WHY THE ROCKSTAR COLLECTIVE?
THE DAY I MET SAM, I WENT HOME AND WROTE IN MY JOURNAL, "JUST HAD THE MOST AMAZING CLASS. OUR TEACHER IS SAM HARMER. I THINK HE'S GOING TO CHANGE MY LIFE."
I just knew it. Some students had already had him for a semester, so I felt a little left out - because everyone was so close. He pulled a couch in from the hallway (lol) and brought every student that he hadn't had last semester up for an interview in front of the whole class. He asked me a question about Star Wars. He called me by my first name. He made me feel welcomed. I felt like I was home in that room. He made me feel valued, important, and smart. He made everyone feel that way. He helped me through my anxiety, depression, and overall exhaustion of being a college student. I looked forward to every class of his because I knew it would involve laughs, learning, and sneaking wine in our Starbucks cups. (Sorry Sam!!!) He made the people in that room family, he brought us under his wing, and he grew with us.
The first day he called us rockstars, I got chills in my whole body. Something about it just stuck. It was the first time I felt confident (and not terrified) about life after graduation. Sam changed my whole world. I think he changed everyone's whole world.
When sam passed away in august of 2017, a light in everyone's life went dark.
In January, I got a tattoo of the word 'rockstar' in his handwriting on my arm. It was my first tattoo, my first real commitment to something permanent, and I love it. In the months that passed, I would look at it everyday and think about Sam. Sometimes I'd smile, sometimes I'd cry, but I always felt like he was right there next to me. I started to consider a rebrand in my business. HB+me was created by a 21 year old, at 11:30pm, as I was wound up on espresso, trying to create a website through teary eyes. It was cute, it was simple, it didn't need explaining, so it was done. As I approached my 1 year business anniversary (a coveted, very special moment), I was growing tired of HB+me. I knew that if, one day, I wanted to hire someone under me, would they light up at the thought of working at HB+me? Probably not. My business was all about me in my first year, but now it's all about you. All about my clients and the relationships with people. The Rockstar Collective seemed like a no-brainer. It was everything that Sam instilled in all of his students and everything I pushed a little harder each day to be.
I hope you like it, Sam. We miss you every day.