It's weird how things work out sometimes.
It was April 2008 when one of my many business trips to Manhattan unexpectedly turned from just two short days to ten. When I travel, I always love to stay with friends and family when I can - my closest friends and I are like sisters. A couple of days together is a blast. Unexpected chaos left me in the city far longer, and by the weekend I was staying at her place alone near Union Square for the coming ten days as she had a trip planned.
Entrepreneurs are used to chaos. I adapted, got settled. I went to the Whole Foods nearby and stocked the house with favorite comfort items - good wine, fresh fruits and vegetables, and the most amazing chocolate tart dessert. I went for long jogs through the city, worked and did business. I've gotten stuck in snowstorms and downgraded hurricanes. If you're going to be put in a situation, make the best of it that you can.
Years later, I have looked for those chocolate tarts every time I've gone to any store here, including Whole Foods.
A few weeks ago, a friend and fellow Power Girl whose been a driving force behind amazing luxury hotel brands like the Liberty in Boston, sent me a text about a cool entrepreneur she had wanted to connect me with. Whether they're in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Boston or Chicago, the women entrepreneurs I've met and know are constantly mingling and making introductions like this. Of course I would, I replied.
Later that month, I had a call with Bo Bartlett, founder of the Daphne Baking Company. Bo had a successful career for most of her life before realizing her true dream was to open a bakery. With courage she took the steps needed to make that exact dream happen. Today, Daphne desserts are carried at dozens of major supermarkets and grocery stores. The desserts are so good, the company has a whole side customer base among caters and restaurants, who rely on Bo's incredible confections.
As we talked, Bo shared how she came to the conclusion to let go of her longtime, successful career and how well into her adulthood shifted gears including going back to college to learn her new craft. We chatted about taking the leap to launching a business as she told the stories behind creating Daphne. The entire conversation, I kept thinking to myself that this was going to be a great topic for a New Power Girls post -- that women in business can make a move at any age. There's a false mentality in our country that younger is better, even though statistically that's not really the case.
People regardless of age have the chance to take the leap again and again. Bo's living proof of it.
"If you visit our website, you'll see them," she adds as we continue our call.
I'm in front of my computer in my L.A. living room and quickly type the company name into Google search. Within seconds there were the very chocolate tarts I had during that New York trip so long ago. It takes a minute to regain my composure as I tell Bo the story and how I've looked for her very tarts ever since.
If there's ever the greatest story of why someone should take a leap, give their goal a shot or go with their gut and do something, this is it.