Slow + Steady Wins the Race

Life has moved crazy fast lately. The unpacked boxes in the living room of my new apartment are proof that not everything is in order, but details are coming together (and eventually I’m sure I’ll find my favorite pair of shoes in the bottom of one of those boxes). See previous post: ( for details about Salt + Light’s recent move to Pittsburgh, PA. 

I can honestly say that running a business has not been a drag. I have enjoyed every minute of this journey— even those minutes of the in-between, where I got up at 3 a.m. for another flea market, or fell asleep smelling like coffee, I kept pushing through. I can look back through all those overwhelming moments and see the good in it all.

I have always done my best work under pressure and feel that I give my best when I am actively stretching myself and working towards a goal. I have struggled my whole life feeling the need to accomplish more. No matter how much I’ve completed, I tell myself, “I need to do more + I should be more successful by now.”  No one has ever made me feel like this— it’s just how I am! I love achieving + crave the adrenalin high I get after a big accomplishment! The acknowledgement from others after exceeding expectations feels like a prize. I typically put high expectations on myself and beat myself up when I can’t meet them. It’s not enough for me to take a big step towards my goal, I have to achieve my goal and scratch it off my to-do list. I drive myself crazy because I rarely feel content + satisfied as a business owner, and I just wish I could enjoy the small victories.

The hardest seasons for me are the slow, growth-filled ones, where it seems as if time itself is standing still. The seasons where I feel like I am not moving forward as quickly as I would like to and tell myself I should be. Seasons where to-do lists are long and few goals are checked off. I once read a statistic in a book called Good to Great that explained how businesses which start from ground zero, with no financial backing or big money players, often end up more successful. Businesses that start from humble beginnings learn how to budget, how to appreciate the small victories, and have a healthy amount of fear because they are keenly aware of the risk that is involved with business. That healthy fear of risk causes us to respect the pace in which we run our business. The fast track may get you where you want to be quickly, but it also can set you up for a major crash and burn down the road. Fast pace = rushed decisions, excess spending, energy spent at an unhealthy rate + grabbing anyone you can find to join your team (which is always a bad idea). This is how you may begin your business, but it is not a pace you can sustain. If you don’t crash + burn first, your business will, and then you will follow.

Slow + steady wins the race. I am reminding myself of this daily right now. With this recent move, I feel like I have built up energy to run a marathon at the pace of a sprint. I feel so ready to go and excited for the future, now it just needs to hurry up and get here already! I used to have a basketball coach that would say, “be quick, but don’t hurry.” Be ready to jump in + take a leap of faith, but don’t rush into anything. Wait in anticipation for the fast paced seasons in the future, but don’t get caught in the trap of wearing busyness as a badge and as a false appearance of being successful.

I recently read a quote that said, “good things come to those who hustle.” We live in a society that tells us we have to hustle constantly to ever gain any sense of worth, success + dignity. Don’t believe it. Results come to those who are patient, strategic and focused on their goals. Is hustle involved? YES. But, what’s worth more than hustle is resilience. Resilience + grit will keep you going even through that slow season. Believe me, you will experience dry, dead + straight up boring times in life and business. Times where you feel a little lost and think to yourself, “will all this pay off?” Or, “When will I see a breakthrough?” Oh man, if I had a dime every time I had a thought like that. Hustle is good, but it's not the answer + its most certainly not sustainable. Hustle is temporary. It’s merely the motivation you need to get through a fast paced season, but businesses are built in the off-seasons; times that no one will applaud you or acknowledge the work, or “hustle” that you are putting in. Keep going at a consistent pace and fix your focus on your goal. When the time is right, you will step into the arena + all those years of hard work in the dark will pay off. 

Keep going. It may be a slow + steady pace, but I promise you that you are getting ahead. Good things take time. Don’t allow yourself to be controlled by the constant, “in your face” lie society tells us about hustling. Take it one step at a time + celebrate the little victories as you go. They are bigger than you think! 

Good things are coming!

Morgan Darr  

So What's Next?

