Crushed Dreams to Crushed Grapes
I don’t know what’s worse – never working your dream job or having your dream job taken from you prematurely. I tend to lean on the positive so I like to think I’m lucky to have had the opportunity to know and experience what it is I absolutely love to do. Being a part of an exciting tech and travel startup company unveiled a world of thrills and possibilities unlike anything I had known before. Just being involved in a company run well, making a difference in the world, and whose mission is one about which I am most passionate should be fortune enough. However, my role within this “perfect” company was one that encompassed everything I loved doing. Everything about it was ideal. Except that I wasn’t being paid (ah, the thrills of startup culture). Sure, I was in debt from traveling the year before and was working a couple other part-time jobs to keep my head above water, but I didn’t care. I had what most people spend their entire lives searching for – the dream job. It was worth the wait for the paycheck.
But the paycheck didn’t come. A harsh reality I ultimately had to face. Although beyond devastated, I was able to realize the positive in my life and once again lean on it for support. That positive – wine!
It’s not what you think. I did not turn to wine in the traditional sense of devastation remedies. I looked at what I presently had going on which was not only a growing network in the travel industry, but also in the food/wine industry due to my part-time job at a wine bar. I also had coworkers interested in starting a new venture. We all happen to have extensive backgrounds in event coordinating and an incredible chef friend with whom we’ve worked and has always talked about starting his own catering business. With our combined connections and expertise in food, wine, events, and marketing, we figured we should do something about it!
Because It’s Delicious. A delicious idea that has turned into a real business. My business. It may not be my dream job, but it’s mine and it can’t be taken from me. It’s a good start.