It’s been a crazy few months for me.
The big things: I’ve been heads down prepping for a launch I’ve been working on for a year, I have put in my month notice at SEOmoz, I’m a few weeks out from launching my ISITaYES shopping app, I’ve been working away on my advisory board responsibilities for Attendly, I’ve had a close friend tell me she is moving to another state, I’ve been speaking at conferences, teaching at startup incubators in town, and my boyfriend has been down in the Valley for weeks on end investing in his startup’s crazy awesome trajectory of growth.
And you know what? I am on fire. In the best possible way.
I kept saying for weeks I was so tired, and I honestly wasn’t sleeping that well, but then I just had a few very clear moments. I’m not that tired. I have an energy that I haven’t felt in a while. I am having big ideas, dancing my dance, and grooving the creative wave late into the night. It’s pretty freaking fantastic actually. I’ve had the most amazing moments. The sort of moments that are rare. The big moments. The life-changing ones.
It was a few of these moments that led me to put in my notice at one of the top startups in Seattle. SEOmoz has been an amazing adventure for me. I’m sure Ill write more on this later, but I simply could not have been luckier to have met with Rand back in Capitol Hill 3 years ago and convince him over cupcakes to take a chance on me.
I’m proud of the impact I’ve had on the SEOmoz team, culture, and community. I only hope they all know how much I have learned from them, and how honored I am to have been a part of that ride. But tis the time…new adventure time.
What new adventure? I’m not 100% sure yet to be honest. I have some great opportunities to work with brilliant people, and I’m still considering others. I am going to take the next few weeks to really ponder what I want from it all. It will likely be an early stage to mid-stage venture with passionate people doing something I can really get behind…much like SEOmoz was for me a few years ago.
I can’t help it. I love to build companies. I love to build brands. And I love to build communities.
Part of me has been embarrassed to admit it until recently but my dream is to keep building up amazing companies, and leave a real impact on this world. I want to leave a real impact on this world. There I said it. Cheesy but true. I want to do it over and over again until I have nothing left to give. That’s my dream. And dreams don’t reach themselves people.
Some days you have got to throw caution to the wind. Jump so far out of your comfort zone you barely recognize yourself. But there you will be, and you will be smiling. I am sure of it. I’m living it.
I have another month at SEOmoz where we are going to launch something [really big] that I’ve poured my soul into (along with 100+ other people), and then I will cheers some champagne, and move on…to do it all over again.
I’ll make sure to update my blog with the next venture when its ready to share, along with all the news around ISITaYES as it launches, and probably a few posts from Vermont where I am going to unwind with the family for a few weeks after this launch. It will be nice to drink a beer with my brothers at the lake and maybe — just maybe — not have my phone on, check my email, or tweet about the lastest Google update. #whoa
A good friend of mine just wrote a brilliant post about reaching your dreams and the work that goes into knowing what that looks like. It’s hard work. But it’s worth putting the time in. I have never been as clear as I am right now on what my dream looks like.
Perhaps even more importantly, I have never been so ready to bet on myself to get after it. I hope you feel the same way about you and your dream. Because you are amazing, and there is something you were born to do. Dreams you were born to dream, and dreams don’t reach themselves. Truth.