Oh, how time flies… and how things change (yet stay the same).
It’s hard to believe I have officially been freelancing for a DECADE. Back in 2008, my friend Steve and I started a small marketing company where we bartered with local businesses in San Francisco.
Steve made a little “nook” in the bay window that looked out onto 24th and Harrison. It was there where we worked on our first website for Starboard Marketing, and where we used to eat, drink, and be merry. That year, we threw a Chinese-themed party for the Olympics Opening Ceremony, played Sarah Palin Bingo, and watched the Giants play terribly (but loved them anyway)- we had no idea what their fate would be in 2010.
Above his apartment in the Mission District we also brewed beer, lovingly referred to as “Harrison Brewing Company.” We named our first brew, a blonde ale, after his golden retriever, Mackerel. We also made a hefeweizen that year named “Obam’ale,” which we (probably illegally) brought to the polls with us on election night.
We thought we may be able to nab the new ice cream shop below his apartment, which we watched open as the retro stools were installed and the signs went up. He got their mail delivered to his address before they got their own, and were excited to run downstairs and try their “Secret Breakfast” ice cream after they opened. That ice cream shop is now the famed Humphry Slocombe.
From massage therapists and local restaurants to fashion designers and mobile shopping apps, my work has definitely changed over the years. However, my heart still feels the same- I will only work with brands, causes, and companies I am passionate about. Life is too short to not to do what you love.
7 cities and 10 years later, I’m still loving entrepreneurship, writing, and cultivating connections all over the world. I’m beyond grateful for having a wild soul and free spirit that made me fearless and ready to take chances over these past 10 years.