What's In a Name

Posted by Alicia White on

Since opening The Ceramic Pig, I have had a ton of people ask “where did the name come from?” So today I want to share with you all the story behind the name and a little insight as to what got me here!

So, the idea for The Ceramic Pig came to me when I was at a crossroads in my life. I was not passionate about the career I was in and knew I needed a new purpose. I was on vacation and asked GOD to point me in the direction he knew I was destined to be on. I kept waiting to see a sign but nothing happened. On one of the last days of our vacay, my mom and I were shopping, and I came across an adorable ceramic pig bowl that I was obsessed with. I looked at the price and holy crap, this little pig bowl was $98! Can you believe it? $98!!! For a mass produced white ceramic pig bowl that could only hold 3-4 lemons. TO THIS DAY it still baffles me that it was so expensive. I am going to end my rant about the overly priced pig bowl here. On the way back to our rental, my mind couldn’t let go of why this bowl was so expensive and if I owned my own store I would make sure to provide affordable items that are beautiful and functional. For the next few months, I could not get this idea off my mind. It kept picking at me until BAMMMM, I knew that was the idea GOD had given me.

Fast forward four years (YES FOUR YEARS!! It has taken me that long to get to this point) and I am living the dream that existed in my mind for so long. During the 1,460 day journey, I was doing extensive research, writing a business plan (a yawn/hair pulling task but an essential step), getting cold feet and losing my drive, having a baby, and finally getting serious and just going for it! It has been an experience that was well worth the wait.I want to share this rollercoaster of a ride with you all for a few reasons: 1. Sharing is caring 2. Maybe someone out there is thinking of starting a business and wants to hear someone else’s story 3. It feels good to reflect on this wild ride.

So if you have been toying with an idea of yours, wether it be starting a business, taking steps to become a healthier you, or making a life altering decision, my advice is to go for it! You never want to live with the “what if’s.” I watched the Netflix special “Brené Brown: The Call to Courage” before I opened my store and it was life changing (if you have not seen it stop what you are doing and go watch it now). One of the topics she discussed that hit home with me was why you should take the chance. She details a story about her daughter and a swim meet. The synopsis is her daughter was going to be racing in a swim meet and she knew she wasn’t going to win. Her daughter had two options; forfeit the race or race and loose. Her daughter decided to take the chance and race. She lost miserably but was proud of herself for coming off the blocks and competing. She left the meet knowing she did her best and did not have a “what if” in the back of her mind. I have the saying “come off the blocks” written down on a sticky note on my desk. It reminds me of what I have accomplished, how far I have to go, and to always take the chance. It is the constant reminder to try even though you might fail. Because if you don’t try you do not have the opportunity to succeed.

The Ceramic Pig has been open one month and it has been one of the greatest and most exhausting journeys to date. With all this said, I am so happy I came off the blocks and cannot wait to see what the future holds. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being a part of this dream of mine.

Meaning behind the ceramic pig

My husband and I on the vacation where the inspiration for The Ceramic Pig came from. 

the ceramic pig

Our beautiful logo which my friend Whitney created! So grateful for her talents because my idea looked like a logo for a bacon company. 

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