Hello and welcome to Finn and Tonic Co! I am so glad you are here.
First things first, let me just say that IT HAS BEEN A LONG TIME COMING! I thought this website would be up and running about six months ago, and clearly that didn’t happen. Actually, a lot of things didn’t happen and a lot of deadlines I scribbled down in my beat up Moleskine notebook were not met. But hey, I’m here, the website is here, and most importantly YOU are here.
I created this website to not only share the products I make for Finn and Tonic Co. but to allow you guys to follow me on my journey of never-ending ups and downs. Also known as: starting your own company.
The idea for Finn and Tonic Co. came in the Spring of 2018 while I was sitting at my desk on the 4th floor of a state-of-the-art office building in Orange County. I was working as a graphic designer and social media specialist for multiple companies across North America. It was great. I had a paycheck I could always count on, constant work, and VERY “instagrammable” office. I was comfortable.
And that was the problem.
For years, I wanted to be comfortable just like everyone else. I wanted a steady job, a steady living situation and a routine life that wouldn’t make me think about what I was going to do next. When I took that job in Orange County I got everything I wanted, I was set. It took about a year into that job to make me realize I had a different definition of comfort than what I initially thought. I wanted more.
I started to think, what’s next? What is my next career move going to be? I was 21 at the time and I honestly didn’t need a “next move”. I didn’t need a next move for a long, long time. I had a great job and a great position that would have kept me financially stable for years to come. That still didn’t stop all the thoughts about the future running through my head. I was getting anxious thinking about getting “stuck” in a “normal” job. I’m not saying these jobs are bad, it just was satisfying me enough. I knew there was more, but I thought it would be crazy of me to leave a job that was so stable to take a huge risk and do something I’ve never done before.
A few months before all this, I had the most perfect Hawaii wedding, and those bills were not gone yet. A lot of bills weren’t, but I never really worried about them until I thought about not having a promised paycheck. I worried about being a new wife and not being able to financially pull my part. I worried about a lot of things, but I worried most about looking back years from now and regretting not taking this risk.
It took me about 6 months of going back and forth with myself every single day about what I should do. I called my mom on my commute home from work for advice, because while I may be an adult, I definitely still need mom advice in my life. She said her normal, perfect, supportive response of telling me to do what I felt was best for me, to do what makes me happy and everything else will fall into place. My husband had been telling me the same thing everyday for about 3 months prior but it’s something about hearing it from your own mother that makes you believe in yourself more (sorry Cory). I wrote up my resignation letter, said a little prayer, questioned if I was mentally stable in making this decision, and turned it in.
My last day came and went and my first official day of starting my own business began. I sat at my dining room table, stared at a blank page in my notebook, stared at my laptop, then back at the blank page. I know, I know, I know, I’m crazy for not having a plan to jump right into after quitting my job but I couldn’t make a plan. Not because I didn’t want to, trust me, I did! My job was so time consuming, I was working 45+ hours and 6 days a week, I just didn’t have time to extensively map out my future business. You know that episode of The Office where Michael Scott starts his own paper company and makes 37 stacks of french toast in his kitchen with Pam because he has no idea what to do next? Yeah, that was me.
Long story short-ish, I started picking ideas out from my brainstorming list and just went with it. I started designing things I could sell, created an Etsy and well here we are. Finn and Tonic Co. in all its glory. It’s been 8 months since I was sitting in my car thinking of a name for my company and now I am writing my very first blog post. It’s been exciting, terrifying, amazing, exhausting, and everything I could have hoped and dreamed for. I can’t wait to see what Finn and Tonic will bring to 2019 and I especially can’t wait to share it with you guys.