At the end of February of this year, my husband, our daughter, our cat and I moved out of our apartment to camp out at my parents’ home in upstate New York for what we thought would be two to three weeks as we prepared to move into a new apartment in Brooklyn. We had one of those unraveling days of movers and cleaning and leaving things on our old stoop in hopes that passersby would find some treasures. We finally made our last trip down the stairs, drove the hour north and cozied around the dining table. My dad said, “Well, here’s to it,” and raised his glass. I said, “Here’s to always being able to come home,” and made a nod of gratitude mixed with a smirky self-awareness of what a “millennial” thing I was doing.
The timing of our move was fortuitous, as we all know the next couple of weeks unfolded in a way that hardly anyone anticipated. Chiefly, we didn’t risk my parents’ health to come be with them. At first, we were all bumping against one another, but we’ve now been here long enough to settle into a schedule of work and baby care and taking time for ourselves. I am never excelling at all three of these things at the same time, but occasionally I feel like I’m in a flow state. So, I’m sharing a few things that are working for me (and some things that are definitely NOT working for me).
(Social) Media Consumption
We raised our first bit of institutional capital just before COVID-19 set in. So, I’ve also been spending time talking to other entrepreneurs, investors and customers on how they are making heads or tails of this market and what is to come. Setting aside the gravity and the risks to everyone’s health, safety and ability to make ends meet, I’m fascinated by the current state of retail and writing the future of it.
I started Rebecca Allen to help women move through their work world effortlessly, but I am driven by a commitment to the advancement of women, particularly women of color, at all levels and stages of work. As women, we’re finding ourselves disproportionately affected by this economy, but I believe that we will emerge with new opportunities that will lead to more flexibility and ultimately more, and better, paths toward financial freedom.
Click here for a little peek at how we’re working to solidify this future. I want to give a special shout to my friend Meg Stacker for shooting me and my squirrely girly on FaceTime - Meg's work is amazing and fun, and she's working on a beautiful series of mamas living, loving and making it through quarantine.
I hope you and yours are safe and sound. I'd love to know what you're doing to make this time work for you - so hit me at rebecca [at] rebecca-allen.com.
Standing up (in sweats),