Pate stays very active, even when she isn’t working.
“I’ve always been a traveler, and I’ve always enjoyed exploring new cities, states and countries,” she said. “One thing about traveling is finding those local spots where it may not always be on the tourist path but where you are supporting local business owners. I also enjoy being active, and so you may find me running or cycling in the neighborhoods around the store in the early mornings. Farming has become a hobby in the last few years after my grandfather passed away. We have some beef cattle and miniature cows that my family and I raise together.”
Think you’d like to start up your own small business? Pate has some words of wisdom for you.
“My advice for any other young people wanting to start their own business is to set a goal and make a plan,” she said, “and be adaptable. Sometimes your plans may change or take longer then you originally thought. But it will still happen if you stay focused. Pray. You’ll need lots of prayer. If God is in it, it will happen in His time. Have a great support system. This is truly what will help you stay focused: family support. Not everyone has this. But if you do, it is an amazing thing, when everyone can jump in and pitch in to make things happen. I also have a great group of friends that have supported me throughout this process, from those who made encouraging phone calls to the ones who assisted in the work we did to switch over to the new store.”
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