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19 Things I Learned as the Co-Founder of a Startup

19 Things I Learned as the Co-Founder of a Startup

2019 may have been my biggest year yet. We officially opened the doors to The Haven Co-Working in Bend after nearly two years of envisioning, planning, recruiting, outlining our mission, building our space, and growing a community of members. I’ve started multiple businesses in my lifetime, but The Haven has required a skill set that I didn’t know I needed or even had. It’s amazing how powerful a community can be when we come together in collaboration to lift, support, and empower one another. And with that being said, entrepreneurship and running a startup never gets easier. Here are just a few things I’ve learned along the way...

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Remembering what healthy feels like

Remembering what healthy feels like

I just returned from a wellness retreat in Hawaii and I'm more committed than ever to The Haven Vitality and Wellness room.*

It's been a busy few years in my life. I've had two kids (now 1.5 and 3.5 years), founded a new non profit called School Board Partners, supported my husband to expand our Cascade Relays Beer Chase series to San Diego and Boulder, was elected to Bend-La Pine School Board and decided to open The Haven.

In order to survive, I convinced myself that I could forgo exercise, alone time and healthy eating for a few years. Just until my girls got a little older. Just until my non profit was up and running. Just until The Haven became sustainable... You get the idea. 

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Haven Birth Story, Part 2

Haven Birth Story, Part 2

I’ve thought about opening a co-working space like this… is one of the most frequent comments I’ve heard throughout the last year. If so many other women have thought about it, what kept them from being able to do it? As many of you know, being an entrepreneur is hard, and there are countless obstacles to overcome along the journey. I didn’t grow up in a family of entrepreneurs, so the sheer number of obstacles has been somewhat surprising to me, and I simply wouldn’t have continued without the strong support of my husband. If you haven’t had a close-up view of entrepreneurship and you run into a challenge or two, you might think it’s a sign that you should quit. To the contrary, I’ve learned that obstacles require me to dig more deeply, to recommit to my why, and to help refine my mission and business plan for the better. So, in an effort to be more transparent about the realities of entrepreneurship, I wanted to share some of the obstacles we’ve faced trying to open The Haven. This is not a request for sympathy! This is a request for all of us to more authentically and honestly talk about the realities of work and life so that we can better support each other through the good and bad times.

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Haven Birth Story, Part 1

Haven Birth Story, Part 1

As with all entrepreneurial ventures, The Haven was born out of a unique set of experiences over the past 20 years that led me to this moment. In particular, four experiences and beliefs were the primary drivers behind The Haven: my experience as a remote worker, my belief in community, my lifelong fight for justice and equity, and becoming an elected official. I’ll dig into each of these in later blogs, but here’s the short version.

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