That One Time I Jumped Off a Cliff
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="375" caption="Pondering my next move over a cocktail at Son of a Gun, Los Angeles."]
Well. It's here. Here I am! Leaving my job! Today is my last day at the job I've loved for close to five years.
I wrote about this a little while ago
, but it didn't really settle in that this was all real until yesterday, when I typed up a tidy resignation letter and emailed it off to my president and head of HR.
It feels not unlike jumping off a cliff.
I am excited. Exhilarated. Sad.
I've been incredibly lucky to have worked in a start-up here in NYC, collaborating with a team to build my current company's business from the ground up. I'm not sure I'd be taking the same leap without having worked there.
For clients/colleagues/friends who are just moseying over here today, I wanted to answer the "So, what will you be doing
?" question again.
I'm doing a few things for the next six months:
- Food and beverage writing/content creation: I'll be focusing on creating new content on a near daily basis for Mouth of the Border, as well as taking on paid freelance assignments for publication. My desire is for this site to become home base for everyone who loves ethnic food and to see what comes of nurturing this community.
- Event Strategy and Digital Media Consulting: I'm helping high net-worth consumer brands get in front of the right audiences both on and offline. My event consulting clients currently include Condé Nast's Gourmet Live group (digital media and live events), The Vendy Awards (social/digital media) and Portland Cocktail Week (event sponsorship sales). I'm also partnering with consumer brands I love as a brand ambassador, and I'll announce the first such partnership this week.
- Midnight Brunch: My supper club garnered so much attention when we launched it in February that it's worth investing some time exploring what it could turn into. (For those on the invite list, rain has put a kibosh on our June plans for an outdoor party so far.) I'm taking this show on the road to New Orleans next month, where I'll produce one during Tales of the Cocktail.
Those three areas will be my main focus over the next six months. I'll see what brings me the most joy, attracts the most revenue and has legs to carry an actual business. I've been working off of a two-year plan for Mouth of the Border, but I'm being flexible. I believe that when you open the door and clear the path for new opportunities, the right ones (and lots of them) will find you. "Leap and the net will appear,"
and all that.
I think I'm gonna need a bigger net. Are y'all ready?
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