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Hey y’all!

Salt + Light (primarily me, Morgan)  has some big things on the horizon. Things that terrify me + excite me all at the same time. I truly love seasons of change and the new opportunities, connections and knowledge that it brings. Change is guaranteed to make you grow and I know without a doubt that Salt + Light and myself will experience so much growth and expansion into areas I would have never imagined. 

First of all, Salt + Light will be moving from Canton, Ohio to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. How crazy is that?! This move has been on my heart since September of 2018 + with a lot of thought, prayer and careful consideration, I decided that now is the time to make the move. Starting in August, Salt + Light Coffee Co. will be officially established in Pittsburgh. Tell all your Pittsburgh friends that a new coffee company is coming to town! 

I want to explain my reasons behind the move because I understand that this can seem a little random + unexpected. As I said earlier, Pittsburgh has been on my heart for quite a while now and there have been a number of personal factors that played into this. Pittsburgh is an up and coming, booming city right now, and as owner of Salt + Light, I will lead my company to the area that I feel will gain us the most exposure and provide the community of supporters that we need to thrive. Canton has treated us well for two years, and now it is time to take the next step and expand into a bigger city with more opportunities. As of now, we will continue to provide the services of a wholesale coffee company with high hopes and expectations for the future!

Ohioan friends + wholesale clients, this move will not significantly affect you. For all our wholesale clients, we will be delivering coffee on Mondays. So, plan accordingly! We will continue shipping coffee like we do now for all who are interested in ordering a bag online.

Lastly, as many of you already saw, we will be opening up our trips to Haiti for YOU! We can not wait for you to experience the beautiful country of Haiti, meet our amazing farmers and immerse yourself into the culture. Our first coffee tour runs November 2nd -7th and we still have spots available. Keep reading for details!


In our opinion, the most effective way to empower the Haitian economy (or any other) is by providing jobs, business and tourism. Tourism creates so much business in developing countries! We are playing our role in expanding tourism + business by opening up our trips to Haiti and implementing 3+ coffee tours a year. Each of the coffee farmers involved with the tour will educate us on the process of harvesting coffee and allow us to harvest coffee with them. In return, each farmer will receive a minimum of $200 US dollars. This is a huge step towards the future of sustainable income for our farmers, because the coffee tours will allow our farmers to earn a steady income throughout the year versus the crop and weather dependent once-a-year pay the farmers typically receive. 

As fascinating as the coffee industry is, our tour does not end there! Provided activities will include boat rides, hiking through Haitian jungle landscapes, beautiful waterfalls, and even surfing lessons! If you would like more information, send me an email - ( 


I am so excited for the future and without a doubt know that good changes are happening. Thanks for hanging in there with us through this season of change + uncertainty! And always, for your support for myself + for Haiti. Your love and prayers mean more than you know.

The best is yet to come!

Morgan Darr

The Power of a Story

Erilia Pierre

Erilia Pierre

Have you ever heard someone share their story and felt empowered, motivated, + inspired afterwards? Or, maybe that same story left you discouraged and disheartened. Either way, we know from experience that our voice, words + story all have power. I read a book when I was 14 years old titled “Do Hard Things” by Alex & Brett Harris. The pages contained story after story of adolescents completing difficult tasks: from creating a fundraiser to raise thousands of dollars for an organization, starting a business, or speaking at a large conference despite their public speaking fears. The stories in this book inspired me + reminded me that I was capable of doing something that mattered. I was 18 years old when I started my own coffee importing business. Before reading "Do Hard Things" I don't know if I'd have had the guts to believe I could do such a thing. We all were born with a voice that was created to be used, but so many times we get stuck wasting our words on worthless conversations and destructive sentences instead of building each other up and encouraging positive change. I hate the feeling of walking away from a conversation and thinking to myself “why did I just say that?” (I know that I am not the only one who thinks that.) Sometimes, our words do not even need to be vocalized before they become catastrophic. Our thoughts are words - just un-vocalized words - and oftentimes the most deadly.

