A New “Lease” on My Business: Welcome to The New Champagne Diet HQ!

About a year and a half ago, I was taking a walk in the snow to grab a cup of coffee in my neighborhood. I decided to take a different route and found myself on a block I don’t usually walk up. As I turned to my right, I was stopped in my tracks by the most adorable storefront for rent. It. was. perfect. Big, sunny windows. A wide open space. I immediately had visions of working from this space every day, hosting meet ups, workshops, and champagne happy hours. I needed it.

As much as “the dream” was to work from home when I left my full-time job to pursue my passion, the truth is it gets old. It’s hard to focus when there are dishes to load in the dishwasher, when your couch is 4 feet away from your desk, and when you wake up and wind up working from your pajamas for the entire day without even realizing it. I wanted my very own headquarters. A reason to wake up each day, put on some makeup and a cute pair of shoes, and show up to. A place to invite my local readers to for a champagne guided meditation or a happiness board workshop. A place to sell my own books, and host live talks with inspiring people. It’s isolating to be in your apartment all day, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to get up, get out, and also give my community something special.

I called the realtor and saw the space the very next day. I fell head over heels in love with it, and for a solid week, I agonized over whether or not I should try to make it happen. Although I wanted it so badly, and had a crystal clear vision for what I’d do with it, I had to be honest with myself. I was in the midst of a lot of business travel, we were moving apartments, and for more than a few reasons it just wasn’t the right time.

I let it go, but thought about it every single day. Eventually a retailer took over the space, and for the next year I would pass by, imagining how it would have looked as if it were mine. Picturing all the things I’d do in there. Although I felt badly for not jumping on the opportunity, I knew that I had trusted my intuition and that was enough. I called it “my store” and prayed that if it was meant to be, it would come back to me in divine timing.

Although many of my peers had suggested getting a WeWork desk, or utilizing some sort of co-working space, that never felt right to me. I didn’t want to be in a space that resembled a corporate office. And I certainly didn’t want to share. I wanted something out of the box, something unique to me. Something of my very own that I could decorate and create a vibe in. In my mind, there are levels to being a business owner. I had mastered leaving my job and turning my passion into a successful career. But to have my own personal office outside of my home? That was the next frontier. The next step up. The dream. And I wasn’t settling for less.

About a month ago, I was out grabbing coffee and making a run to the UPS store, and I saw the space again. This time, it was empty…

Without hesitation, I called the realtor back. He remembered me, and like magic, everything lined up perfectly. Within days, I was dropping off the signed lease and upon my return from New Orleans, I got the keys to my dream space. If this isn’t an example of the universe moving with you once you’ve made up your mind, I don’t know what is.

I got to share a special toast and mini picnic on the floor with my mom and cousin yesterday afternoon. We drank champagne and ate cupcakes and brainstormed about all the magic that’s going to happen inside those 4 walls. It’s those moments where you feel your hard work, hustle, and faith pay off and it’s truly everything.

I’m spending the next week getting settled in: the space just got a fresh coat of paint and we’re hanging chandeliers tonight. I’ll have wifi and a desk by Thursday and then the decorating begins! I am so excited, so proud of myself, and so ready to move into this next phase of my business. Champagne Diet Headquarters has made it’s home in Brooklyn and I can’t wait to share more with you guys!

Be sure to hang with me on Snapchat (username: GlitterGutsGlam) and on Instagram (@TheChampagneDiet) for tons of behind the scenes, a tour of the new HQ, and more!

Stay tuned!

With love and a new “lease” on my business,

Cara

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  • Kat E. Burgos
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    Yes Cara, you did it! You manifested what you wanted and made it happen. I’m so happy that you found a space that speaks to you. May you be beyond blessed, continually making things happen for yourself and others. So proud of you! Ask,Believe,Receive!

  • Tricia Rosas
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    SOSOSO happy for you!!!!!!!! You have worked so hard and deserve your perfect workspace – and more! Can’t wait to see how you decorate and what amazing things you’ll create there. Congrats!!!!

  • Jill McCarthy
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    So happy for you. Congratulations

  • Elyse Rodriguez
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    This is so amazing. I can understand the feeling of wanting to work on your own terms. As newbie to the event planning world,my home desk is my office. Having my store front would be a dream, but divine intervention is something I definitely believe in. When the time is right it will come. I’m so happy that time came for you. It’s empowering to watch other women succeed. I can’t wait for your grand opening and sharing in your achievements. Ha,I wish I could plan your grand opening party lol. Congratulations.

  • Crystal V. Brown
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    Congratulations on your new space Cara, this is an amazing opportunity and I look forward to seeing you glam up the place!!!

    XOXO,
    Diligent Living Co.

  • KATRINA
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    I’m so happy for you! I can’t wait to see your finished space!!!

  • Yolonda J. Washington
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    Congratulations! I can’t wait to see you working from your new space. I love the façade, so pretty!

  • Brianna
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    I can’t wait to see the space when it’s all done. I wish I had a place to go for an office some days rather than blogging and filming at home. I think it’s a great choice, and I’m looking forward to more about it.

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  • Natalie Lucas
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    Congrats!!!!

  • Gale Tracey
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    OMG!!!! You are a Girl after my Own Heart!!! I just started reading Girl Code and I AM BLOWN AWAY!!!! I DO NOT want the book to end and I am recommending to all my Sparkle Queens!!! I downloaded on Kindle but I will buy the Paperback so I can write in it!!! I am a Leo so of course I love anything that Sparkles including Champagne!! Looking forward to accessing all of your delicious Girl Code Awesomeness!

  • Julie
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    So proud of you Cara! It has been absolutely phenomenal to watch you grow! I literally CANNOT wait to see how you transform the space and see all the cool events take place there.

  • Shawn Price
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    I needed this today… Thank you Cara….

  • K. N. Jackson
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    I am so extremely happy for you. It is well-deserved. I hope the next time I visit my family in NY, I can stop by for a hug, an in-person book signing and some good energy. The universe is endlessly in love with you.

    Major congrats!

  • Kirsty
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    Congratulations!!!!! So happy for you and can’t wait to see when it’s all done!

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