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Re-locating to Jacksonville has brought on a great number of surprises, but none greater than what has sparked between Da-Vi and I. Those that know our history understand the situation is quite complicated, especially because this is all happening so fast. It’s something we’ve discussed and we’re both in a place where we’re trusting our instincts in order to do what feels right.
I originally came here to work. My initial motive was simply to continue on my path as a social entrepreneur by partnering with Da-Vi to open the only vegan restaurant in Jacksonville. It quickly became apparent that we were connecting on a much deeper level, and that we were adept at transitioning from business to personal time with ease. If the work itself wasn’t challenging enough already we decided to add a whole other layer to our experience together, and at the moment I feel our connection is flourishing.
That’s what you’re seeing here. It’s often what’s shared on social media because it represents an ideal moment, and it certainly was that day on the bank of the St Johns River. A quick getaway for a few hours on the motorcycle to remind ourselves not to take life to seriously, to walk among the trees, and breath in the fresh air around us so we can be full again.
We do have some hard times ahead. The obstacles to open our restaurant are significant, and as the only vegan place here I know there will be a number of unique challenges we’ll have to face on the path to becoming sustainable. I do have faith, in our team, in this community, and in our relationship. We’re asking a lot of ourselves, and we’re committed to using all our experience to ensure we evolve the right way. We communicate openly, we test each other, we take input from others, and we know when it’s time to lead. Perhaps most important of all though, we know when it’s time to step back from work and simply enjoy the moment together on an old squeaky bench in the warm afternoon sun.