Today marks 7 years since the official opening of La Mistinguette Studios, May 18th 2013.
This past week I’ve heard La Mistinguette Studios be described by professionals that have been working here over the past 2 to 5 years as, “magical”, as the place where “I’ve found all my best friends”, as a place that “was supportive and made me feel safe” and was “the reason I could build my business”.
I certainly hoped and liked to imagine each of the professionals who called La Mistinguette Studios home to their business, really liked working from here. But hearing just how much they have loved this work space and knowing it has provided exactly what It was intended to, has filled my heart so much. I am very grateful to have been able to see my vision for a unique workspace become a reality, and even more grateful for the community that has developed as a result.
Although I do hope for a return to a rather “normal” level of worry regarding health, safety, and financial concerns of day-to-day life, I somehow find myself cringing when I hear people wanting things to go “back to normal”. My personal experiences with COVID-19 thus far can be considered mild compared to those whose experiences are the basis for such heightened fears. Nonetheless “back to normal” feels overwhelmingly like it would be a return to somewhat blindly moving through life. Back to a full schedule of “non-essential” to-do lists. Back to being on-the-go, a hard-pressed busy-bee, and all the other hyphenated and non-hyphenated descriptions of the daily-grind in a big city. Back to merely existing in our routines, not consciously and thoughtfully living.
“Back to normal” would mean not having been essentially forced to evaluate and reevaluate, well, everything. Truly appreciate our interconnectedness, our impact on the world and each other, recognizing the...