Before even becoming officially FUNemployed, I sat down with my long-time mentor, Mike, and spilled out a bunch of jumbled ideas I had in my mind for a passion project I want to launch - the SheHive. The SheHive is a physical gathering space for brave women who want a safe space to have the important conversations they have been craving. Those bold words mean something - everything - in the overall scheme of the project:
It wasn’t quite that articulate when I was talking to Mike about it two weeks ago and there’s, most likely, a lot of refinement yet to go. It’s a work in progress. Mike’s suggestion was to prototype it - launch the SheHive for 90 days and see what happens and what can be learned.
Finding someplace to prototype the SheHive is a work in progress. What I have found, however, is that while I search for SheHive’s physical home, my entire life has become one, large virtual prototype. Nearly every day since leaving United Way I have found myself in a conversation with someone somewhere about something interesting. In the past two weeks I’ve visited more coffee shops, met more new people, discovered more new places and found connection with more brave and willing people than I have in the past two years.
It has been nothing short of life affirming. This is how people were meant to live - at least this particular “people” - connecting, sharing, teaching and learning from each other.
I have no idea if the SheHive is ever going to launch as a physical gathering place or, if it does, that it will become a viable way to make a living as opposed a passion project on the side. I do know, however, that I’m having the time of my life exploring the idea.