Sara is an owner/partner at The Collective NWX. She has nearly two decades in communications, public policy and strategy development, execution and evaluation for corporate and non-profit organizations. When she's not working the front desk or planning the next event at The Collective, she's enjoying being a mom of 2 young girls, and enjoys practicing yoga.
It’s Valentines Day and though I’m not much for Hallmark holidays, I do appreciate the underlying message of the day. We often get so wrapped up the daily tasks and chores of life that we forget to focus on what is truly important.
For me it’s my husband, my girls, friends, nature, community (in the big C sense), good books, the perfect chai latte that are atop my list. These are the things that I love and cherish, and wish I had more hours in the day to enjoy.
Where is this post going you ask? It’s not just to share my personal love of tea and a brisk walk, but rather to share the importance of taking time to focus on what’s important in your life. I’m no motivational speaker, but this is truth people. The more authentic relationships and experiences we have, the happier we are at home; the more productive we are at work; the better life feels.
Should it take a fabricated holiday to focus our eyes what’s important? The correct answer is no, but the truthful answer is yes. Sometimes it takes an outside event to allow us to look within.
For me, this is a daily challenge but our move to Oregon and the opportunity to open The Collective NWX has forced my hand a bit. These external forces gave me a loving nudge and allowed me space to refocus on those people and things I cherish dearly. And for this I am eternally grateful.
Hopefully, this pink and red holiday gives you a nudge to focus on what you love. Or eat chocolate… chocolate is always a good option.
According to the Chinese zodiac calendar, 2020 is going to be a strong, prosperous and lucky year. “Those who plan to start a business, buy real estate or invest in a long-term project have great chances of being satisfied in the future. 2020 is considered a year of new beginnings and renewals.”
Wow, this strikes a chord as our life is full of new beginnings! A new town, new home, new schools, new friends, new professional opportunities and of course a new business endeavor.
As the possibilities of 2020 begin to unfold, we could not be more excited to open the doors of The Collective NWX and start building an amazing community with our members.
The time has come, and we are (almost!) ready to throw open the doors of our beautiful new shared workspace for Collective NWX preview week. As we put the finishing touches on the office, we invite you to make it your home base for a day — on us, no strings attached. Stop in, enjoy a cup of Strictly Organic coffee and plug in your laptop for an hour (or the entire day). Consider it an early Holiday gift!
If one word or phrase could sum up how we are feeling at this point in time, it would be grateful for community. For time spent with family during Thanksgiving; our health; the outdoors; snow (finally!) and for our new business as we prepare to open the doors.
November was a whirlwind of activity at “the space”, the name our girls have affectionately bestowed on our new business. It seems like just days ago we posted photos of the furniture arriving, and yet so much has transpired since those photos were snapped. The small things, such as selecting the perfect light bulbs and installing corner guards to protect the fabulous wallpaper, seem to gobble up most of our working hours. Yet, the big things are where we yearn to spend our time. Curating the Collective NWX member experience is one of those big things.
A reporter for a local media outlet recently asked us “what makes the Collective special?” While we knew our answer to that question, it begs the bigger question for our potential members. What makes your workplace special? Is it your personal space, your colleagues or the free coffee? Each one of us has a different answer to that question, and each answer is the right one. Thus, we are challenged to think through how those ideas work together organically to make the Collective a truly unique and special place for our members.
Our answer to the reporter’s question is simple: community. Setting aside the perfect light bulbs and the fabulous wallpaper, what we are really creating is a community— a collective—and for that we are truly grateful!