That One Time I Jumped Off a Cliff

by Emily on June 15, 2011 · 23 comments

in Miscellaneous

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="375" caption="Pondering my next move over a cocktail at Son of a Gun, Los Angeles."]Pondering my next move over a cocktail at Son of a Gun, Los Angeles.[/caption] 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:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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? *** As always, please feel free to chat with me on Twitter, join our group on Facebook and keep up with new posts here by subscribing.


  • Lia Moran

    Get it, girl.

    • emilyspearl

      Hi Lia — thank you!

  • Philip Barron

    “Leap and the net will appear.” Thank you for that; will keep it in mind. Good luck to you!

    • emilyspearl

      Thank you for your note. Yes, it’s sort of a mantra.

  • Devin A. Brown

    You’ve got all of our hands to lash a net for ya– We got you–

    • emilyspearl

      Thank you Devin! I know you all do.

  • Melissa Rodriguez

    Everything will work out perfectly, because you have all the things necessary to attain anything you desire. I am super excited for you, I will be rooting for you every step of the way. Congratulations and God bless!

    • emilyspearl

      Thank you so much, Melissa! You’ve been there almost since the beginning!

  • Jennifer Iannolo

    I am so excited for you! Just take that deep breath and put on your big girl pants, and you are going to create something amazing here!
    Love and kisses,

    • emilyspearl

      Love you, Jennifer!

  • Anonymous

    So happy for you, Emily. This has been a long time coming but you’re ready and will crush whatever you decide to. I’m proud and excited.

    • emilyspearl

      Thanks so much, Clay. You’ve been a great sounding board and friend
      all along the way.

  • emilyspearl

    Thanks so much for the sweet note, John. I appreciate it.

  • emilyspearl

    Thank you so much, Jenny! I’m so excited. And I can come back to NH a
    little bit more often now, if I don’t get too crazy busy.

  • Lara Ruth

    Excited to see what comes next. Congrats for taking that step! And you know I’m with you – big fan of leaping into that net ;)

    • emilyspearl

      Ha ha, quite literally you are. Thanks, sweetheart!

  • emilyspearl

    Thank you!

  • Faith

    Wow, congratulations! Don’t worry if it takes getting used to/you have an adjustment period, that’s normal! Good for you for being so brave :)

    • emilyspearl

      Thanks, Faith!

  • Purple Panda

    Cograts! Looks like you’ll do really well, too! All that stuff you wrote looks impressive to me. I’ve been unemployed since November 2009 and making the transition to self employed. More projects starting to (finally) come in and it’s exciting!! Finally, I won’t have to live in ‘poverty’ anymore!

    • emilyspearl

      Thank you, Janet. Good luck to you!

  • Chris Guillebeau

    Congratulations, Emily! So exciting. 

    • emilyspearl

      Thank you, Chris!! This is a big day.

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