We had the good fortune of connecting with Deb Cantrell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Deb, Let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?
I have a personal set of core values that I established after a few of my companies were running me and almost destroyed my health and relationships.
I realized that we have core values that we ask our employees to abide by, but we don’t have them for ourselves.
I am a driven person and used to stop at nothing to accomplish a goal and because of that, I need boundaries and core principals. One of those personal core values is “No amount of success in business will ever compensate for failure in the home.”
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Savor is a culinary medicine business that creates personalized prepared meals and catering for people that truly believe food is medicine.
I am so excited that because of Savor so many people have been able to really enjoy food, heal and live life again when they gave up hope.
The past 18 years of being in business has certainly been full of blessings, challenges, tears of joy, and tears of sadness. Sometimes this occurred all in the same day.
I have some amazing business coaches along the way that helped me to understand a bigger picture and help me to get out of my own way.
Savor was created because my son was diagnosed with high functioning autism, severe ADHD and a list of other things. I was told he would never learn to walk in a straight line or tie his own shoe much less go to a regular school. I was out to prove them all wrong, and I did.
In High School, he started on his football team, is now happily married, and is serving in the army. All we changed was his food. That is it. Savor was created because of him.
I knew there had to be other families who needed to know what food could truly do in the body.
I have learned along the way that stress is a choice and I am over things being “hard” in business. I have learned to listen to my “gut” truly. If you are willing to listen, then your business will tell you everything you need to know about how to grow it.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
In Fort Worth, the Stockyards area, especially with its revival of new restaurants and hotels.
The magnolia area in Fort Worth with its great bars and restaurants is a must.
There are so many great restaurants in Fort Worth that can’t be missed, including Waters for seafood, Bonnell’s and the Lonesome Dove for Texas Cuisine, Tini’s for great Mexican, Tokyo Cafe for amazing ramen, B and B Butchers for steak, Cane Rosso for pizza, Wishbone and Flynt for the PB and J wings, and Piatello for Italian.
Coyote Drive-in brings back so many memories. Then there is seeing a Ranger’s or a Cowboy’s game and even Six Flags. There are too many to name.
In Dallas, the Deep Ellum area for scenery, bars and food. The Dallas World Aquarium is so much fun. Can’t miss the Milk and Honey Spa either.
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?
There are so many people that deserve credit for getting me here. First of all, my husband, Don has been my unwavering fan. He has encouraged me every step of the way and would not allow me to walk away at times when I really wanted to. He has been my voice of reason and my biggest cheerleader.
My marketing director, Candice has been the best thing that has ever happened in all my business. Who she is as a person, has taught me so much about grace and patience. She is exactly who I need in all my businesses. She asks A LOT of questions and is very detailed. I am the total opposite and love to jump in and figure it out. Her business mind astounds me every day. I could never show her enough gratitude.
Last but not least, my culinary business coaching clients in my other company, have taught me so much. I have learned what a truly supportive community looks like and it is an honor to simply be on their business growth path with them.
The best books I ever read in business and reread every year (literally) is The Big Leap and Think and Grow Rich.
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