I was fortunate enough to have a friend with a car, who had gone through a similar situation and knew where to start. She drove me to Health & Human Services in Marin County where I could apply for food stamps and healthcare assistance. I wasn’t able to file for unemployment because I had started my own consulting firm, but anything was better than nothing.
Sitting in the room surrounded by others with worse situations really put things into perspective and made me appreciate just all I did have. I still had a home, although I was receiving eviction notices every month. Somehow I was able to scrape up the money just in time, but it was such a horrible feeling. How could this be happening? When I graduated from university I thought things would be so different. I was so looking forward to a bright and fulfilling future and not at all with what I was being dealt. Although I questioned the why, I knew things could be a lot worse and I was grateful for all I did have.
I continued to work hard as my consulting firm celebrated its one year anniversary and I had big plans for what I wanted from my business. I created a new website for the business and one specifically for my photography which I named the CALI COLLECTION. I also decided I wanted to create a book of my photographs, but what would the focus be? Well, after much thought I decided to create a book based on my hometown, Sausalito, California. I organized the layout and came up with 40 of my favorite photographs.
I continued to network and through one of my connections, I was introduced to a book designer and showed him my work. He suggested I add words to the book to accompany the photographs and create an 80-page book. I decided to fill the pages with inspirational phrases, just one or two lines of words that I came up with, words of wisdom that I learned over the last six months of this journey. I had a beautiful 80-page book that I submitted to Blurb to have printed.