introducing audrey baker, one of our new volunteers
Hi everyone! I'm Audrey and I love everything.
No, seriously. I do. I love my family, my partner, our cats, my morning ritual. I love the space of our apartment that I've spent the entirety of the pandemic nesting and getting to know every corner. I love the energy that humans give our environments and communities. I love people, the way we think, fell, communicate, and navigate our lives. I love the energy we give to our spaces to create whatever atmosphere we're craving at that moment. I love to hear why you're sad, why you're happy, why you're confused or scared. I love to help people digest that, celebrate our emotions, and process them. We, as humans, spend a vast amount of time fighting our feelings. I love to embrace the bad, the good, the ugly. I love to help people feel heard.
I found Do Good Co. stumbling up 39th Street one afternoon this summer. I stepped into the (previous) store and shopped around. As I did so, Ashley and I had a conversation. We chatted about sustainability, fast fashion, tips and tricks for sewing jackets, and that I had just relocated 30 days prior to quarantine in KC from D.C. Our conversation stuck with me - in fact, I couldn't shake it; I knew I wanted to be involved with Do Good Co. and I knew I wanted to share my passion for sustainability with like-minded others. I mustered up the courage to contact Ashley, as I wasn't sure what I had to bring to this inspiring table.
I want to talk a little bit about why I'm passionate about sustainability. Compulsive, as an adjective, is who I am to the core. I spent my youth drinking, drugging and drowning out my emotions. I spent my early 20's recovering and rebuilding. I turned to compulsive shopping to curb cravings, one addiction for the other. As my life and career excelled and blossomed, I felt rewarded, but still empty. I was accomplished and felt fulfilled, but still sought something to ease my natural emotions because I wasn't comfortable feeling them. In June 2019, I moved from Colorado to D.C. I realized just how much...stuff I had. What was all this stuff? What was it for? What did it accomplish for me? The answer to all of these questions: Absolutely Nothing. I started to shed my belongings, as well as my craving to emotionally bury. I allowed myself to feel openly. I stopped shopping new, I stopped buying extra, I dove into sustainable brands and organizations, I started asking, "What is this (item's) purpose in my life?"
Now let's fast forward. As I've started my time with Do Good Co., I've realized so many things. Most importantly, that my energy is real (so is yours!!), it can be felt, and there is so much power in that. Sustainability is not only recycling, donating, upcycling items (while this is a HUGE component); it's about trying to change the world. Changing the world isn't easy, or maybe it doesn't sound feasible, maybe because it isn't. But finally I found a tribe that craves the change, too.