Fridays are for Friends: Life. Happens.

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Life. Happens. We all are doing the best we can.

Sometimes, I need a space outside of my house. This was one of those days, where I knew I needed to get to Indie Alley. Maybe not necessarily to work but to escape dishes, holidays, cleaning… all the things and breathe. I know we all need that.

The beauty of Indie alley is that even though it’s a shared work space, it’s a place where I can be myself. I feel comfortable here, as I do at home. A few days ago, I had to take a personal call with my parents. Sadly, my family lost 3 homes in the recent Camp Fire. My parents, grandparents and uncle all lost their homes. My parents were enroute to Butte County to see their property for the first time since the devastation of the camp fire that broke out November 8th. I could hear my mother’s anxiety and the looming realization that they have lost everything even though they had seen pictures. Seeing their home in ashes is even more confronting in person than viewing it in pictures. I could feel all of her sadness, anxiety and loss through my mother’s voice. I was doing my best to hold myself together, to support my parents during the call.

As soon as the call ended, I was a hot mess. I was trying to keep it under wraps as my usual pals weren’t here yet. I didn’t want to burden the folks working in the space with the weight of my family’s devastation. Of course, the universe works as it does and a fellow coworker at The Indie Alley, Jennifer from Sustainable Fairfax, whom I don’t really know, heard my conversation and came to check on me. Her sincere concern and positive energy was exactly what I needed at the time. She didn’t have to set aside her work and time to listen me and offer support. She befriended me in my time of need. So #grateful.

I was reminded of a recent time I was with a friend I’ve known since preschool. She recently purchased a backpack with a cozy blanket for a 4 year old. She purchased those to donate so that it’s portable with necessary items. A bag of goodness. This idea had been rolling around in my heart and in my thoughts for days. Then, I shared this idea with Jennifer. She jumped in on the idea and we began to make some traction to this idea. What a gift to turn a crisis into positive impactful action! So much gratitude for the community here at The Indie Alley.

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