Sometimes it’s good to be a 10 year old

The world we live in is a crazy place. Everything moves so fast, times are unsettling and technology has seemingly replaced live human interaction.

I’m so grateful that I have the opportunity to work in a family owned and operated business. My husband and I share common goals, I get to see my Dani and the rest of our crew every day. Even my dad pitches in when he can, whether it be running to Faneuil Hall on a delivery with me or simply offering a bit of wisdom from past work experiences.

Since family is such a huge part of my life, you can imagine how happy I was when my niece Samantha expressed interest not only in the world of business but in spending time with me as well.

I can tell you that the best therapy for anxiety and worry about everyday life and the crazy world around us is to share some time with a happy, well-adjusted and loving 10 year old.

Wow. Just wow.

At first I was a bit nervous that she’d find me boring and that we may not have a lot of interests in common. But thankfully that was not the case (much to my relief). We talked nonstop about everything, and at the end of the day, we planned another visit.

The world's next great entrepreneur. My niece Sam

The world looks completely different when seen through the eyes of a 10 year old

Our time now consists of conversation, giggles and learning about the world, without the aid of electronics. No television, internet or phones. Just good old fashioned conversation.

Recently, we hit upon an idea for a new product to work on together. Not only would it be a nice addition to our SKUs at Wicked Good, but it could also be an invaluable lesson in business for my adorable and inquisitive niece.

How exciting. What a great learning experience for her! How rewarding for us at Wicked Good.

Through the process of bringing an idea to life from concept to reality, I’m aiming to inspire, teach and light an entrepreneurial fire in her.

By spending time with our team, getting her hands dirty and answering questions posed to her, I’m hoping that she will feel the satisfaction that comes from problem solving and working hard to achieve a goal.

Once that happens she’ll experience the amazing feeling of “I can do anything!” upon completion. A feeling I’ve tried to instill in each of my children.

We’re planning to launch Samantha’s product early fall. In the meantime, there’ll be more visits shared, giggles had and the joy of spending days filled with conversation, work and the air of excitement.

And if you should ever find yourself feeling negative or thinking that life has nothing new to offer you, stop for a moment and take a look at the world through the eyes of a 10 year old child.

Wow. Just wow.