When I first sketched it out, the SheHive was a three story house where women could gather to learn about all facets of themselves through connections with other women…
The first floor was where group conversations would take place - classes, seminars, get-togethers, co-working and copious amounts of wine drinking.
The second floor was where one-on-one conversations would take place - with your therapist and/or with your coach.
On the third floor - the top of the house - there would be room for those conversations we all need to have with ourselves through mindfulness practices like yoga and meditation.
Thing is, I decided to launch the SheHive on the heels of quitting a j-o-b. My income had just gone from really f’ing comfortable to nil and the idea of investing all the money I had saved in a house other than the one I lived in was scary as shit. So scary, in fact, that the SheHive almost didn’t happen.
I sat down one day with a trusted mentor and shared my fears. Was it insane to invest so much money in an idea that had no proof of concept? His answer was yes. Yes, and..
Yes, it is insane to invest so much money in an idea that hasn’t been tested and it shouldn’t stop me from testing it. “Go get a short-term lease on a single room and test a part of the SheHive. Start small and grow,” he advised.
And that’s how the three-story Victorian home that the SheHive was supposed to be became a small office in Ferndale with beige walls, ugly green carpet, a vine growing out the light socket and a bathroom with a water feature known as “the rain.”
Starting small - and bootstrapping it - gave us room to test and fail and learn and relearn and pivot and play without ever really having to worry if we could afford the SheHive. The community is so much better because of it. Money has never been the driver… purpose has always been at the forefront of everything we do.
We’ve learned a lot in our little space this last year. The latest lesson? It’s time to grow.
So, we're moving...
Starting October 3rd, you can find us just a half mile down the road at 2505 Hilton.
It’s not yet the three-story house, but it’s a definite upgrade. Our main classroom is doubling in size and we’ll have a second, shared conference room that will allow us to host more than one event at-a-time.
And it’s beautiful. We spent all last week planning and diagramming the new space and painting the SheHive teal on our 15 foot walls (shout out to KeyHolder Corinne for climbing the 14 foot ladder eleventy-billion times to trim the top of the walls!). This weekend we’re moving in new, upgraded furniture and fixtures.
And we’re parting with a few pieces of furniture, fixtures and artwork that have served their purpose. You can check out our virtual garage sale on Facebook and/or come out Saturday from 12 - 5 to check “stuff” out in person.
We can’t wait to show off your new SheHive home to you! And if you haven’t been to the SheHive at all yet, our next orientation - in our new home - is scheduled for Tuesday, October 10th.
With much love and gratitude,
Ursula Adams, MSPOD