We had the good fortune of connecting with Melanie King and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Melanie, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
Setting weekly and daily intentions before diving into your workload is key for me. I am a naturally introspective entrepreneur, so I tend to analyze what I respond to, what resonates with who I am, what works and what doesn’t work and I make small incremental tweaks. I think it’s really important, as a small business owner, to understand that this is a marathon that does not necessarily have a finish line and that success cannot be measured by how fast you get “there.” “There” is constantly evolving and if you are willing and able to adapt to change, you will thrive. Knowing your market, trusting and truly enjoying the people and not the statistics, will ensure that you will be happy. Happiness is the ultimate return on investment. Also.. coffee. Coffee is a habit I highly recommend.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
That’s My Jam was born out of a combined passion for music and quality food. We only use the highest quality ingredients because taste matters. What you put in your body matters. And I love a great brunch! But music has always been a part of my soul. It’s hard to describe. Only those that have the same passion truly understand how you must consume and study music, how it contributes to the development of who you have become, how it’s almost like oxygen. Professionally, I have worked a bit in the music industry on several levels, but ultimately tapped into the part of my soul that combines music, culinary creations and marketing. Professionally, I am a marketer and admin specialist. I build websites, specialize in small business operations, lead generation and finding one’s ideal market. I work full time doing this for a local construction company, and run That’s My Jam on evenings and weekends. Suffice it to say, time management is critical or I’d work 24/7. I am going on year 5 with this small business. Perhaps one of the strongest lessons I have learned on this journey, is that you must always do what is right for you. There is often pressure to be something different and I think it is truly important to stay true to your values and the needs of your family, while helping others as often as you can. For me, for example, there was a great deal of pressure to dive into this business full time before I was ready. As a single mom, myself, taking that risk was too great. You can grow too quickly and I have been very much in control of that. I have slowly but surely grown this business and am proud that I have done it my way. It has allowed me to control the flow of the way I want it to grow and that is empowering. I guess I would want anyone reading this to know that if you have a business idea, or have a lofty goal for yourself to just start. Just take one step. Even if it seems like your life is already too full. If it’s something you truly want and see yourself in it for the marathon, get started. Taking small steps is better than taking no steps and one day you will turn around and have something wonderful of which to be proud.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The first thing I would do is take them on a hike, either in the wee early morning hours so we could reach a point to watch the sunrise or time it just right to catch the sunset. Maybe one day of each, actually. Colorado has so many beautiful hiking spots, but I personally love Matthews Winter Park because it is easy to get to, doesn’t take the whole day and it’s a moderate family friendly hike. Another favorite hiking spot is Chautauqua Park. The views are wonderful and you can come down to some fine dining in the Boulder region. The Chautauqua Dining Hall is lovely or a trip down Pearl Street will allow you to hit some fine restaurants as well, such as French eatery Brasserie Ten Ten (one of my favorites). Sadly, I have recently learned that this restaurant was a recent casualty of the coronavirus shutdowns. Please, please support your small and local businesses. It is a critical time for so many. A day of Colorado brewery hopping would have to happen. A live concert at Red Rocks is on the must-do list, when that’s possible again. A stop off at a market or neighborhood selling local wares and goodies, so I could show them which local businesses are doing great things in the community. And finally well crafted cocktails, a fine meal and a movie back at the pad would be a lovely way to spend time with someone visiting from out of town.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
While there have been many people in my life to guide and encourage me; I ultimately believe my shoutout should go to a concept as well as a people, because they go hand in hand. Struggle: being down and out, having to start my life completely over after nearly losing everything, being raised in poverty and fighting hard to break that cycle has been what has made me who I am. It has created a resilient, flexible, hard working, dedicated person who fights hard. Who understands that when things are down, they can soon be back “up” again, through the simple act of right choices, right actions & right thoughts. As far as the main person to pay tribute to; it would have to be my mom, Trudy, who passed away several years ago. She raised me as a single mom and I remember her going back to school to get her undergraduate and then Master’s degree when I was young so that she could better provide for us. She taught me fortitude, strength and how to enjoy the little things. She was an educator and taught me the value of education and furthermore, lifelong self education. I am therefore addicted to reading books that will fulfill me and my entrepreneurial ventures. It is not uncommon for me to be reading multiple books at the same time. My current reads are “Leverage Your Mindset” by Ricky Kalmon and “The Nuclear Effect” by Scott Oldford. After fighting and ultimately losing her 5 year long battle with cancer. She also taught me grace and humility when things don’t go the way we want. My grandmother, her mother, Irene, however taught me about gardening and cooking, specifically canning and how to make jam and apple butter. Our Apple Butter Jeans, inspired by T-PAIN and Irene, is her recipe and takes literal days to make. There is a bit of her in every batch!
On another note, we will be REBRANDING and RE-NAMING our business in 2021. Same fun musically inspired jams (although some new flavors), but with a new look and new name. Please stay tuned to our socials for updates about that.
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