We had the good fortune of connecting with John & Rachel Cavanaugh and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi John & Rachel, how has your pespective on work-life balance evolved over time?
Unlike your typical 9-5 job, being small business owners means wearing all kinds of hats and switching them out all day every day. When we first started out, due to limited resources and product demand, we were the CEOs, the accountants, the project managers, and the builders. All on top of being married, having our own children, and fostering precious kiddos. It was pretty wild at times. Being the creator of your company, “baby”, you’ll always have a specific vision/idealistic idea of how company should run. For us this can be difficult process because we want to protect the brand and make sure it maintains the highest level of quality for our clients, but we also know the only way for growth is to add people to help. While no one is going to have quite the same level of passion for your company as you do, it’s still possible to find people who value working hard with great quality. Thankfully, as our business demands grew and resources became available, we’ve been blessed to bring on some incredible folks to help scale our company. We’ve learned that finding these people is key to being successful. Setting healthy boundaries has also played a huge role in maintaining our personal growth. We’ve learned that while some tasks are time-sensitive, there is always more work to be done. Knowing this, we’ve had to make a conscious effort to focus on our health. Our schedule can look wonky compared to most, but consistently asking each other ‘do you feel balanced’ has been key in maintaining our work/life juggle. Whether it means waking up an hour early to have a quiet time, taking a random day off, going on a walk, hiring an awesome business coach/therapist (shout out to Mike!) or basic boundaries like taking Sundays off, and putting technology away during meals. In our personal experience, you have to learn what helps you feel charged up, because if you aren’t healthy, your business won’t be either.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
We’re a husband and wife duo based in Flower Mound, Texas. Together we’re specialize in designer barn doors, built-ins, and custom handcrafted furniture. To be honest, we kind of fell into the industry, after our first daughter was born premature at 29 weeks. We began building furniture to help cover hospital/NICU bills, and before we knew it, we quit our day jobs and began building full time. Today, we’re grateful to do what we love for a great cause. 10% of all profit here at Cavie & Co. supports two orphanages in India as our incredible non-profit partners work tirelessly to rescue little ones out of child slavery.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Some of our favorites include: Marty B’s, Novel Coffee Flower Mound, Heritage Park, TopGolf, and Emporium Pies.
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?
Shout out to our amazing parents who have always supported and encouraged us throughout this wild ride.
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