Episode 19: An Event Designer from New York, a Photographer in MN, and My Oldest Friend in Kansas — Michaela, Erica and Maria

You and Me and Everyone We Know is an audio diary made by everyday people living through the Covid-19 pandemic, and in today’s episode, we’re talking to an event designer who’s facing an uncertain future as events close down across the country. We’re also talking to a photographer who’s using this time to find peace in her work and joy in her young family. And we’ll talk to my oldest friend who’s raising her daughter in small-town Kansas. Press play below to listen to the latest episode (or find it on Apple PodcastsSpotify, Google Play Music, and Stitcher):

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Michaela, Erica and Maria share their story...

In the first part of this episode, we’re talking to Michaela. Michaela worked as an event designer in New York City before returning home to build a family in Minnesota. We talked on April 3, and things were still so new for all of us. Michaela is an event designer, working with organizations to host their biggest company events. Now, during this pandemic, she’s looking ahead to a lot of unknowns. She and her husband have a sweet baby boy, and in the first days of the pandemic they had a huge decision to make… 

In the second part of this episode we’re talking to Erica. Erica and I met years ago taking classes at Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis. Both of us left pottery behind when we had kids, but we stayed connected online, watching each other welcome kids into the world. When we talked on April 13, Erica was still in the middle of self-guided sabbatical, a break from her every day habits and routines… it was quite the setup heading into a pandemic… 

In the last part of this episode, we’re talking to Maria. Maria is my oldest friendwe’ve been friends since elementary school. We grew up together, got through our high school years together… watched each other fall in love and have kids. Now she’s raising her daughter in Kansas. We both moved away from our home state of Texas. Maria and I talked on April 13, and honestly, there’s nothing like hearing a familiar voice that’s meant so much to you for so many years… 

Here’s some of the things we talked about in this episode:

Covid-19 and…
-An Incredible Nanny
-Childcare options
-Event Design
-Farm babies
-All the cancelled events
-Going inward
-A mom on a mission
-Social media keeping people connected. 
-Suddenly stay-at-home parents
-Freelance work 
-Naptime anxiety
-How many books Obama reads
-Are You There Vodka? It’s me, Chelsea.
-Post-partum depression and anxiety
-The gifts of shut down
-Lake Styrofoam
-Passing away
-Missing the place you were born
-Working on a base tan
-Tik Tok videos
-Families with grown kids
-Living in a tiny boring town
-Childproofing as your babies get older
-The island in the middle of the table of stuff you don’t want the kid to grab


Find Michaela’s event design here: www.lucent.blue/
Find Erica’s photography here: www.ericaloeks.com

The picture Maria promised of the Lake Styrofoam Owl!

Thank you for listening. 

And thank you to Michaela, Erica and Maria for coming on the podcast and for connecting with all of us. 

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