We had the good fortune of connecting with Lavonne Cimbak and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lavonne, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
“You don’t have to know where the road is going to end, you just have to have to be willing to take your next step.” Lisa Nichols When you start your own business there are so many doubts and uncertainties, you really have no idea if you will be successful or if you will book any clients. Taking the first step into the unknown was paramount for me and I never knew what that step would bring. Life is full of little tidbits of information to lead you in the right direction, sometimes it may be a wrong left or right but you will always find that just taking that step will lead you to new possibilities. Eventually you will realize those wrong turns guided you to the right spot at the right moment.
What should our readers know about your business?
It’s hard to say what category my business falls under, it is a business but I consider more on the creative side is in catering and events. One day or event is never the same and you constantly have to adjust and become more creative than the last event. On the creative side, I am constantly researching and learning new trends or new menu items. My menus are never the same for any catering event and that is something that I pride myself on. Customize means customize, no cookie-cutter menus or items here and that definitely can set you apart from any competition. I started with a background in Marketing and Business and just fell into Catering so having the marketing creative brain has helped me from day one. There is so much more that goes into a day to day with this type of business that people don’t see, it is so much more than what the few hours of the event ends up being and that is the beauty of it. It is kind of like a puzzle that needs to be solved in the best way possible, it keeps you on your toes. Catering and events are not easy and it is not for anyone who enjoys being comfortable with a 9 to 5. The hours and days are always different and can be extremely exhausting but even more gratifying to see the end product. You get to meet so many wonderful clients through it all and it gives such a sense of gratitude to be a part of their special occasions. With any business it is just taking the next step each and every day, not staying stuck in one mindset. Getting past fears and negative self-talk, believing in yourself, and remembering why you started in the first place. Covid tested all of that, so many businesses are having to adapt and pivot pretty much overnight. That was a huge challenge but one that we stepped up to and as we are still adapting the fear is pushed back and the determination keeps winning each and every day.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I no longer reside in San Diego, now my husband, and I live in the PNW on The Northern Oregon Coast near a small town called Astoria. The little beach towns along the Oregon Coast have so much beauty that is unparalleled to any place I have been before. A day driving down the coast through Seaside, Cannon Beach then down to Manzanita is a must. There are beautiful spots to pull over and go for walks along the beach and many cute little shops to wonder around in. Down in Manzanita my favorite spot on a sunny day with an ocean view would be The Winery at Manzanita. Another day could be exploring in and around Astoria, driving up to The Column with a view over looking the mouth of The Columbia River. The views are expansive and spectacular on sunny days or for a sunrise or sunset. Finish off the day by lunch at Astoria Brewing or Buoy and then enjoy a glass of wine at Brut Wine Bar. We live very close to Fort Stevens State Park and can bike ride for miles from our back door through the park on any given day. This is by far one of the best parts of living in this area, the river, ocean and a lake are just a bike ride or walk away and are beautiful rain or shine. Drive across the Astoria Megler Bridge to a small town called Long Beach and there is a bike path right along the ocean and dunes. This is a must and so amazing, you won’t see this along most beaches and coasts anywhere else. After your bike ride make the trek back over to High Life Adventures for some of the best homemade chili and beer bread you will ever taste. Believe me, it is a must in this area!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Where to begin, there have been so many people over the last four years that have helped me in countless ways. I would recognize my husband, Justin first and foremost. Without him pushing me to do what I wanted to do and be happy doing it I would have never started my own business. Second, I would give huge credit to my brother Cameron, who is in the Life Coach arena. Throughout the years, before I became more aware of my actions and thoughts he was a true role model, always supported me, and has been there for encouragement every step of the way. Third, I would give a wholehearted shout out to Sean Croxton, he has a Quote of the Day Podcast, a Mastermind group that I have been a part of for over 1.5 years, and a book club that I have been a part of for over a year. The readings, teachings, and quotes have changed my life for the better and have helped me in taking big leaps over the past year personally and professionally. It has taught me gratitude, patience, acceptance and the community makes you stronger. Fourth, my mom. Every big win she is one of the first people that I call to celebrate and also one of the first people that I call to vent or shed a tear. But you can’t forget all of the countless clients that have trusted me over the past four years, without them this all wouldn’t be possible!
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