These last 18 months, I have been in pursuit of one thing--to be reunited with the only person in this world for whom I have unconditional love. I created In the Raw because I wanted to do something good and kind and right, something that I could feel passion for so that my son could see: no matter what ledge you've been pushed from, you can grab onto something, anything, and find a way to climb back up and survive,
There is no shame in being a single parent. To be the person who can be the breadwinner and still come home to a child and show them how to love, to forgive, to grow, to make mistakes, to survive in spite of all the madness, even when all you've got is yourself to rely on--that's something to be celebrated. I want my son to be brave, to be kind, to be forgiving, to stand up for what's right in the face of certain adversity--and to never give up. I want him to be these things because I find that these qualities can move mountains when you're doing the right thing. I want him to know that gossip and rumors are usually half-baked half-truths or outright lies. I want him to be able to ignore the things that create negativity in his life, and embrace the things that are good and positive and just. These are all the things I want for him, because I believe that one person at a time can change the world. I believe that giving a damn about your fellow man and the planet we live on is a noble cause, and one we should all pursue.
So, here we are at In the Raw, a small crew of misfits. For some of us, this is just about the only family we have left, and every day, we come to work and do what we can to share something good and beautiful with our little city. We help each other, we support each other, and we have each other's backs. We've seen employees come and go, some surprisingly, and some not so surprisingly. Through all of it, I've learned what it takes to be a leader, and what I definitely need to work on to be the best leader I can be. I was born to be a mother and have been filling that role in some capacity since my little sister was born a year after me, so until I have my little man back in my life permanently, I tend to mother my staff. Sometimes they find it super-annoying, and that's okay. A tiger cannot change its stripes, so I am going to embrace my nature.
In the meantime, our little restaurant is growing. Not as fast as I had hoped, but it is growing nonetheless. We struggle each week with bills and payroll, but every face that lights up at a taste of our food makes it all worth it. It makes me realize that no matter what troubles go on in my personal life, as long as I stay the course, all the effort and time and troubles will be worth it in the end. That is what I'm showing my little man. Never give up on what is right and good in this world, and the universe will continue to provide. So.....
Until Next Time, Eat Raw, Live Long!