Sometimes we get stuck. I honestly think that’s where I’ve been lately. Stuck. It’s hard to get unstuck. Once you’ve fallen in a hole, it’s hard to get out.
I can’t express my gratitude for my partner. Granted at times we sit in the hole together and cry about how we’re stuck. But often, she has a way of helping me get out of the hole. I don’t know how she does it, but I’m grateful as hell for her.
As I have been complaining about for going on a year now, the city of Atlanta will not issue permits for events. You see events happening, though don’t you? Hell, they’re reopening Six Flags. So what’s the deal with festivals? It’s a mystery that I don’t understand and honestly it impacts a LOT of small businesses. But at the end of the day, the city controls the permits. So it is what it is.
Please don’t misunderstand me. I want people to be safe. I want to see folks wearing masks (and wearing them properly). And I want events to practice social distancing. But I’m really struggling with why the city of Atlanta has allowed brick and mortars (even non essentials) to reopen, but still won’t allow outdoor events to get permits. Again, it’s a mystery. An ass backwards mystery.
It is true that the Governor has issued a ban on gatherings of 50 or more. But it honestly doesn’t seem to be getting enforced anywhere except Atlanta. Ya know what, I could stand on this soap box for hours. Let me jump down and get back to what this post is about. Being stuck.
Getting back on track…
Most of the events I participate in are located in…..you guessed it…..Atlanta. And since the city has shut down events (have I mentioned that already?), they’ve cut off a major source of income for me. Yesterday my partner, Courtney, said “we should really look and see what’s going on outside of Atlanta.” In hindsite, that sounds like a logical next step, but when you’re stuck in a hole, nothing is logical.
Sing it, Reba!
So we looked. And guess what?!?! There is life out there! Maybe not as much as there used to be, but it looks like some cities are bringing back their events. So today we applied to several. Who knows if we’ll get in any of them. But it feels really freaking good to think about the possibilities of potential shows again. AND we did get accepted to participate in the Marietta Square Artisan Market. It’s a weekly event that happens Saturday from 9am-2pm! We will be there THIS Saturday (3/6/21)! I’ve actually updated our website with our current event schedule. I’ll do my best to keep it updated regularly.
It feels good to think I may have a chance to bring in an income. It’s truly motivating! I’ve been stuck in this hole for so long, I honestly started to wonder if there was a light. Fingers crossed the rejection letters are few and that we can fill our weekends with events. Thanks for tolerating my endless depression, anxiety, and whining this last year.
‘Til next time,