If you’ve been feeling bad about how lazy you’re getting lately, this news story is not going to help. A 9 year old girl from Austin, Texas just landed a US$1 million dollar contract with Whole Food’s grocery stores across the U.S. Not only this, but the child entrepreneur has created her very own lemonade business using an old recipe and some new inspiration. After getting stung by a bee, twice, 9 year old Mikaila developed a fascination with the sometimes annoying little creatures. Her great grandmother had just sent her a 70 year old flaxseed lemonade recipe which she really wanted to try and make. Taking inspiration from bees and their delicious honey, she created her own twist on the lemonade and Bee Sweet Lemonade was born.
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Now, the little girl is 11 and is leading workshops and other helpful classes to inspire other kids to get up and create something of their very own. If you haven’t picked up on it already, Mikaila is heading on to be a very successful girl with has large dreams for her now established lemonade company.
The lemonade comes in 4 different flavors: Mint, Ginger, Tea and Prickly Pear, all leaving customers coming back for more. Not only is her company booming, but a portion of everything she makes goes to help save honey bees, vital members of the ecosystem. All ingredients, including honey and mint, are locally sourced helping out small businesses in the area. There really isn’t much not to like about Bee Sweet Lemonade which you can order off of their website here.
Creating a lemonade empire all focused on saving the bees probably isn’t what Mikaila’s parents thought she would be doing at such a young age, but they are certainly proud. Her first sting was at the age of 4, and her homemade lemonade was created shortly thereafter. Working with her parents she slowly grew her recipe and company, even going on to make a deal with millionaire Daymond John on the hit TV show, Shark Tank.
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We all need to learn a big lesson from little Mikaila Ulmer — you’re never too old to get out there and create something of our own. As adults we worry about failure, something that isn’t present when we’re children. Imagine how different the world would be if we all chased our dreams and weren’t afraid of failing, get out there and start living.