Disclaimer: Text-heavy post ahead I may be biased, but I hope the content is worth reading! At the very least, you’ll finish this post thinking I’m a little nutty. But in a good way!
First of all, I am gushing over the fact that our photographer has posted a sampling of our engagement pictures on her blog! Check them out here: Jenn & Bobby.
Just to give you a sample of what you can expect — we’re a bit silly 😉
I’m in love with them. I can’t wait to see more!
As excited as I am about our engagement photos, I have to admit — that’s not my biggest news!
This story really starts back in July 2009, but I’ll try to keep it short and sweet (ha – you know how good I am at that!) so that you don’t get lost in a sea of paragraphs
As you may recall, back in July I started my post-graduate life as an intern at a public relations agency in Chicago. I was fortunate enough to meet a lot of amazing people right away, which led to the equally amazing chance to attend the BlogHer conference just a few weeks in. I felt so lucky!
I had an amazing time at the conference, meeting up with bloggers I knew already and getting to know new bloggers that I still keep in touch with now. I also had the chance to talk more with one of my fellow interns, Jill, who had started the same day as I did. We even snapped a photo:
Jill and I — her name is in pink because, well, look at her cute shoes! — experienced a lot together the next few months. We both had invaluable internship opportunities and learned so much in such a short time. We were both overwhelmingly excited to be hired on full-time and transitioned to Assistant Account Executives on the same day in September. I still remember an email exchange we had during that first week. I don’t know the exact phrasing but it went something like this:
- Me: It’s all happening so fast! It’s hard to believe, but I’m happy to have you!
- Jill: Same here! We’re in this together. I’m so excited to start this journey!
We were both ready to enter the real world with a well-respected, awesome company.
Over the next few months, we continued to grow and learn and experience. There was so much to do, so much to try and so much to accomplish. Through it all, we always had each other and continued to bounce ideas off one another, as both co-workers and friends. Jill was/is an entrepreneurial spirit, full of “big ideas” and spark. I loved the big ideas and thought about them in the way that I knew best, focusing on the “details” that could make those ideas become a reality.
Long story short, Jill and I have realized that what we like best and what we want our career goals to be are very heavily aligned. In our current positions, we’ve been handling social media — Twitter, Facebook, blogging, etc. — for consumer clients. Combine that with my love of food blogging and it’s not hard to guess that I am a firm believer in the power of social media in connecting brands and businesses with consumers on a more authentic and engaging level that benefits everyone.
And so…my co-worker, confidante, good friend [who I now call my professional soulmate] and I are starting a business together.
Yes…A BUSINESS!! TOGETHER!!
After months of significant thought and planning, Jill and I have decided to offer our knowledge and skill set to small businesses who are interested in becoming more active in the digital space. We plan to educate them on social media, offer to implement social media strategy on their behalf and plan events such as “tweetups” and Twitter parties to further engage with their target audience.
We will engage with core consumers on social media channels, working with our clients to create something that aligns with their brand messaging and encourages the authentic, transparent relationship building that social media can accomplish.
You know I could go on and on 😉 We are working hard on the details right now and also plan to launch a blog — of course! — documenting our experience. More to come on that starting March 1!!
Jill and I welcome any thoughts and opinions you have on our entrepreneurial endeavor. All of you mean so much to me and I look forward to talking much more about it as we begin the process.
Remember how this story began with a trip to BlogHer? Now it’s time to come full circle.
Jill and I have entered ourselves as panelists for the “Room of Your Own” sessions — specifically in the Passions category — at BlogHer this year! I know you’ve done a lot of voting on my behalf recently thanks to Crate & Barrel, but it would mean the WORLD to us if you would vote on our behalf here. If you are interested in our session and hearing more about what we have to say, here’s what to do:
- Log onto your BlogHer account (or, if you don’t have one, register if you’d like to become a part of the community): http://www.blogher.com/user/register
- After you’re logged in, visit this link: http://www.blogher.com/gen-y-passionistas-leaving-9-5-start-business-you-love
- Once on the page, you’ll see a line that says “I would attend this session” — please click that! Once you do, it should then change to say “I would not attend this session” — this means you’ve voted, so you’re done!
It would mean so much to us if we could have your vote. As many of you know, BlogHer is one of the most well-respected social media communities for women. To be able to speak there would be a dream come true both personally and professionally.
Let’s chat — I’m sure there’s a lot to talk about What are you thinking right now?!
I told you it was crazy! Crazy awesome More to come!