In honor of Nashville Entrepreneur Week, I’ve often been asked why I left the last company I started to create something new. The main reason – to once again be passionate about what I love - helping companies grow. Either by mentoring an individual with an idea to help launch their business or by advising seasoned entrepreneurs through empowering them through my past experiences to help them get to what’s next. I am a creative, forward thinking, strategic person. My role had become rigid, black and white and very historical thinking. I knew that I needed a change. As scary as it was, I knew I needed to get back to being me and realign my priorities in life. So, I took the step. I did it, and I was all in.
I have often been asked why I didn’t launch something new before I left. Now that really wouldn’t have been me. There is no way I could have given 110% to my current company and my new company, so I jumped. Then I spent time thinking and renewing my focus on my priorities in life, especially my family. I felt free and so much like me again. It was the first time in 11 years my kids weren’t going to school or camp from 7am-6pm. Leaving what was so familiar and secure and jumping into the unknown was scary yet freeing. I didn’t know what was next, but I knew that I wanted to start another venture and I was ready for my next challenge. My entrepreneurial spirit was once again sparked. At this point, a good friend encouraged me to not focus as much on the destination, but “Enjoy the Journey” along the way. I am thankfully reminded of this with the bracelet she gave me with this theme etched on the top. To this day, I find comfort in wearing it when I feel lost in my path.
So, started my next journey, not quite certain where the path would take me, but I knew I was ready. My passion to help others start and grow their own companies and begin their own journey to what’s next for them and help make their dreams a reality is extremely fulfilling. Now in the fourth year, BluePrint Strategy continues to grow and pivot as we refine our vision. I am thankful that I am now able to help others be who they want to be.
I am also thankful that I was able to continue with my second passion/hobby of real estate and able to create something that supported both my needs, my hobby and help others start/grow their companies. Three years ago, I created Collaborate | an entrepreneurial community and co-work space to help small businesses get started. Many people come through the door just starting out. We create the community for them to be able to have access to the resources needed to grow a business. I’m a firm believer in elevating everyone to their highest potential: all tides rise together and helping those that come behind you elevate to success is extremely gratifying.
So what’s next for you? Find your passion and create your journey. If you need help along the way, please feel free to stop by Collaborate for Office Hours or reach out to schedule a coffee. Just remember, “Be what you want, but always be you.”