Celebrating Three Years
Today marks three years since our first collection went live online. The original launch date was actually June 8 but we were behind because of the inevitable website hiccups, which I could do nothing about other than wait while my nerves bounced around my stomach. June 12 and I sat in my in-laws’ pool house (turned my office) in Dallas as the Shop came online. An idea became a reality in the global marketplace.
It had been a year since we had moved back from Uganda, since we took our backpacking trip around Central America, since we decided to stay Stateside and move to Austin for my husband’s grad program, since a bunch of artisans decided to take a chance on me before I even had a company. To say I was feeling confident and prepared as Ara Collective (now Marra) launched would be an overstatement. But there we were, newlyweds starting on a new path together to be a part of creating a world we believed in, with what we had to offer, whatever that looked like.
Every single person connected to and touching this business is working from their heart and soul. I’m not saying that to glorify our little social business. I guess I’m typing this because I usually don’t think about it but, here I am on June 12, three years after we released our first collection — amazed, humbled, grateful.