I began my position at the Winery on April 3, 2017. I was given the title Wine Club Manager and Event Coordinator, and was placed in charge of over 750 members with the goal of developing events to not only attract new members but also keep current. It has been a crazy year full of both known and unknown territory. I’ve created amazing relationships with many of my members and now call them my friends. My teammates at the winery have been incredible as well, offering assistance where needed, advice when asked, and numerous laughs along the way. I could not be more thankful.
It was a hard decision, obviously, when the day came that I was approached on a new job offer. Not only would I be leaving an industry I have such a passion for, but also people who I care so much about.
Yet that day did come.
A few weeks ago an organization I interned with during my junior year in college came to me with a job offer which not only matched my current pay but also offered full benefits, a much shorter commute (3 minutes compared to 30), and a steady schedule. Plus the nonprofit’s mission to support and assist those of low economic standing to a place of self-sustainability is one of which I absolutely believe in and adore — thus why I interned with this organization those years past. So, thinking of my upcoming future with marriage and a family in addition to my heart for bettering my community, I couldn’t pass on this offer.
Which means today was my last day at the winery.
Not going to lie, it has been a hard week what with receiving beautiful notes from members and realizing I will be leaving the event industry as a career.
It seemed only right, then, to write a little thank you and farewell to this treasured step in my life:
I want to thank all those who have made my time at the winery so amazing — my teammates, my members, my partnering vendors, and all others I have corresponded with over the last nine months — and provide a little remembrance of all the events and fun times we shared:
It will be difficult leaving, but rest assured I will continue to coordinate and create charcuterie spreads as often as possible through volunteer work.
To a wonderful industry, to a year of transitions ahead, and to moving forward with so many fond memories — cheers, my friends!