September 03, 2015
“I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”
― Steve Jobs
So, I've been around... I've worked in a lot of different roles in a lot of different countries all over the world. I've moved from Ireland to Canada to Santiago Chile to London. I've worked as a bar tender, a teacher, a nanny, a waitress, a digital marketeer, and most recently, a digital project manager where I've led projects for small theatres, big brands, and FTSE 250 companies. Life is what you make it! If you're not crying at an airport every couple of years in your 20's, you're doing it wrong. Or at least that's my take. I never felt like staying put, being tied in, or getting on with growing up (and old) too quickly! I stayed on the move, trying new things in new places, meeting new people and having great, and equally terrible experiences. Plenty of time to review pension options and property ladders later I say. I believe that all this has made me the (almost) fearless person I am today.
And now, I take on the biggest and most daunting move yet, opening my own business. CAYA or 'COME AS YOU ARE' is a shared workspace, but it's so much more than that. We want it to be a real community. We want people to create, innovate, share and collaborate in the space. We don't want to replicate a stuffy library-like atmosphere of silence and isolation. We believe that what freelancers and entrepreneurs really crave is the buzz of being surrounded by other switched-on people. People to bounce ideas off, to get inspiration from in a tight corner, and share the burden of constant problem-solving. I know this first hand. When I left my last PM role to start CAYA, I sat alone in front of a computer day-in day-out as my energy levels waned. As soon as I started to share our idea with people, I found their excitement motivated me, their suggestions were so helpful, and I had a list as long as my arm to get going on the next day! That's what it's all about people - energy transfer and movement of ideas! Gone are the days of keeping tight lipped, of keeping things 'close to the chest'. 2015 is about sharing your thoughts and ideas and letting others help you improve on them. Yes, people can always try to steal your idea, but they can't steal your passion, your determination or the knowledge you've gathered getting this far. Don't fear that. Let people in, work together with like-minded entrepreneurs and as a community you can disrupt, build, and change. That's what CAYA is all about. That and great coffee to fuel the brainstorming of course. :)