Jean Benitha

Jean Benitha

Every voice has power, but not every voice is able to be heard. In Haiti, I have spoken with many people who have tried to tell their story but have given up the dream that it will ever be heard. I can only imagine how defeating that must feel. I grew up as the baby in a family of three very dominant, loud and outspoken people. I can relate to not being heard on a small scale. Unlike most locals living in developing countries, however, I was taught my right to freedom of speech and was encouraged to speak up, stand up for myself & express my feelings - all examples of privileges they are not accustomed to. The distance between us and people in other countries causes their voices to grow quiet and by the time we even hear them, we no longer hear the full story and our prejudices have already decided our thoughts towards them and their circumstances. This infuriates me! I know the country of Haiti as a country filled with loving, hard working people who want to help their country get out of the vicious cycle they are in, but when I see how our news portrays Haiti, it breaks my heart! People living lives of comfort + privilege are constantly warning me about the dangers of Haiti...yet, they have never been there. You see, you can not truly know someone’s situation until you listen to their story, but many people never want to take the time to do so. One of my favorite things to do is to sit down and just talk with my farmers. The first time I sat down with a farmer I envisioned he would start pouring out his life story to me and was slightly disappointed when this vision did not come to fruition. At first I felt frustrated because I felt like I was not connecting + learning more about the personal life of my farmers like I wanted to. But then I realized, no foreigner has ever shown an interest in their story. In fact, when I would ask them questions, their usual response would include something regarding their poverty because to them, that is the extent of their story. Poverty. Poverty is engulfing them, surrounding them + ever so present in their lives. Naturally, that is what they will talk about instead of their hopes, dreams for the future, or goals.

Melianie Charlot

Melianie Charlot

What I didn’t realize when meeting my farmers for the first time was that it takes time to get to know someone’s story. It’s not a “one time question” kinda deal. It’s a process and you have to be in it for the long haul. I didn’t truly get to know my farmers on a personal level until I started spending time with them and it wasn’t until they realized that I was invested in them until they really began opening up with me. It’s been two years since that first conversation and I feel like I am just scratching the surface! You know what? I didn’t get to know my farmers when I asked them to tell me about themselves. I got to know them by planting yams with them, visiting their homes, touring the coffee gardens, showing them pictures of my family, and playing with their children.

Enel Robert

Enel Robert

If you want to give someone the opportunity to share their story, meet them where they are + expect to spend time with them. By spending time and providing room for them to share their story you are empowering them. You are letting them know that they are heard and you care about them. This is what we at Salt + Light Coffee Co. are working to achieve in Haiti. We want our farmers to know that we will help them find their voice and make it heard, and that we will share their story without prejudice, bias, or preconceived thoughts towards them. This type of change is not achieved quickly but, until then, we will speak up for their rights, their community + their country if their story were our own.

More than a Garden

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Hello Salt + Light fam!

First and foremost, I just want to remind you that y’all are the real MVP’s. When I say that none of this would be possible without you, I sincerely mean that Salt + Light wouldn’t exist without your support. Without each of you, our farmers would not be known, the community would not be improving + the Haitian coffee industry would not be growing. Your support is a bigger help than you know!


Sometimes I feel that people think, “It’s just a bag of coffee. What good can one bag of coffee really do?” Trust me, I get it. I have been in the aisle at the store holding a jar or bag  - questioning whether or not it's worth it to pay more for fair trade, direct trade & organic products. Most of the time it is worth it. However, there are many companies that promise a lot and fulfill very little. Fancy branding + overpromising words turn into extra dollars in their pockets, instead of furthering whatever cause they would like you to think they promote. Companies like this make me cringe! Use caution and good judgment when purchasing products that promise social justice improvements.

