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by Chris Gerardi on March 27, 2018

It's amazing how things in life can come back full-circle.

It was not very long ago when I was probing my mind trying to find out what drives me and it wasn't like I had a lack of motivation - it was just the opposite.

Never would I have imagined that I would actually find something that deeply fulfills me and even brings me a sense of inspiration to help others.

I have finally realized that when I follow my passions, they end up becoming a byproduct of inspiration for others.

In dark times I was forced to find my true self - not forced with questioning others around me - but instead questioning myself and my actions.

Sometimes the greatest ideas come during the hardest of times.

It was not even one year ago when I was working at Wholefoods when just such an idea came to me.

I had previously worked for a company before Wholefoods for about 5 years and when I left that job I did not know what I was going to do, so I applied for part-time work at Wholefoods as they were just opening a brand new store in Longmont, Colorado.

Barely a month later after we opened the store, I came up with the idea for Mellivora.

There were many reasons why I had to find myself and my passion, as I have people who rely on me to push myself to be the best I can be.

When I came up with the idea I did not let go, I literally worked night and day on this company, yet I knew I wasn't going to be able to do it alone.

But then, I ended up re-connecting with two close friends in my life.

These two people are playing a pivotal role in Mellivora, and one was sadly laid off after 10 years with his company.

He is incredibly smart and calculated and is someone I grew up with and have known pretty much my entire life.

When we graduated high school I moved to Colorado and he moved to Lincoln Nebraska and then now here we are 17 years later working together with a common goal.

The other I have known for 11 years and is quite dear to me, is an exceptional human being, and her ability to learn and thrive is incredible.

I met her through another person who is also very dear to me, but that story is for another time.

Never would I have imagined that after all the years that had passed that we would all be working together.

This all just goes to show that there are things that can happen in life we cannot explain...

Oddly, it was not so long ago I was telling the ladies I worked with why they needed to try Mellivora leggings, and they would just laugh at me telling me I was "crazy".

Fast forward a year, and now the Whole Foods in Longmont carries Mellivora Leggings! Not so crazy after all!

Remember, when you follow your passions, some might think you're crazy, but don't listen to them - listen only to what your mind and heart are telling you!

Life can bring you all kinds of beautiful things - you just have to be open enough to find them!

Thank you - to all of you who support this company - we are blessed because of you.

Chris G