Changes

Over the last six months of 2017, I took on a huge renovation project on my personal home.  We lifted the house off the foundation, put a new basement under it, added a large addition onto the house, and update the bathrooms & kitchen.  It was a much larger project than anticipated.  I ended up working 90 hour weeks for those 6 months.  As the project was nearing the end, I began to look at life and what it would look like once normal life started again.  I began to realize that I had been juggling a number of balls for the past few years and it was time to simplify life some.  My wife and I considered a number of options as to how to do so before settling on stepping out of The Armory.  So today, February 28, is my final day operating the Armory.  The web development company next door, Radial Development Group, will be taking over ownership of the space tomorrow.  I am grateful that the space, the community will live on past my involvement and for Ben & Rebekah West taking on the Armory.  Their commitment to keeping the Armory as a resource for the community and a place to connect makes me proud to hand off The Armory to them.

As I sit here writing this post, I am reminded of the dozens of members that have been a part of the community here.  I can remember how I met each one, conversations that we had, celebrations over victories in life and work, hard times of set backs or losses, ideas that come to life, and many connections made between members.  I am grateful for the opportunity to have been able to bring coworking to Loveland; to be able to be a catalyst for many groups like Loveland Open Coffee, NoCo JavaScript Meetup, Made in Loveland, and others; to provide a space for purposeful and meaningful work to be done; to be able to create a home for the freelance, entrepreneurial, & creative community in Loveland.  

I will miss the members the most.  So many are no longer members, but continue to be friends.  I smile when I see them in the coffee shops or stores around the city.  I will treasure this oppotunity, this time in my life as a special time.  I look foward to continuing to see the community grow and thrive here in Loveland.  

Thank you to all the members that have been part of the community. 

Thank you to all the supporters of me and The Armory in the Loveland business community. 

Thank you to Angel from Cohere for encouraging me to start a little Meetup in a coffee shop that is now The Armory. 

Thank you Ben and Rebekah for continuing the vision for building a strong community of freelancers, entrepreneurs, and creatives in Loveland.

Thank you, most of all, to my wife, Leah, for being behind me and for me in this adventure of life and business.  I couldn't have done it with out your encouragement and love through all the ups and downs.  I love you.

 

 

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Jason, Thank you for creating the Armory! Coworking is always about community and the Armory's is rich and warm. Along the way, you built a catalyst for the changes we're seeing in Downtown Loveland. Not bad work! Enjoy the new balance in your life!
Jaason, Sad news but so glad to hear someone is picking it up. All the best to you! I just accepted a work from home job so will likely be stopping by and re-upping at some point. I'm sure the community will miss your careful caring concerned leadership of this space and the community it represents.
Jason, Thank you for all you have done with the Armory and the co-working community in general in Loveland. I haven't been a member for some time now, but I wouldn't be where I am without the Armory. Thank you for all your support over the years, and good luck and Godspeed in all you do from here on!

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