Woo! The Attic’s Community Meeting #2 was a success and I couldn’t be more grateful. Personally, I was feeling a lot more relaxed and confident going into this meeting. I felt like Anna and I both learned so much from our inaugural meeting and all the amazing feedback we received, and it really helped us solidify where our company is headed and what our mission is.We started the day with a much calmer energy, partly due to the fact that we decided to host this second “soft launch” (as we keep calling it…) in my apartment in Crown Heights. Calmer energy was also fueled by delicious bagels and PB&Js from a favorite local hang, Lula’s. The sunny weather also helped, and spirits were high. Anna and I spent the afternoon transforming the space (my living room) into a beautiful, cozy environment. Naturally, if you haven’t figured it out yet, this type of cozy environment includes a sheet fort, lights, blankets, hot drinks, and cake. We set up the stations, started the playlist, and finished a few frantic details with the help of my roommate, Rachael, who was recruited last minute and gracious enough to help (hallelujah).
As people started showing up, the vibes were flowin’. There were lots of familiar faces, a few new ones (!), and everyone seemed to be enjoying the stations, conversations, and relaxation. It really was magical, especially because it showed me once again what a great foundation of people we have starting this journey with us, and how valuable their support is to this new community.
We did our usual “Check-in” and it was really cool to just hear what was on everyone’s minds. After that, we moved into our “Disconnection Section” where phones were put away, music was turned off, and all verbal communication ceased. Some people continued to play games, (which resulted in the most epic tower of Jenga ever), while others got more *zen* with creative exercises and reading. Anna and Ciro wrote some beautiful poems, and Sydney had some really lovely insights that we chatted about as well. I always feel so refreshed after this part of the meeting!
Things kept on movin’ when we started crafting with clay. Since we had access to an oven at this event, we were able to “bake” our creations into jewelry, key chains, and a random swan designed accidentally by the one and only Matt Claar 😉 Then somehow…tarot cards where mentioned, so I ran back to my room to get my deck. I’m new to doing readings, so it was a ton of fun for me to practice. The afternoon ended with some more good vibes, a few final clay projects, and plenty of promises to see each other soon at future Attic events. Like I said, a success!