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Two years ago, none of us would have predicted how the events of COVID would change our lives. As CEO the hardest thing is uncertainty. Realizing that your business might not survive this. We are owner operators and we do not pay ourselves because all the money goes into the business. We had to make the hardest business decision- to close our Georgia Honey Farm retail store. We believed in this business when most people did not think we would even last more than two years or were surprised that we were trying to make a living selling honey. After my health declined and with three back surgeries and a heart attack, we decided it was time for a change. I learned that pain has a purpose, not only to tell us what is wrong with our bodies, but to push us to understand, to grow, to change direction, and to live a simple life. I admit that I paid very little attention and kept myself busy working for many years. Illness and pain continued showing up until I finally began to listen. Health is Wealth. Without our health, we really have nothing. In life, you can’t please everyone, but you can educate them about your business and their health and well-being. There is nothing more important than your health.

Since we were always working and never took any vacations, we decided to do a road trip. We were scared and excited but kept driving…. We didn’t know where the heck we would end up…. I remember Carrie Underwood song playing “Jesus Take the Wheel.”

Jesus, take the wheel
Take it from my hands
Cause I can’t do this on my own
I’m letting go…

While Georgia is always on my mind, I always have a special place in my heart for Texas. Since my wife is from Amarillo, TX- we FINALLY decided that we will settle in TX and call it our new HOME and be closer to family. I have lived in Georgia for more than 40 years and starting ALL over was hard.

Launching of Sweet Journey Honey Farm…

Sweet Journey Honey Farm was born during our travels and meeting beekeepers along the way. We partner with the best beekeepers that share the same values as we do and showcase their honeys.

First, Kat and I have often been on a journey that is more about faith than it is about certainty. Over and over, we have been called to step out not knowing what the future holds. We have faith in God and knew one day when it’s His time, He will open the door and we will go back to doing what we love- honey and bees. Second, our families mean the world to us. With the help of our family, this time around we will make sure we have the proper work-life balance. We can learn many things from observing honeybees and applying their behavior to our own lives. Life has a journey for each one of us. There have been some ups and downs along the way, but our bees have always reminded us to keep working hard, don’t give up and “BEE-LIEVE” in your journey. Even when there are dark days, “BEE-LIEVE” that there is always light ahead. Another AMAZING lesson from our bees: You’ll never find a bee saying, “Oh, I’d like to get some nectar, but that flower has too many thorns!” The bees look right past the thorns and go straight to the flower. Being positive also helps bees stay persistent when looking for nectar. Sometimes they must travel for miles to find a flower full of nectar. We wanted the great state of Texas to know who we are and that we are here. We gave out samples, emailed and called local shops, supermarkets, and buyers of big box companies. Some were too busy to talk to us, some weren’t interested to hear about our company, some probably thought we are “crazy” and “annoying.” With every rejection, I am reminded how our bees also must deal with people “shooing” them away from their gardens. They’re focused on their mission of gathering sweet nectar, not the obstacles that stand in their way. But just like our bees we always come back- stronger and more determined.

We will always go after that which is positive and to “BEE” kind to everyone. In life, you can’t please everyone, or you will lose yourself. The best route is to stay humble and stay true to yourself. “BEE” courageous. “BEE” grateful for all the lessons. As always, we will continue to move forward, and bring you the best quality honey money can buy under our new name of Sweet Journey Honey Farm.

Thank you for reading our story!

Alex & Kat Pakdaman

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