My house was packed with more than 40 women, and we were all chowing down on casseroles, salads, and brownies.
In February 2012, I hosted a potluck dinner for my networking and professional group, the Boulder Media Women (BMW). BMW is a group of more than 400 female media professionals who get together on a regular basis for happy hour events, group coffee dates, and potluck dinners.
BMW members are all associated with media in some way — we’ve got content marketers, freelance writers, authors, magazine editors, and graphic designers in the group.
On the night of my potluck on Leap Day 2012, I was getting ready to make a big, exciting announcement. I took a deep breath, stood up on a chair, and clinked my glass to get everyone’s attention.
“I have an announcement to make, everyone,” I said. “I quit my day job today, and I’m striking out on my own!”
The roar of support and approval that came from the crowd still rings in my ears today. I will never forget it.