A year ago is when the inception of this idea, to offer an online fundraising platform to non-profit organizations at no charge, came about. But, I have to tell you that this past year was absolutely needed for us to work out its bells and whistles to really nail down exactly what we want to accomplish on this journey with charityswag.com. And, to tell you the truth, this past year was reflection time for me after working for a start-up company the past 3 years from doubling its revenue every year to building pageviews of over a few million plus each month was exciting but, so much work involved. The long hours, the constant brainstorming for cutting edge and innovative ideas were exhausting but, fun! I was drained and needed to save myself from burn out before I decided to do it all over again but, this time for myself!
I didn't realize how much I grew as an individual personally and professionally in those 3 years alone until I saw my former boss at a networking function. After being let go due to the downsizing of the company and potentially being acquired by another did not cause any unsettling feelings at all, as most would think. But, gratitude and a pleasant appreciation is what I felt instead. There is an old saying that people are put in your life for a reason and I realized my former boss was put into mine to give me a crash course in being an entrepreneur from starting a company, building it up, making it succeed, and understanding how to keep it there by learning from the decisions made good and bad. It was a blessing I was able to experience this and use it to my advantage while I help build this company and make it successful. It's a long road in front of me and I am ready to deal with everything that will be dealt my way. I understand first hand that I can't expect to move mountains without there being blood, sweat, and tears however, I do expect to slowly chisel my way through it and make a mark for the generations to come.
Everyone I have ever worked with knows I hate to fail!!!! Something I am going to have to get over in order to keep growing as a person and I am sharing my greatest weakness with you all. I have no choice but to take a deep breath and make a big leap of faith. Nevertheless, most importantly, I have a great business partner who I know has my back so, expect great things to come in the year ahead. We are rejuvenated, refreshed, re-energized and ready to help great organizations make it possible to achieve their visions while we inspire and motivate the next generation to give and make a difference. The journey has started and every day we make the most of it - have too!
Anyone out there pounding the pavement every single day and putting yourself on the front lines, I want to hear from you!