We had the good fortune of connecting with Christy Scott and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christy, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
This sounds cliché but I knew I wanted to start my own business after waking up one morning and feeling sick and tired of how fast time was flying by without being able to do anything about it. The last few years I keep thinking, and I know so many people can relate, “WHERE did that entire month go?!” So I wanted to do something about it. My goal in creating The Gathering Basket was to provide more moments for people to enjoy, and to make more memories! Whether it’s gathering with friends for a picnic or brunch, having a special date night or enjoying some R&R with an at-home spa day, I hope to give people a convenient and special way to create more moments in their lives.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
EVERYTHING. I have been a working professional in Los Angeles since graduating from the University of Texas in 2012, and I didn’t start my own business until this year! I have a full-time job in a very demanding and fast-paced industry so creating my own business on top of that during my personal time has been very challenging. I know a lot of people that have side hustles and entrepreneurs that started their full businesses as side hustles, so I hope readers can relate to my story. For anyone that is looking to start their own business, my biggest advice is to make sure it is one of your greatest passions in the world, because it will take ALL of your time. You better love it! I am passionate about The Gathering Basket brand because it is rooted in this – the understanding that we live in a world where we work very hard for our careers and to make a living, but the key is balancing that with making memories and enjoying more moments in our lives.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If we have a whole week – we are doing a LOT! I love creating trip itineraries when friends come to visit. They always look at our plans and mentally begin planning their nap for the plane ride home. Ha! If we have a full week we’re doing a mix of LA and surrounding close-drive spots. In Los Angeles we’ll first and foremost go to the beach. Venice is great because of the proximity to fun bars and restaurants, or Malibu for a more private beach outing after lunch at Broad Street Oyster Co (one of my favorite spots). I also love taking friends out for a brewery day in DTLA, on a hike in the Santa Monica mountains and to the Brentwood Farmers Market on Sunday. Once we’re ready to leave LA for a night or two we’ll head to either Los Alamos for a quick wine tasting getaway or Laguna Beach for some more beach time.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Cheese alert – shoutout to my friends and family! Not only are they incredibly supportive of my passions and my, ahem, *overly enthusiastic* obsession with picnics, they are also the reason I wanted to start The Gathering Basket. Making memories with them is the reason I wish we all had more time in the day and more weeks in the year. Gathering with them brings me the greatest joy!