Synchronicity is the experience of two or more events as meaningfully related, where they are unlikely to be causally related. The subject sees it as a meaningful coincidence. The concept of synchronicity was first described by Carl Jung, a Swiss psychologist, in the 1920s.
The concept does not question, or compete with, the notion of causality. It maintains that just as events may be connected by a causal line, they may also be connected by meaning. A grouping of events connected by meaning need not have an explanation in terms of a concrete sense of cause and effect.
I was introduced to Nathan Havey a few months ago as he and his wife moved here from Washington D.C. He came into the Cafe as a fan of our food and philosophy as we got to casually know each other in between orders. A month ago he sent me a link to his business call Thrive Consulting. I checked my emails late one evening and was enthralled by his marketing business concepts and was just talking about how I was ready to dig into finding the specific next targeted goals for The Redheads. Synchronicity. I hired him a week later and our work together began.
I am plugging Nathan because if I was not doing the important work I am doing now with The Redheads I would beg him for a job doing what he is doing for companies, and essentially the world. Check out his site~ www.thriveconsultinggroup.com
We just finished a four week program hunting down our core values and goals for the next phase of The Redheads~ I am thrilled! Please look out for our roll out plan in the next few months as we adding some exciting new angles to the business!
Below is some homework that I had to do for Thrive Consulting Group. It was a great reminder of that past 18 years of our journeys together, you and I! I thought I would remind you how we met and thank you for all you have done to enrich my life. And thanks for contributing to who I am, what I stand for and for what I do. Also, thank you for giving me the opportunity to contribute to you as well. What a wonderful trip it has been!
It was 1995 and I just graduated from Aquinas College with a Bachelors in Communication Arts. In my exit interview from the advisors department, they made it very clear to me that I, like all other graduates of this time, would have create our own positions. They declared that I would have to interview not for a position, yet sell myself to a company or organization as an asset in the interview, show the company why they needed me. This was the way of the mid 1990’s and I found myself, as did my sister who graduated from AQ three years earlier, a bit stunned by this information.
The two of us started thinking of who were going to sell ourselves to, what the cost, and exactly what it was that we wanted to be involved in now that school was completed. I had just recently left an alternative rock band that was touring and starting to really make a name for them selves, she was painting and traveling, and we both were waiting tables to pay the bills. We had worked in the food business since we were teens and knew it quite well. We were dreaming about a place where people could connect on all levels; through music, food, art, conversation, specialty coffees & teas, creativity, community. We wanted to make a difference and we wanted to be genuine. We desired a life full of vitality. We were determined to do it back where we grew up near our friends and family in Leelanau County~ for through all of our travels we had never found a more beautiful scenic area, with such amazing clean water and vistas, as well as equally amazing people.
The only problem was that where we were headed, we knew it was going to be a challenge. The communities were small, it had become a tourist area with business really only happening for 9 weeks in the summertime, and it largest growing population were retirees. It also had no industry. There were very little opportunities for college graduates to get a job. There weren’t really any jobs period, except for those several months in the summer.
The other challenge was that the area excluding one or two seasonal restaurants that were mostly fine dining, had not caught on to the farm to table concept, nor the whole foods model. Greasy fried foods, Whitefish dinners, and pizza were the areas most available choices other than high end fancy fine dining for dinners and even those businesses weren’t really supporting local farms at the time. There were no healthy breakfast & lunch options in the entire county. There was no gathering place for like minds to talk about music and art and community. There was no live music venues for traveling professional musicians who weren’t drowned out by the loud bar scene and heavy smoke. There was no place to grab vegan or vegetarian options that were creative and amazing tasting. We decided to move home and create our own positions…create our own community with in the one we held so dear, create our own utopia that blended all that we aspects of our passions. We created The Redheads.
“The Hot Spot” was the name of the building we bought back in 1996. It sold pizza’s and ice cream and featured select video games. Our Dad moved back to the county to help us renovate the building. Christen and I worked a 40 plus hour a week jobs while spending every last minute cleaning, designing, & painting our new space. We were young and had endless energy…and we were following our dream! We had many people ask just how we were going to make it being a health food restaurant in the middle of meat and potatoes in the heart of Leelanau County. They wished us well, but knew it would take some serious commitment and an incredible amount of hard work. They were right. In the first few months of being open, we began to learn that we would have to add to our five lunch items and perhaps add a breakfast menu as the baked goods and coffee just weren’t paying the bills!
live our dream and through education and letting the area catch up with the times, we would just continue to watch our business grow. We asked people to remember that they had a choice, that they coulThat is when it all happened. That is when you made it happen. You took a chance like we took a chance. You decided that you wanted it all too like we did…great tasting food, sustainable practices, support of local economy, artists, farmers, community. You wanted more and we were in the perfect place at the right time. Leelanau was beginning to understand the farm to table movement and healthy food that was fresh and creative and that actually tasted good! It was now the early 2000’s and people wanted to make a difference, and you didn’t give up and kept coming back, and we refused to settle by continuing to insist on the sustainable cycle. Even if others would come in looking for pizza, burgers and ice cream, we stuck to what we believed in. We believed that we could make a difference. Each of our choices has power to support and create the life we want to live. We provided a place where we considered our impact on the environment, created tasty healthy dishes using local and organic ingredients, encouraged being active & creative and in doing so we provided a place where you too could gather, eat, drink, share and support ideals that you believed in, ones that you knew could change the economic and artistic climate where we all lived. You desired the culture and food choices of a “big” city, but wanted it in your community, your Leelanau County.
We became known for our incredibly delicious breakfast menu that we served all day, our award winning sandwich and salad menu, our “little night music” concert series and dinners, our commitment to excellence and precision in our food, our desire for gracious interactions with our customers, and our joy of creating a space for all to gather while appreciating art and music. We were determined to appeal to all people: young-old, rich-poor, right-left, herbivore-carnivores.
You kept asking for real food from real people that serve a real purpose. Your demand is what has made a difference in our local economy, our national food system practices, our art and music, our economy. Upon the requests from you, near and far, we began packaging our hummus and selling it in local stores. We now have a product line of over 16 products and sell them in 160’s stores b/t Michigan and Indiana, as well as ship to customers all over the country.
We remain committed to you and your ideals and commitment to a beautiful lovely Leelanau, access to healthy, clean & tasting foods, and a desire to participate in art, music, and moving your body! Live Sassy!
All the very best to you and yours~