Each August we are overcome with gratitude as we celebrate another year as entrepreneurs. What started as a “what if” over coffee and changing diapers has grown into something we are proud to call our careers.
In four years, we have worked on over 30 events and helped clients raise over $1 million - and it feels great!
As we reminisce about the clients we’ve worked with, the events we’ve been a part of and the stories shared from grateful recipients, we know we made the right decision to leave our “safe, reliable” jobs behind and take the leap towards a more fulfilling life. This choice – as scary as it was – has made us better fundraisers and event professionals. We are more focused, we get to be more creative and we get to collaborate with brilliant people who do great things for our society.
Each year around this time we take time with our families to reconnect and time with each other to reflect on the past year – the ups, downs, learning and plain old “I can’t believe that happened to us” stories (because there are many!). In the past year, we have helped a client launch a brand-new event, seen more than a few clients have “ah ha” moments in front of our eyes, been sad to see some clients move on and have been excited for new ones. We’ve moved harvest tables, a canoe, relaunched our website and hosted our first ever webinar with Jenny Mitchell.
This year we have talked a lot with our clients about the importance of evaluating the success of their events and fundraising programs, while taking manageable steps to make changes. This was a big learning for us in our first four years. Making sure we take the time to work on our business instead of working in our business. Sometimes it seems easier to do everything yourself, the way you’ve always done and maybe even the frugal way; but we have learned in order to give our business and our clients the best of what we’ve got to offer we must bring in other experts to support our team.
So, as we celebrate four years of amazing event experiences, fun and appreciative clients, fundraising goals achieved, risks taken and a more balanced life, we would like to thank those who have helped challenge us to do more, evaluated our processes and have just been amazing supports as we navigate this crazy and amazing world of entrepreneurship.
Layne - The Auctionista and our most cherished collaborator and friend, Paras Mehta, design guru from Paras Events, Mike Agard, amazing AV partner with BB Blanc, Jackie Fox and Alanna Memme our go-to gals during our website and relaunch planning, Julia Tompkins our graphic design gem, Susan Watkins our book-keeper and financial planner, and Shelagh Cummins our business coach who pushes and inspires us each day. We couldn’t do what we do for our clients without this amazing team alongside us.
And of course, our amazing, supportive, along-for-the-ride families who do everything from help us set up events, run errands, feed us, love us and motivate us to keep on doing what we are doing. Thank you.
We look forward to the year ahead, which will be filled with new milestones, new clients and lots more fun!
Happy Birthday to us this August 13th – we will be raising a glass and hope you will too!