The story of US...
We wanted to give you a chance to know a little bit more about who we are, where we came from, and "WHAT THE HECK" we are doing. Samuel and I met in Arkansas while attending college...kinda. Samuel attended Central Baptist College in Conway, Arkansas where he played baseball (a super stud) and graduated with a degree in Marketing and Management. I (Autumn Buczek) attended the University of Arkansas where I played softball and graduated with a degree in Kinesiology: P-12 (that's a fancy way of saying that I'm a certified PE teacher).
Samuel and I got married, while in Arkansas, and stayed there until I finished up my softball career. Samuel worked for Tyson Foods and learned very quickly that Corporate America wasn't his dream. However, he learned the value and impact of one man following a God given dream. Don Tyson had a dream to build that company, and now, Tyson Foods is feeding the world and employing millions.
When I graduated from softball, I took a job as a PE teacher in Samuel's hometown of Donalsonville, GA. We moved here, to Donalsonville, in June of 2018. Now, just to be clear, this is never a move we anticipated or even really hoped for. This move was, 100%, a call by God.
During my short teaching career, I quickly realized that being a PE teacher was not my dream and I needed to be doing something else. For the first time, I really understood the importance of loving what you do for a living. I also remembered how important it is to operate in your calling and purpose.
Samuel and I began viewing the move to Donalsonville as a launch pad for something great! A dream I had, in college, of owning a coffee shop came back around and started to seem more plausible. Samuel and I started having REALISTIC conversations about the possibilities of working together (a desire we expressed early in our marriage). This little coffee shop journey was birthed at New Hope Family Worship Center, in Donalsonville, GA, in September of 2018. We were given a safe place with extremely supportive people to start growing this God given dream. During this time, I was still teaching and Samuel worked at home doing different jobs to bring in some extra money.
After our Christmas break, a letter of intent was sent out to all teachers. I was faced with a huge decision that would impact our lives greatly. Samuel and I prayed diligently for an answer and were immediately flooded with messages about GREAT FAITH! God challenged our current level of belief in Him and His plans. He challenged us to truly believe that He cares about the desires of our hearts. We knew without a doubt, that we were being called to take a leap and let go of the job security that we had. Samuel and I jumped in, with both feet, to pursue the dream of owning a coffee shop.
When we announced this move, God awakened a lot of hearts. Dreams started coming to life and peoples' faith started to really take off. This journey we are on is so much more than just making great coffee and smoothies. We are striving to help people live their best lives and experience all that God has to offer. Samuel and I are determined to live with faith that is unshakable and encourage people everywhere to LIVE BOLD.