It’s hard to believe that today is March 1, 2011.
This time two years ago, I was still in college, dreaming of Paris and worrying about winter quarter finals. The most stressful thing in my life (and definitely no small stress) was that I would not find a full-time job with a public relations firm by the time I graduated.
This time one year ago, I was sitting in a Borders bookstore on Michigan Avenue (may it rest in peace) with Jill, marking our first day as business partners. Our last days at stable, full-time jobs (the very same kind of job I had so desperately agonized over in 2009) had been the previous Friday, and there we were, clicking publish on our new blog, Pursuing Our Passion, to kick start the journey into owning a business.
Today, we celebrate an entire year of ups and downs, successes and failures and, most importantly, discovering that it is possible to take a leap and land safely on the other side. To grow a profitable business and learn what it means to become your own boss.
Cheers to POP! Social Media. Our business is our “baby,” and we’ve truly loved watching it grow.
Late last week, Jill and I celebrated our “quitiversary” over lunch at Grand Lux Cafe.
We shared a few of the small plates on their lunch menu. First up was the Warm Goat Cheese Salad, made with crispy goat cheese, baby greens, fresh apple and a touch of honey. The last three components brought an incredible freshness, while the goat cheese essentially melted in our mouths.
Next, we chose Mini Tacos, which consisted of warm corn tortillas with chicken, avocado and chipotle sauces, cheese and tomato salsa. These were slightly hard to maneuver because the sauces made the tortillas a bit on the soggy side, but the flavor still packed a punch.
Our final small plate was a mini pizza called Fresh Spinach and Burrata, which was topped with creamy burrata cheese, spinach, garlic and organic heirloom cherry tomatoes.
We were huge fans of the small plate idea. The bill was cheaper, we had just enough to eat and we were able to try a variety of dishes. All good reasons to make a return trip sometime soon!
It was a great chance to get together and reflect on a whirlwind year. We are sure things will be just as crazy in 2011. After all, we are in the process of building our second company, DreamChamps.
I leave you with a quote from Leigh Standley, creator of Curly Girl Design. My mom sent me one of her lightbox quotes last year as I prepared to dive head first into the unknown world of business ownership. Leigh is an inspirational female entrepreneur, with dozens of amazing quotes for every aspect of life on her website. This is one of my very favorites.
“She packed up her potential and all she had learned, grabbed a cute pair of shoes and headed out to change a few things.”
I’m off to buy another new pair of shoes. Who wants to join me?