We had the good fortune of connecting with Alexandria Martini and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alexandria, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
Owning a business has changed my outlook on life quite a bit. I started my life extremely goal oriented, always looking to rush and achieve the next notch on the board. I had become stressed and filled with anxiety thinking I always had to do better than what I had given.
Being a business owner, I’ve learned to “enjoy where you are.”
It sounds easy I know but it was extremely difficult for me to do. I still struggle with it actually. I’m generally an over-thinker, so it’s easy to get lost in my thoughts and pre-determined outcomes of my future, as well as the farms. Letting things grow organically takes patience, something I’m not exactly known for!
Mistakes happen (especially on a farm) and it’s important to acknowledge and learn from them, as well as let them go. People constantly grow and change and I believe mistakes take an enormous part in that. When I first moved to our Mirco-Ranch I had no idea what to do. It has taken a multitude of mistakes to become a little better each year.
Overall, being a business owner has taught me to slow down and revel in the challenges a bit. Goals will be achieved but only by remaining present and handling each moment as it comes.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Although we pride ourselves on hand creating, cutting and labeling our soaps at Little Legs Ranch, to be honest it all starts with the goats. It takes spending time with the herd daily to create the trust between each goat. It takes vet visits, early mornings to late nights, and being there for them when they need you most. Kidding season is some of the most intensive work when raising goats. Even though it may be an exhausting period of time, it also gives us the most important ingredient of our soap – the milk! Goat’s milk contains multiple beneficial properties. The lactic acid within goat’s milk helps relive skin of the dead skin cells, the vitamin A repairs damaged tissues, while the fat molecules boost the moisturizing quality of the soap.
Even though I’m the classic “City Girl Gone Country” story, I pride myself on the growth experienced during this journey and sharing the mistakes made and knowledge gained to others.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Colorado being Colorado, some of the most exciting activities normally take place outside. We love participating in everything from paintball to hiking. There are a multitude of beautiful lakes nearby for paddle boarding, swimming and boating. One of our favorite lakes tends to be Horsetooth in Fort Collins, the scenery is one of a kind there. Sushi is one of our favorite meals and Sushi Den in Denver is a must-try.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
We all know it takes a Village to raise a family, well it also takes a village to create and maintain a business! My husband has been one of my biggest support systems throughout this process, as well as my parents. They have pushed me to continue on doing what I love even when it’s messy, stressful, and heart-breaking. I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.
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