Oops, I got off on a rabbit trail there. Thanks for reading my mini rant! Anyways, I am here to tell you about our community garden that we have established in Thiotte, Haiti. Y’all I am GEEKED. This garden has been a dream of mine for a long time! Watching the garden being planted made me so proud of our farmers and the community of Thiotte, Haiti. Let me explain why:


A few days prior to the trip I had been feeling anxious and like always, I was struggling with thoughts concerning what our farmer's thoughts were about Salt + Light & this new community garden that I was promising to them. As I had said previously, I have wanted to build a community garden for a long time, but did our farmers really want this? I only want to establish programs that will directly support our farmers & their community.

I arrived in Haiti and was immediately picked up by Bichard (the president of the coffee association Salt + Light is connected with) and was taken straight to Thiotte. The next day, we woke up early and went to purchase six hundred yams for the garden. We purchased the yams and all the other seeds from our coffee farmers, which in turn creates a multiplying effect as it provides business and sustainable income. Paying the farmers for last harvests seeds generates a secondary income source in addition to their main crop of coffee.

Picture provided by Bichard Bonnet, the president of our coffee association.

Picture provided by Bichard Bonnet, the president of our coffee association.

After purchasing the yams, we drove to the coffee drying beds - preparing to plant all 600 yams in an open area located directly behind them. When we arrived, we saw that many of our farmers were there waiting for us! They had heard about our plans to plant the yams and showed up to help us. And let me tell you all, they definitely were determined to plant these yams! They knocked out the daunting tasking of planting 600 yams in less than an hour and proceeded to follow us to the coffee nursery to help us prepare to plant new coffee seedlings. What we thought would take us all day only took an hour because of the farmers work ethic, diligence and faithfulness to Salt + Light. These people engaged in reciprocal giving of their time and labor because they trust Salt + Light to build into their lives + community. We're not there to make a quick buck at their expense - and they know it.

So far, the community garden has 600 yams, 500 peppers, corn and beans! The goal of this garden is to provide a sustainable source of food for the community of Thiotte by purchasing seeds from our farmers, hiring a full-time manager of the garden, employing multiple young adults to help with the garden and by selling all leftover produce at the market for next years seeds. Our farmers will receive an extremely discounted price for the produce, but we still will be charging them a small amount so that we can continue to expand the community garden. If we give away the produce from the garden, then we will not have a garden next year!

Thank you all so much for believing in Salt + Light and supporting our vision for the future of Haiti. Creating long-term, sustainable, locally ran programs & employing the local people is how you make a difference. Fair trade and direct trade are useless unless you are investing in your farmers beyond just doing business with them. When applied properly, fair trade standards, the transparency of direct trade and long term investment in the community that surrounds the farmers is a powerful force of good for their future. We at Salt + Light strive to achieve this for Haiti - one bag of coffee at a time.

Empty Bellies + Open Hands


Have you ever skipped a meal? If you have, then I am sure you know the discomfort that hunger pains can cause. There are children in Haiti who wake up every morning uncertain of their next meal. There is a child who is currently experiencing discomfort from hunger and weakness from the lack of proper nutrition. Bichard Bonnet, the president of our coffee association (APIAB) in Thiotte, Haiti, recently brought to my attention that he had been feeding 300+ children and paying out of his own pocket … talk about a selfless man. He expressed his desire to keep the feeding program going, but was worried due to his financial limitations. Naturally, he can’t keep this up by himself. I don’t think many people could feed 300+ children for a long period of time. I promised Bichard that I would do something about this and share the responsibility.

Bichard Bonnet, the president of our coffee association.

Bichard Bonnet, the president of our coffee association.

The raw, honest truth is that two out of three Haitians live on less than $2 per day. Just think of three close friends you have. Two of them would be starving. What would you do? Turn your head and pretend you are not aware of the situation? I look at these statistics and see people, not numbers. It’s two out of three moms, wives, school teachers, babies, dads, husbands, farmers, taxi drivers, do I need to go on? We hear compelling statistics, but the problem with statistics is that they are numbers with no follow through. Numbers without action is equivalent to supporting the problem instead of the solution. Let’s think past the numbers on this next statistic: one-third of women and children in Haiti are anemic. That means that there are children and women in Haiti right now that are experiencing the negative and crippling side effects of anemia. An anemic person’s body has an abnormally low amount of red blood cells. Because of this, they experience fatigue, skin pallor, shortness of breath, lightheadedness, dizziness, or an increased heart rate, along with other symptoms. You don’t need to be a doctor to know that anemia causes discomfort (to say the least) and is a serious issue. It can even lead to heart disease, since the heart is overworked for having to compensate for the lack of blood cells. Anemia is just one of the many diseases that are caused by malnutrition.

