Have you ever had an out of body experience? A time where you floated outside of yourself, not fully possessed in your body but fully possessed in the moment? That is the only way I know how to describe the evening of July 10, 2017.
As I stood in the kitchen of my friend Hardie's house watching, in awe, as Wellness Editor Paige Stoll (with the help of her generous and gracious mother and sister) prepared food for the 40 women coming to celebrate the launch of The Fold, I thought of everyone who made the site and the night possible.
My goal of creating an intimate evening that felt genuine and thrived in connectivity was made possible, much like the site itself, through the efforts of some amazing and generous women. I thought of my dear friend Carly, whose gorgeous "Foldover Clutches" were going home with each attendee. I thought of AJ, who spent hours choosing and clearing the crystals inside each clutch, Jordan who designed buttons for the occasion. I thought of Stephanie who enlightened us all with her astrological wisdom and Sera, who graced us with a gorgeous performance (alongside Alex). I thought of Elizabeth, who flew across the country on her 40th birthday to join us and spent the afternoon helping with prep. And I of of course thought of Paige (and her mother and sister), who with food provided by our friends at Metropolitan Market , designed and created the menu for the evening. Finally, Hardie, whose home provided an idyllic backdrop for a Seattle summer night.
I thought of all the women who throughout the course of the year + journey to create The Fold spent hours brainstorming with me, offered words of support and encouragement, shared their design expertise and created original artwork. It was all a bit overwhelming and I was, I am, immensely grateful.
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“I don’t know how somebody can look at somebody, without knowing anything about them, and just project all this negativity that then turns into hate,” she says. “It’s hard for me cause I just don’t get it because I don’t look at anybody and feel that way.”
I recounted this to Hardie, she looked at me, smiled and said, "You're so lucky." I could only reply "I know, I know."
The Fold has been a labor of love and it was exciting and humbling to realize that it was not just me launching this project, we were all launching it. Because in some capacity, we all need this space.
Finally, thank you to the women of the Seattle community for coming out in force to celebrate this new online publication. It was a night I will never forget.