10 years as the Gotham Gal

Who would have thought when Fred and I conceived the name Gotham Gal that it would transform my next ten years. 

I started blogging because I was looking for my next career move.  I wanted something I could own myself with the hope that perhaps it would turn in to something.  I also wanted to keep connected to the tech community after it imploded.  I had made a choice to get off the career train for awhile and be a full time Mom but didn't want to lose complete touch.  I also wanted to do something that would fill the hours when the kids were in school.  I would write about restaurants, recipes, music, raising kids, politics, musings, life.  Truth is I have managed to keep that thread going for ten years.

I honestly remember standing in our kitchen with a yoga mat strapped to my back talking to someone who I am invested in now talking about different business directions I could take.  This blog connected with people who began to send me emails for advice, to have coffee, to send me their business plans and before I knew it I was an angel investor. It changed everything. This blog gave me the foundation to evolve on a new road of life.  It has been transformative.  Posting something every day has forced me to think at a different level. 

I put together a list of what I accomplished over the past decade.  Makes me realize what ten years can do. 

Invested in 40 companies, 4 restauranteurs, co-founded the Womens Entrepreneur Festival (going on our 4th year), moved 2 times, lived through 2 floods, built 4 homes, built an office, read 290 books, raised 3 kids, built an art collection and baked a lot of chocolate chip cookies. 

The last ten years have been amazing.  I am so fortunate to have met the people I have met, the friends that I have made and the entrepreneurs that I have allowed me to be involved and invest in their businesses.  I can't help but think about what is next.  I am spending a lot of time thinking about the next ten years.  Fred and I will be entering the world of being an empty nester.   I will have the opportunity to spend more time doing what I love which is being engaged, challenged, spending time with the family and friends and of course eating good food. 

My kids and of course Fred have been the backbone of these last ten years and with out them I would absolutely not be where I am today.  Thanks to everyone who has checked in to read, participate and help me become The Gotham Gal.