This just happens to be a week of birthdays -- and not just any birthdays, but the birthday of our incredible founder, Cristina, and the birth of her incredible idea, One Woman Shop.
That's right. Two years ago this week, Cristina was not only celebrating her birthday, but she was also dreaming up what would soon become One Woman Shop. We'll be celebrating that tomorrow (and majorly paying it forward!), but in the meantime, we have one and only one thing to celebrate today: Cristina, AKA the founder + co-head honcho behind One Woman Shop, AKA Peach. (We <3 nicknames around these parts.) Fast forward two years, and she's inspiring women all over the world to start (and succeed) in their solo business, she's constantly bettering her business partner (hey, that's me), and she's living out her location independent dream (tearing up the streets of Antigua, no doubt). In the process, she manages to constantly make me -- and I'm sure others -- laugh:
Even when we're puzzled over why Google Hangouts hates us:
Okay, okay, I'm her business partner -- of course I'm going to say how awesome she is, right? Well, it's not just me. You see, I reached out to our membership and asked them to help me build a Rainy Day File for Cristina on her birthday -- and this is just a sampling of what they said:
I've been lucky enough to be part of the OWS community from the beginning. It's been so inspiring to watch it evolve and to see Cristina's vision come to life. She's done an amazing job of building an active community, rather than a group of observers. - Amy Chick
Entrepreneurship often seemed unreachable and scary to me, but finding other women through OWS who are encouraging, giving, helpful, and straight up smart has made a world of difference. Knowing I'm not alone makes this crazy path I've chosen not just doable but enjoyable; thank you so much for investing in this community, Cristina! - Jill Hinton
The One Woman Shop is the reason I am still so passionate about my own business after 4 years. I owe my sanity to the OWS group; this group of women help me to find the love and answers I wouldn’t always have working alone. - Jill Dretzka
Being part of a community that is not afraid to share or help each other is what really motivates and drives me to move forward with my entrepreneurial goals. I love the valuable lessons I learn from knowing other women who meet challenges head-on and reach for the stars! Thank you for this, Cristina! - Tai Stewart
Happy Birthday, Cristina! Thank you for making One Woman Shop a thing. As a solopreneur, it’s so refreshing to have a safe place to connect with and learn from a community of others who get what it’s like to be one of us. I’m grateful that you made your dream a reality so we can all enjoy this playground. - Jennie Mustafa-Julock
Cristina has beautifully harnessed her skills and multi-passionate personality in the creation of OWS. I’m grateful she’s had the foresight, nous and persistence to make the community what it is today — along with her co-head honcho, Sara. The community is a flourishing place, thanks to the dedication of two great ladies! Happy birthday, Cristina. Revel. You deserve it 🙂 - Sara Moss
One Woman Shop has allowed me to make connections with several female entrepreneurs that have become paying members of Careful Cents services. So not only have I made awesome friends, I've also increased my bottom line, while still being able to offer advice and help for their finances. THANK YOU for starting OWS -- I'm so glad I'm not alone! - Carrie Smith
...And they don't even know how awesome she is behind-the-scenes!
With that, I say cheers, Peach -- to another year of amazing adventures, inspiring work, and never-ending ideas to keep all of this interesting. (Oh, and all the Reese's Cups + dance parties you want. You know, for support.)