I am really proud of my work over the last 2,5 years and especially lately. Creating a physical space for people to come together to make real connections is just something really rewarding. Seeing how friendships are made, things happen because someone shares an idea, gets feedback and then feels inspired to do it. It's so fortunate to live in a time where individuals have the opportunity to come together and work together that way.
Frustrated and isolated by working from home I always felt I am missing out on life and all the fun. I didn't want to add the stress of a regular, paid office job to my hectic but great life - still balancing small kids and work - so I preferred working on my own projects from home on my on schedule. Just real connections were missing. I always had great colleagues that I did fun stuff with and then I was home alone (besides the kids) no one seemed to care about what I do all day. I felt desperate enough that I almost took a job just to improve my social life.
Then I came across 'Coworking' and was intrigued. I went to a brown lunch meeting at 'The HUB' and thought how cool would that be to join this space and get my work done, just without the commute and parking and paying more then I make. After some thinking I came up with a 'Coworking +Childcare' idea that I entered in a business competition with a social change focus (SVP). My idea didn't make the cut to advance in the competition, but at a workshop someone connected me with Jessie, another Coworking space owner and she connected me with Stefan, my current business partner.
We met, synced ideas, started looking at spaces and setting up Coworking meetups in coffee shops. It was really exciting to see our vision come to life. We found a group of fun people to start our space and a couple month later we moved in. My life is so much richer and balanced and I feel so empowered and confident just from having my work community. It has impacted my life in so many ways already and I haven't had one single day when I regretted I started this venture.
Optimistic, curious, human bee.