Happy Anniversary to The 25th Hour! Happy Anniversary to ME!
Do you remember when you turned 10? Double digits. Two hands to count. A decade! It was a big deal, right? Well, this month marks a very special anniversary for my evolving business.
Ten years ago, I took a leap of faith and started The 25th Hour. It seems like eons ago, yet I can remember the day I left my part-time job. On the radio, the U2 song, “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for” was playing. I had never imagined myself as my own boss. Never thought about the work I’d need to put in or the implications for my family’s taxes or healthcare. As a naturally curious person, I reached out to many for support, and I love that now I am able to give that support to others because of all I’ve learned.
Ten years ago, I started as a Virtual Assistant. Even in 2012, though I was a kick-a$$ admin person, I knew I wanted more. Being labeled as an “assistant” rubbed me the wrong way because I was always wayyyyyy more than someone who simply took orders and “assisted” my clients. Proactive, dedicated, professional, smart, resourceful – these are just a handful of the words clients used to describe me. And I was on fire.
So much has changed within the past ten years both personally and professionally. I went from one to two kids, moved, had brain surgery and radiation therapy, lost a few beloved friends and family members, gained extended family and new friends, and watched as my husband transformed our property into an urban farm of sorts – with chickens, and bees, and a tremendous garden.
Business-wise, I am grateful to have been supported by amazing colleagues and a supportive network. I settled in with a few beloved clients and took on a more significant role in their businesses. 40+ clients later, my myriad of experiences have opened my eyes, instilled a level of new confidence, and provided me with the opportunity to learn and grow
Finally investing in myself by becoming a Certified Online Business Manager was a turning point for my business and most recently I became a Certified Director of Operations, which provided even more clarity for the future of The 25th Hour. I’ve learned that operations is comprised of four levels: implementation, management, strategy, and vision. My sweet spot is working with both management and strategy.
I have been there, done that, and simply love helping others’ businesses grow and thrive (and… I’m really amazing at it!) I help impact-driven, purposeful entrepreneurs take back their time, do more good, and grow their service-based businesses through strategic planning, operational efficiency, and team leadership. I can do that for you – whether as an Operations consultant or as your Director of Operations.