CJ McDonald, Under the Stars Lavender Farm, Gloucester, Pivoting to grow an amazing business!
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Under the Stars Farm was born out of the desire to bridge a gap, find a solution and create an experience for others. I had been traveling 180k miles a year for my corporate job. My relationships at home were okay, but strained. I was ready to start a new career and instead God called me to focus on my family.
After spending 18 months planning my retirement from a 22 year career in Corporate America, we transplanted to Virginia because a surgeon made a life altering mistake that took the use of my husband’s right dominant hand. My husband and I flew around the United States in search of a doctor who could repair the damage. After 12 months, 4 surgeries and a move cross country, my prayers changed. Instead of strictly praying for Billy’s hand to heal, I prayed for peace in our situation and circumstances. As my prayers changed, God bridged the gap between our circumstance and my childhood dream.
My parents taught me at a young age to use my God given talents and to bless others in ways only I could. Our mission here at Under the Stars Farm is to utilize the blessing of this farm and the surrounding land by providing a place were we can help others create moments & memories that last a lifetime.
As a little girl, I wanted nothing more than to live on a farm surrounded by animals, and the people I love. I dreamed of a home where our land could support our family, and serve the community. The unforeseen changes in our family led us to a Gloucester, Virginia. This farmhouse built 1842 is where we now call home.
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