After what feels like months of planning, my new venture Go Jo! kicked off this week.
My first collaboration will be with Tribe Porty, community interest company which provides coworking and event space in addition to running a series of multi-disciplinary projects alongside it's amazing community of members. I've been working with these guys for nearly a year now in various capacities and I'm happy to finally be able to sink my teeth into spending a couple days a week there. It's a really special space which has grown a great deal over the past year. I I'lll be helping them with their programming, communications, and partnerships.
One of my most favourite things about working with Tribe is that it's a labour of love by one of my dearest friends - the amazing Danielle Trudeau. She's taken this once empty place and built a beautiful and caring community. It's full of passionate and good people you just want to share a pint with .
Even after just 1 week - it's clear that working on my own will challenge me in new ways. In addition to chatting with potential partners about some very exciting projects, it's been interesting to experience a different work life & schedule. For the past 6 years - I've been a salaried full-time employee in one office at a time which has been an awesome experience. However - to be able to own my own time, projects, schedules, and direction is a pretty powerful feeling.
As I was cruising down the Portobello prom on my new skateboard (what a great Christmas present!) getting ready for my first day - it dawned on me that it's a great exercise for this transition and for building Go Jo.
Skateboarding is about taking risks, embracing the play, and messing up (often when others are watching). And the key tip I've picked up with is that you have to look up. Once you stop looking at your shoes, your feet seem to know how to navigate you and your strides lengthen.
I want to work this way. While I'm developing these new projects - I'm developing my key values and ethos for Go Jo. Like my skateboarding, I want my work to reflect play, creativity, and the joy & delight of messing up and trying again.
And to always be looking up - trusting my feet to navigate the way ahead.