I think we all would say and agree that we want to end world hunger. We all want to put food in babies’ bellies and stand in unity, fighting against malnutrition globally and locally. I have dreamed of fighting against world hunger before, but it wasn’t until Bichard reached out to me, that I woke up from my selfish mentality of believing that I had to wait for the “right time” to start a nutrition program. Last time I checked, there are starving children who do not have time to wait for the “right time.” To them, right now is the right time. If I were in their shoes, it would be very difficult to hear someone tell me that it wasn’t the “right time” to provide a meal, or that they “shouldn’t give financially right now because ___________.” I can’t help but think about how overlooked, objectified and dehumanized, people in other countries feel. We give them a number instead of a name, a sympathetic look instead of a meal, and we make excuses to justify our reasons not to give. We all have done it, and I know that I’ve definitely made excuses for not helping by saying things like, “I need to get my finances straight before I help someone else,” Or, “I need to invest my time & money into my company before investing into a nutrition program.” I hate to admit it, but that last excuse has actually come out of my mouth. How selfish of me. We are taught to take care of ourselves before we take care of others, and that’s not inherently a selfish mentality, but I personally feel convicted to switch the logic of “me first, then you” around. I want to see what would happen to a company that starts to live with open hands, even when giving isn’t logical or financially affordable. I want to see what will happen to my own life if I start to live with the knowledge that the things I’ve been blessed with aren’t just for myself, but to put me into a position to give back to others. I firmly believe that there is a generous spirit in each and every person, and sometimes it just takes encouragement from someone else to draw it out. Just like Bichard drew mine out.


With that being said, Salt + Light Coffee Co. has a goal of raising $4,000 to fund at least 100 meal kits for families in Thiotte. These meal kits will provide bananas, rice, cooking oil, beans and maize. In addition to the food, we will be hosting a party for our coffee farmers and the families in the surrounding area, to help take their minds off of their daily troubles and bring some joy back into their lives. We will also give the children toys such as, mini soccer balls, jump ropes and books (written in Creole). The time is now, because the needs are immediate — which means we have a very short time to raise the money (a month at the latest), so we need YOUR help! We are not strictly accepting monetary donations, but are also accepting *gently* used toys, art supplies, coloring books and any other items that may bring joy and happiness into a child’s life. For sustainability purposes, we will be purchasing all the food in Haiti and hiring translators, as well as drivers to provide more jobs in the process! My company and myself will give towards this goal. Will you partner with us?

Every. Single. Dollar. Matters. If you are unable to give financially, then please join us in prayer for the people of Haiti and for protection and safety while we are there. Share this blog, share our GoFundMe page, share the story of our company, and share with everyone you come in contact with. There is power in a group of people who stand in unity, fighting for the same cause.

Haiti is a country of giving people. They live with open hands and empty bellies. How great of an impact do you think we could make with full bellies and open hands?

Dancing on Disappointment

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PC: Ivory & Lace Photography

Emotionally drained, physically aching, mentally shut-down, and spiritually desperate. Does that sentence strike a chord with you? It sure does with me. I know all too well what it is like to be battle worn and the damage it does to your body. Life is a battle. It truly is! We have so many demands pulling on us every single day. It feels as if life is working against us and doing its best to bring us to our knees in utter defeat and exhaustion. I have been down many times throughout this one and a half year journey of Salt + Light Coffee Co. Life always finds a way to get to us. I can think of two occasions I’ve been physically on my knees in a desperate state, due to heavy demands and desires that left me disappointed and anxious.

