Jessica rocking out at #nvfn

Last month, Jess Egli-Cannon and I organized our first #nvfn North Valley Friday Night. We started at Joe’s Grotto, then briefly moved to the Dubliner before settling in at Uncle Sam’s.

It was an absolute blast. An unforgettable blast, as a matter of fact.

What the hell is #nvfn anyway?

In short, #nvfn is a monthly opportunity to get together for a night of fun in the north Phoenix area. It’s one of several regularly-scheduled regional #pfn events. On the third Friday night of each month, we get together and hang out—and hilarity and a good time ensues.

A lesson in taking the initiative

Jess and I had met about a month before the event at the post-event dinner of Social Media Club Phoenix. We sat across the table from each other and chatted, and at some point the conversation turned to #pfn events and how the original organizer of #nvfn had to give it up. We decided right there that we should take the lead in re-establishing the event. A few days later, I checked in with Jess and we started the planning.

It’s amazing how easy it was to get this idea rolling. It took a random suggestion after a few minutes of conversation with a stranger: “Hey, maybe we should organize an #nvfn,” and a follow up message “Hey, so do you still want to organize that #nvfn thing?” to get started.

That’s it.

Over the last six months or so, I’ve gotten pretty active on twitter. I’ve consciously and successfully pushed myself to throw caution to the wind, step out from my introverted nature, and get involved with new people.

And I’ve learned—very clearly—that it’s incredibly easy to get value of out of taking that initiative. It’s a great life lesson to learn. The marketers at Nike have it right: Just Do It.

Seriously: Just. Do. It.

Tomorrow night we’ll be at Rock Bottom at Desert Ridge

The March 19 #nvfn will be starting at 7pm on the patio at Rock Bottom at Desert Ridge. We’ll undoubtedly retire to at least one other venue over the course of the night, so please check the twitter stream for details. I’d love for you to come and join in the fun. If you want to stay informed of future events, hit up the #nvfn facebook page or the #pfn announcement page.