I ended up in CT because I transferred with a company I was working for in Arizona. It turned out not to be a good fit and I took a job at a Black radio station and absolutely loved it!
It was the first time I had a Black boss and team.
Unfortunately, the house I was renting was a block away from the beach (and you know how much I love nature and water) and it killed my soul every morning when I would have to put on “office clothes” and drive by that beautiful beach to get to work. I also felt a strong calling to work with Black small businesses in the area teaching them about the importance of having an online presence.
Always being one to follow my gut, I walked into the office one day and gave my boss two weeks notice. He didn’t want me to leave and offered to increase my pay. I agreed, but after a couple more weeks, I realized that more money was not what my soul wanted.
I left, and I left without a plan…
After walking out of the office, I realized that I did not have a backup plan and went into survival mode.
I hit the streets using the skills I learned in sales over the years.
I drove to downtown New Haven, parked my car and started walking. I walked into every Black owned business I passed and asked them if they needed a website. My last stop of the day was at a Black owned bookstore owned by the infamous Bea (Hi Bea!).
I gave my pitch…
She listened, like a mother would and then politely and warmly said, “Sorry no I don’t need one but I know someone who does.” She explained that she had a good friend who was starting a nonprofit and they were looking for a Black person who could assist them.
That was over 10 years ago and I still work with that organization now.
My role with the organization has grown over the years and the founder is like a mother to me now. [More on what it’s been like working to bring an idea of one woman to life, and the growth on a global level.]
To end — I found myself in CT — A place where I started to find me.
In Connecticut, I:
- found a community full of history;
- discovered time sharing for the first time and was fortunate enough to interview on of it’s local founders;
- made lifetime friends with people that I continue to work and play with;
- started the New Haven chapter of the Social Media Club (yes, there was such a thing back then 🙂 ) and held events;
- really jumped into volunteering even running a fundraising campaign for United Way of Greater New Haven;
- started a website for people in the Black community, which resulted in a decent amount of news coverage, success and my first hard lesson in working with a business partner; and
After leaving CT, I hit the road to travel and explore.
Traveling across the country alone was by far, one of the most liberating experiences.
Random videos (playlist) from my life in CT