 10 years ago. I asked myself almost all the same questions you are asking. But in hindsight, today as I am trying to resurrect my career I realize I made the right choice.

    I wish you much joy and success in the chocolate business. More joy especially because it is to be a chocolate business. Maybe you can come up with a Beacon community special chocolate 🙂

  18. Katharine ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Times like this remind me of childbirth:

    A big OUCH!


    Looks like fpm has had twins? 🙂

    I truly hope and pray things go very well for you both, and thank you for all the great help you’ve been to Danny and to me and to us all. <3

    1. Dave Bross says:

      Everyone talks about perseverance, but one of the more important life skills is knowing when to quit.

      You learn more of the really important things in life from the projects that fail or that you have to walk away from than the successes.

      Having said all that, are there enough resources in the biz you’re walking away from to make it saleable?

      Might as well pocket a little cash if you can.

      1. Megan says:

        Hi Dave,

        Great point about knowing when to stop – it’s something I’ve often found as difficult as prioritizing!

        I considered trying to sell it briefly, but I don’t think there’s really enough there to make it worth the effort – and I would rather keep the content etc. in my back pocket for now.

    1. Megan says:

      I’m really excited to get some experience with delight – I think it will be a lot of fun.

      That was actually someone Tay and I talked about on the honeymoon – he was feeling a little unsure of things – comparing the problem solving I am familiar with to the delight he was striving to create. We came to the conclusion that, as there is largely not enough delight in the world – creating some is highly worthwhile.

  19. Wow! That was quite an amazing post. Megan, thanks so much for your candor about your journey. It touched me on a number of emotional levels. For the record, I love chocolate! So, best wishes with the family business. As for Amanda, how exciting! Wishing you the best in your new chapter. Have a wonderful weekend!

  20. Linda Lochridge Hoenigsberg says:

    Congratulations to both Meagan and Amanda! It’s bittersweet when you are leaving something good to go to something that’s also good. It takes courage as well. Have fun on your new adventures…and Meagan…I hope you guys are planning on selling some of that chocolate online!

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