One year ago today, I was on a bus, headed for a plane, to get on a ferry, to set sail on an adventure, solo.
April 9th, 2015 I left my job of 12 years, my financial security and financial freedom, to find real freedom. Chatham Bars Inn was a wonderful place to work - I learned so much there, I met so many friends there, I had great opportunities - however, when it's time to move on in life, you just kinda know. I knew. I just didn't know what the next phase was for me. I had started glued. with a few friends a little over six months prior, and that was taking off in a great way, just not a pay my bills way, yet.
At CBI I did everything from reservations in the earlier years, to marketing and events later on. I was an elf who wore tights during the holidays (never again!), I planned the Inn's 100th Anniversary celebration, and the town's gala for their 300th celebration and even got to do a fundraising event with the Red Sox three World Series trophies . My career at CBI was a little all over the place, and I loved that. I asked myself where I could take all of these skills I had learned, and my out of the box talents as I moved on... But first, I was going on vacation.
So, the very day after I left my job, I headed to St. John, USVI, where I absolutely fell in love with the island and the people and their laid back way of life. I read, I sailed, I swam, I drank painkillers, and I thought about my future... a lot. It was on this little island, nicknamed 'love city', that Mainsail Events and Marketing was born.
After extending my trip as long as I thought was acceptable for a person who just left her job and wasn't sure when she would receive her next paycheck, I returned home to have business leads from friends and contacts. And that's how it began. Mainsail Events and Marketing would be the go-to event planning company on Cape Cod for those out of the box style events that I had become so used to planning at CBI.
These past twelve months have been a blur, in the very best way. I have had the pleasure of working with some great local and national companies handling aspects of their marketing and have been fundraising for a group I believe very much in. I've also had the pleasure of being hired to run two town festivals, and am even more proud to report that I've been hired back for a second year.
So while all of that was happening, my much needed website was placed on the back burner. While it's still a work-in-progress, I'm so happy to launch mainsailevents.com today...one year after I started my real journey.