The first time was about a month (if that) into creating Salt + Light Coffee Co. I was eighteen years old and trying to figure out the best way to ship 500 coffee bags to Port Au Prince, Haiti. In the end, I sent them down via UPS, and it cost me nearly $400 dollars. Yikes! Let me tell you, spending $400 dollars on shipping bags as a young adult hurt me big time, and I began to think I wouldn’t actually have the money to go through with creating the company. So, I did what any girl would do … I cried … and cried some more, and desperately begged God to supply me with the rest of the funds. *Spoiler alert*: In case you didn’t know, He did ;)

Kelsey + I at the Cleveland Flea. Picture by Adrienne Gerber.

Kelsey + I at the Cleveland Flea. Picture by Adrienne Gerber.

The second time was when I came so close to purchasing the space of my dreams. It was an old, empty house perfectly situated by a busy shopping center and a university. With a few renovations, it would have been a perfect coffee shop. For those of you who do not know, Salt + Light has been looking for a space to open a coffee shop! Anyways, as I was saying, I was just wrapping things up and getting my ducks in a row to put an offer on the home when it sold. So. Dang. Quickly. I mean, it was on the market, and before the sign even said “sale pending” it was off of the market. I was so devastated! I had my hopes up on this house and truly believed, with every ounce of my being, that this space was meant to be.

I remember being on my knees in my living room sobbing. I mean, I was ugly crying. I felt sick to my stomach and ended up peeling myself off of the floor to replant myself on the bathroom floor just in case I got sick. I looked in the mirror and quickly looked away. I had been crying so long and hard, that I didn’t even want to look at my teary eyed, battle worn face. It was the weirdest thing ever, because it was just a house. There were plenty of other available spaces that I could have purchased, but there was something so special about this house, and I wanted it so badly for myself and the company. Needless to say, I bounced back from both moments. However, it isn’t always easy to bounce back, recover and recuperate from “battle” moments, and times of disappointments.

Although I am by no means a pro at bouncing back and re-grouping after a roadblock, I do feel that I have learned a few tips & tricks along the way. However, I feel that it is important to mention that learning how to bounce back and recover physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually after an event no matter the magnitude, is something that you have to learn on your own. I have read so many self-help books on stress management, “how to keep your spirits up” articles and blogs from just about every blog writer out there, but through the course of time and struggles, I figured out a few things that have helped me. It’s very important to figure out for yourself what works for you. So, instead of writing another blog on tips to recover, manage stress & push through difficult times, I wanted to simply encourage you. Things will get better. You are equipped and empowered to face every obstacle and climb every mountain. You may not feel like it, but let me encourage you: don’t base things off of your feelings! Our emotions are our enemy sometimes, and when things get tough, the stress is real, and the anxiety is knocking at the door. The best thing we can do is fix our focus. Scale up the mountain in front of you, start climbing, and teach your feet to dance upon the disappointment.

PC: Adrienne Gerber

PC: Adrienne Gerber

Hear me out, disappointment is real. I have experienced the crippling effects that it often brings, but do you know what else? The power & strength within you is real too. I am not trying to underestimate the stronghold of disappointments, but rather help you see that you are more than whatever it is that you are facing today, and more importantly, you are stronger than you think.

The battles you are facing, whether that incorporates anxiety, stress, depression, financial difficulties, or something as simple as trying to figure out how in the heck to ship 500 bags to Port Au Prince, Haiti, it all is just a season. Like everything in life, the battles you are facing will eventually come to and end. Grab ahold of something that will keep you going. Think about why, or who you are doing this for. For me personally, my faith, passion, and empathy, drive me into action and keep me going.

I want to wrap this up by reminding you and reiterating, that you are capable of doing more than you could ever imagine. We were never intended to live mediocre lives, but lives that are rich and full of obstacles that push us to the next level. As you continue on your journey, fix your focus and train your feet to dance upon the disappointments. Someday, you will look back and feel a sense of pride seeing how far you have come, and trust me, that feeling makes it all worthwhile.

