I graduated from college in 2003 with a degree in Acting. I would joke that the only things I officially knew how to do when I entered “the real world” were waiting tables and being dramatic. It was the truth.
In 2008, after hundreds of auditions//rejections and just a few significant roles to tout, I decided I was going to start my first business. I went around the city of Chicago telling my family, friends and strangers that I was going to launch a digital magazine for women and it was going to be huge. Everyone looked at me like I had three heads.
In 2014, after building that magazine, CheekyChicago, to 100,000 readers, growing to six figures in revenue, failing to raise a series A round, and divorcing from a toxic business partnership, I went on to launch my second company, The SimplyBe Agency.
Shortly thereafter, I was offered a full-time role at a corporate company with the opportunity to travel the world and launch a global product to a million consumers worldwide. I worked that job for two years, trying to find my soul in this new work environment… only to realize that I had simply sold it.
In the summer of 2016, I was wooed by a venture capital firm interested in investing in The SimplyBe Agency and relaunching it with me. I worked on that deal for four months straight day and night, only to realize it wasn’t the right fit- for them or for me. A bruise to my heart… and my ego. As with everything, it happened for a reason and The SimplyBe Agency is right where it was meant to be.
Along this journey, my friend, colleague and soul sister Nicole Yeary approached me with a vision to do a women’s only event to address the fear that so many of us face on a daily basis, and needed my partnership. I’ll never forget when Nicole said to me: “The concept of ‘fearless’ is bullshit. Fear never goes away. It either hinders you, or it becomes your rocket fuel. That’s the paradox.”
We are ALL afraid. I am terrified every fucking day. Afraid of failing, afraid of going broken again, afraid of the rejection, afraid of the judgement, afraid of ruining business partnerships, afraid of failing my team, afraid that I suck, afraid that my work really doesn’t matter, afraid that I really don’t know what the fuck I am talking about, afraid that I won’t hit my numbers, afraid, afraid, afraid.
But I do it anyway.
THIS is why Nicole and I are hosting the Fear Paradox this summer. THIS is why we feel so strongly about bringing this kind of experience to the women of Chicago and beyond. THIS is why we need you to show up with all your fear, all your ego, all your mistakes, all your humility, all your courage, all your brilliance, and all your divine feminine badassery and help make this event sacred and REAL and essential. This isn’t about us. This is about ALL OF US.
We only have a few VIP tickets until February 3rd. Please get yours before they are gone. The link is below. Until then… let’s keep bravely and aggressively failing, because beautiful girls can do very hard things, indeed.
And the world needs more of us.