Hello! Kate here, the proud mama/co-founder of Heartful.ly. Every week, our phenomenal blog manager, Andrea, writes about Heartful.ly’s innovative nonprofit partners and philanthropic wedding vendors and trends, but it’s been awhile since I shared a behind-the-scenes-peak into our own operation.
Since Heartful.ly launched in December 2015, we’ve been on the loop-to-loopiest rollercoaster. On any given day I am on top of the world, under my desk, and every state in between. Real talk: quitting a stable government job to start a company in an industry I knew nothing about and pouring every fiber of my being (and bank account) into it is nuts any which way you slice it. And yet, I have never been more empowered, full of purpose, or energized to wake up every morning and carpe that diem.
Because everyone loves a good list, below is my humble attempt at catching you up on the last six months of madness!
The Highlight Reel-My favorite moments of 2016 (so far)
We have 60 nonprofit partners around the world! These organizations are solving some of the world’s biggest problems. Being part of this ecosystem of world changers is a great privilege.
Teaming up with Etsy was a dream come true. Through Etsy’s tres-chic bridal fair in NYC, over $7,000 was raised in support of Heartful.ly partners: Flora Stationery, Jiamini, and Mufindi Orphans. Hooray!
Our growing team! The stars just keep aligning. Alex Leach recently came on as co-founder/co-parent/CTO. His heart for nonprofits and decade of experience building and maintaining websites for massive companies made this partnership a no-brainer. Our origin story also happens to be the greatest founders meet cute. We met in my Peace Corps village in 2009. Crazy, right?! Meet the rest of our team.
Becoming a Tory Burch Fellow. If you’re reading this blog, there’s a good chance you voted for me at least once. Thank you! This Fellowship has already changed the trajectory of my company (and probably my life). I am so thankful for the Foundation team, my fellow Fellows, and the new mentors who have helped me accelerate my business more in the last month than I could have achieved in six.
Wedding season! Wedding season is upon us and our couples are tying the knot left and right. Nothing and I mean nothing brings me more joy than when a community comes together to celebrate the love of two people and channels that love into a legacy of a safer, healthier, and kinder world.
That’s all she wrote! I look forward to staying in better touch and sharing more insight into the day-to-day shenanigans of growing a startup. If there’s anything that you’d like to hear more about, let me know in the comments!