I Am Rich.

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Thiotte, Haiti - 10.22.17

I am rich. That’s a bold statement, right? When we think of riches, we think of wealth. But, one thing I have learned recently, is that I am rich not because of my wealth, but because of my opportunities, resources, friends, family, abundance of food, clean water, my car, my home, and the list could go on. Riches do not equal wealth. In fact, the definition of richness is “the state of existing in or containing plentiful quantities of something desirable.” According to the definition, you can be rich just by “existing in” riches. My guess is that you are existing in riches if you are reading this blog. I am existing in riches right now. I am in my cozy bed, with my heater on, using an iPad and under a roof. Simply being under a roof is a luxury. My driver in Haiti, Charles, told me when it rains in Haiti, some people cannot even sit down or sleep. They have to stand the whole time because they have nowhere dry to lie. So they find the driest spot possible, and they stand and wait, and wait some more. Their stomachs are empty, and their feet are wet. Even when the rain stops, they have nowhere to go, because everything they would typically sleep on is saturated. And we complain about the rain from our warm homes.

Here is a picture of Charles enjoying a cup of coffee with one of our farmers, Merisier Mariane.

Here is a picture of Charles enjoying a cup of coffee with one of our farmers, Merisier Mariane.

I am so guilty of this, and honestly, being grateful is something I never truly understood until I saw firsthand what it is like to go without. For example, can you imagine the levels of panic that would flood the states if there was a food scarcity? We eat without even feeling hungry. We eat because we can, and we throw out what we don’t want. Charles grew up with a single mother, who gave him and his siblings salt water to make their bellies feel full. He also told me that he didn’t know how to answer Americans when we asked him if he was hungry. He said, “You feed me at 9am and then ask me if I am hungry at 10am. No, I am not hungry, but I do want to eat. I wish you asked me if I wanted to eat instead, because then I could say yes. But, I cannot tell you I am hungry, because I know what it is like to be hungry.” After that, I promised myself I would never let the words, “I am starving” come out of my mouth.

I’m just on a roll with stories so, why stop now? I will never forget talking to one of our coffee farmers, Noël. I asked her how she liked her coffee. It’s typical for Haitians to drink their coffee with sugar, so in a roundabout way, I was asking if she added any sugar to her coffee. It was an ignorant question, but I do not regret asking it, because her response rocked my world. She said, “Well, when I have money, I buy bread and I drink my coffee with bread.”

This is one of my favorite pictures of Noël. It captures her spunky + energetic spirit!

This is one of my favorite pictures of Noël. It captures her spunky + energetic spirit!

After that particular trip to Haiti, I walked into a coffee shop and started to get a little bummed. I was thinking about how much money I just spent on that trip and how low my bank account looked. Remember, I am walking into a coffee shop to buy my $4 pour over, and on top of that, I still had enough money to buy as many loaves of bread that I wanted. Instantly, I thought of Noël, which stopped my pity party in its tracks. I honestly hope this is not condemning you, but rather, convicting and encouraging you to be thankful for what you have.

I remember feeling guilty after my first trip to Haiti, but I quickly bounced back and learned that we are blessed to be a blessing. It’s one thing to know that you are blessed, but it's another thing to bless someone else. There is nothing wrong with your riches. The only time riches become wrong is when we become selfish with them. Here is what we need to understand: we can be financially broke and simultaneously rich at the same time. I am not going to lie, my mind was blown when I heard that statement, and it took me a while to understand it. Broke is temporary and refers to money. Broke doesn’t mean poor, either. Poor and poverty are both mindsets and terms that classify income levels. Even if we are broke, many of us still have rich lives. Or, you could replace the word rich with full. Please hear me out, I understand poverty. Trust me, I know it's not easy to have a “rich” perspective on life when your car payment is due, and you are scraping the bottom of your bank account just to keep your car on the road. I am a twenty year old, small business owner that is still in the start-up stage — I understand financial demands and the pain we can experience from them. However, I also want to encourage you to look at the positives and understand that there are many who are living with much less, yet still find so much contentment and joy in life.

