We had the good fortune of connecting with Delia McLinden and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Delia, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
We use the ’75 percent rule’ a lot at FarmHouse Fresh. If we have a great idea that we feel in our heart of hearts needs to be implemented or created, we do it, even if it’s only figured out 75 percent of the way. Often, if you wait to have every single detail, overthink things, or wait to make sure something is perfect, you’ll never get it off the ground. You’ll lose valuable time and momentum. So we say, ‘Get it started if you’re 75 percent of the way and then we can make adjustments and figure the rest out along the way!’ This philosophy has resulted in top-selling products, heartfelt animal rescue initiatives, new spa treatment techniques and so much more! I’ve also used this philosophy in my personal life. For example, for a long time I felt frustrated as a dog rescue volunteer that I couldn’t do more to save MORE dogs. I felt so strongly that the way to be more impactful was to place time and effort in rescue transport – transporting Texas shelter dogs to other areas of the country where they are adopted quickly. I formed a 501c3 nonprofit called Archangel Angel Network and in one year saved more than 500 death row dogs, who are now living happily ever in the Pacific Northwest!
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I am the Vice President of Sales and Co-Founder of FarmHouse Fresh, a bath, body and skincare company based in McKinney, Texas that grows fresh ingredients and crafts delicious spa products served in some of the finest spas, hotels and resorts around the world. We Grow. We Spa. We Rescue. I feel like the luckiest person in the world to be part of the formation and growth of this amazing company. I get to combine my passion for wellness products with my love of animal rescue. All wrapped up in an industry I previously never even knew existed! We’ve been in business for 16 years and I personally have learned so much along the way – just by saying ‘Ok, let’s figure this out.’ From hydroponic farming, to patching together a broken tradeshow booth with an electrical cord and duct tape, to rescuing donkeys near death, It’s been a rollercoaster ride of the best kind! Not to mention I’ve met some of the most fascinating people along the way. I’m a true believer that if you are curious, kind and set your mind on a goal, you CAN achieve whatever you want to.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
So many fantastic options! A ‘staycation’ would start with a massage (preferably a full spa day) at The Woodhouse Day Spa or The Four Seasons Dallas – Las Colinas. I’ve always wanted to try King Spa or Spa Castle, so perhaps that spa experience might be later in the week. Early dinner would be at Rise No. 1 – with the DIY cheese board, wine, marshmallow soup, vegetarian souffle and dessert souffle. The food and the ambience are magical! After dinner, we’d head back to The Four Seasons Hotel, put on comfy PJs, a face mask, and good book or movie. Lights out by 10 pm!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
As an adult, I’ve realized that the greatest gift my parents gave me was the gift of self assurance. Growing up, my parents made it their priority in life to make sure that I knew how special, loved and important to them I was. Their love and support was never conditional or related to accomplishments. They cherished me (and told me this daily) for exactly the unique person I am. My parents certainly aren’t perfect, but they gave me both ‘roots and wings’ and instilled in me that I could do anything I wanted to – with hard work, the right attitude, being grateful and being kind. I learned valuable lessons along the way because I was allowed to figure things out. I was allowed to succeed AND fail along the way. Often as parents, we want to shield our children from failure and disappointment, however the most important learning in our life’s journey is knowing that whatever life hands us, we will be able to figure it out – and will be all the better for it!
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