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Notes from Me

Updated: Sep 8, 2019

French Vanilla Latte´

Last night, I met up with my Mom, step dad and their friends after dinner in Manhattan to drive back home to Long Island. I remembered their friends from growing up, because the husband David owned a few Dunkin Donuts and I always thought that was cool. On the way to meet them, in my uncomfortably warm and quiet Uber pool, I took notice of all the small shops I passed. Restaurants and stores that were the size of a closet. Places that people put their blood sweat and tears into, just to get a tiny space on a main avenue in Manhattan. I took note of the several Dunkin Donuts we passed in just 20 blocks as well. It’s crazy to think that before Dunkin Donuts was a household name, it was something small that someone created. Just like some of the Mom & Pop establishments neighboring Dunkin Donuts now. 

I got to talking with David, and realized that I didn’t know how he ended up with 8 of his own Dunkins. Long story short, after law school, he realized that he hated the actual practice of law. A unique opportunity came up to buy into Dunkin Donuts and he seized it. He saw the potential. Today, he has sold 5 out of the 8 stores he originally owned and is working on selling the rest. David told me that life takes twists and turns, and you never know how things are going to end up. While he was stressing through law school, he never thought he’d end up franchising his own stores. This is why, he says, it’s important to roll with the punches and not freak out about what’s going to happen years down the line. It was refreshing to hear this and it reminded me to *attempt* not to stress. Each conversation like this solidifies the reason that I started Behind the Olive Tree.

Speaking with David about his journey reminded me of how many memories I have, and I’m sure a lot of you have, of Dunkin Donuts. It’s the first place I began drinking coffee - if you count a “medium french vanilla latte´ light and sweet.” David told me that a lot of his stores were right near schools, so he got to see people grow up through their coffee orders. This notion warmed my heart and brought some humanity back to the Dunkin name, because I never considered it from the other side.

If you’re interested in the history of Dunkin, it was started by a man named William Rosenberg in the late 1940s. Rosenberg sold food from catering vehicles in Boston and realized that most of his profit came from coffee & donuts. Knowing this, in 1948 he opened the doors to “Open Kettle,” which was later renamed Dunkin Donuts. Today, there are over 500 Dunkin Donuts across the five boroughs alone. This is another reminder that something small can turn into something huge, without any intention to originally do so.

I didn't intend on making this website as personal as the following will be, but I've decided to go for it.

It's been about a month since I put out my second profile. It has also been about a month of me saying "I should probably start writing that third profile now." The best part, is that I already did two interviews since my second post. I just haven't written them. It's been about a month since my last post, and I've been beating myself up about it ever since.

I want to be as transparent as possible throughout this stage in my life, which is why I created this website. I wanted to show that every post grad, or human in general, is struggling in similar ways to me.

This "passion project" quickly went from excitement to dread. Recently, I've checked myself and realized that I shouldn't feel this way. I shouldn't be stressing about meeting a certain deadline. A deadline I've literally created in my head.

I guess what I am trying to say, is that life gets in the way and that's okay. As long as you can snap out of it and remind yourself why you are doing something in the first place, that is all that matters. If you've ever felt this way about something, my advice would be to remove yourself from the stress and what you *think* you should be doing. Anyway, new post coming soon...