Our most recent trip to our farmers was pretty rough. It took 6.5 hours of driving on extremely difficult roads (y’all, I am talking about a road that was also a dried up river),  no bathrooms, and no spare water, a flat tire, and overheated the car on the side of a cliff. But do you know what Charles said when asked if he knew how difficult the trip would be? He chuckled and said, “ No, but..” he paused for a second, “Morgan had a dream.” Instantly I felt the sting of tears in my eyes. This man, that lives with less “riches” than I do every single day, was willing to sacrifice so much in order to fulfill my dream.

Charles and I talking with our farmers!

Charles and I talking with our farmers!

I want to be more like Charles. I want to be a giver, even if it means I am giving up something I love for the sake of others. Gosh, it’s so dang difficult though! I want to live with a “rich” perspective, rather than a “wealthy” perspective. Will you join me in this? After all, we will not be known for what we take in life, but by what we give.

If I Quit; The Selfishness of Quitting


Hi there, friends!

So, I drive a lot…like a lot. I live about 30 minutes from all civilization, not to mention I’m an extrovert (not a good combination). Most days, I do not mind but, it would be a lie to say that I love living in the country and driving all. the. dang. time. I have found that amidst my busy, crazy, go-go-go schedule my drive has become my cherished thinking time. Typically, I get pretty deep into my thoughts and start solving the world’s problems (at least I like to think so). The other day, I began thinking about quitting. I was tired and defeated. I didn’t know what I was doing and even now, I’m still figuring it out as I go. I had thoughts of insecurity rushing through my mind: I felt like someone else could manage my position better, I felt that my company was just “mediocre,” and I felt like a fraud. Pro tip: don’t listen to those thoughts. They can easily become beliefs and keep you from pursuing your dreams. My deep thinking on this topic lead me to this conclusion that I wanted to share with you. Let me know your thoughts! I always love hearing from you all!

Have you ever pondered the ramifications of quitting? It’s not really something that we typically put much thought into, or a hot topic at the dinner table, but I believe it’s something we should take into consideration more often. Many of us weigh out our pros and cons when we are trying to make a decision and we contemplate what the consequences are, but many times the focus is on us. We think about the ramifications and the benefits for ourselves, but we don’t think about how our decisions could potentially hurt others. Let's unpack this thought.

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There is a passion and a dream inside of you that the world needs. Our dreams and passions are never for ourselves. Yes, our passions will better our lives by giving us a sense of fulfillment and can oftentimes fill us with a joy we will not be able to find elsewhere, but more importantly, our passions are in us for someone else. There is someone on the other side of your dream. Your dreams become selfish when you choose not to DO. The selfishness doesn’t lie in the dream, it lies within the doing. YOUR passion could be someone else’s key to freedom, education, quality of life, etc. I will use myself as an example: If I quit pursuing my passion, then a coffee farmer would be forced to sell his farm because he could no longer afford it. His farm was not only his income, but it also was his life. It was passed down to his grandfather, then to his dad, and now he’s been handed what is left of a declining coffee farm and cannot pursue his passion (coffee) because of his situation. Or, there is a father who sits down at yet again, another empty table surrounded by hungry children. He needs to make more money, but the market value price for coffee just dropped again. And what about the woman who has come face to face with her greatest fear: losing her husband. Now, she has to tend to the coffee fields and children without the support of her spouse. Believe it or not, this is actually a true story of one of my farmers. Gosh, can you imagine the despair and amount of hopelessness coffee farmers must feel at times? Who's going to help them? I can’t turn my head and pretend I don't see the needs. If I do that, those farmers may never receive the quality of life that they deserve. Quitting will not only affect myself, but it also will affect my coffee farmers, their families and many others.

Next time you feel like giving up, think about the person who could potentially suffer from your selfishness. Don’t let your fear hold you back from someone else’s freedom! There is someone on the other side of my dream and there is certainly someone on the other side of yours!

Thanks for reading, friends!