It is that time of the year when we all want to look back at what we have lived through in these last 12 months. This year was special for each one of us: apart from our private and professional lives, we created a shared project “for the soul” – Apéro à Paris.
We will not say it was easy, on the contrary: it was hard. It was frenetic text-tapping on Whatsapp on a daily basis. It was late night work meetings at Starbucks. It was passion, frustration, laughter and tears. It was a lot of self-doubt, but also a lot of self-encouragement. It was a lot of “team” and very little of “I”.
Today we want to look back at what we have achieved together with you, our reader, who is scrolling through this text.
Here are some facts:
200+ Instagram posts
2 events in Paris
2 new authors, who joined the team
2 new contributing photographers
And here are some personal stories:
The craziest thing I’ve done for Apéro:
Anastasia: “This June we organized our first event, a picnic at the Place Louis Aragon – a hotspot with a view on the Seine. Us being us, a lot of things happened spontaneously and in the last moment.
Us being us, a lot of things happened spontaneously and in the last moment.
Elena built a DIY picnic table (from wood scraps she found next to her flat!). I spent half a day in the Parisian tissue market in Montmartre to find the perfect coloured cloth (can you blame us for wanting a pink aligned to our logo?). And the highlight: Alexandra arrived to the picnic with a suitcase! It was the only way she could carry all the food and drinks we bought! Crazy? Maybe. But that night the garden lights illuminating our picnic shined brighter than any other!”
What’s it been like since I joined:
Anna: “The project introduced me to a circle of like-minded people. It sure does take a lot of time and energy, but it has also become my place of retreat. When I am working for Apéro, I am surrounded by creativity and immersed into a friendly dialogue with the team, which I very much enjoy. We’re all very different, but I think we’re united in our ambition to enjoy what we do for Apéro and the shared vision of where we want to go with this project.”
We’re all very different, but I think we’re united in our ambition to enjoy what we do for Apéro and the shared vision of where we want to go with this project.”
My hardest moment with Apéro:
Alexandra: “This moment is now! I am sat down writing this, while fighting with an insatiable desire to fall asleep!
I am sat down writing this, while fighting with an insatiable desire to fall asleep!
I think the hardest part for us all is combining a full time job or a full time university degree with work we do for Apéro. The reality is that you’re in a constant whirlpool of deadlines and you fight against time to try not to disappoint the team.”
2018 resolutions for Apéro:
Ekaterina: “In the new year I promise to note more, to feel more, and to share more!
“In the new year I promise to note more, to feel more, and to share more!
I promise to realise my dream and take my first interview for Apéro. Finally, I promise to try to cover more subjects, which form the core of modern societal debate.”
Elena: “More events for exchange in real life!
“More events for exchange in real life!
I have already penned down at least 2 ideas and I cannot wait to share with the team when we’re back from the holidays. I don’t want to tell them now since I already feel like I’ve been putting a big load on them the last couple of weeks!”
Expectation vs reality:
Aliona: “I never expected to uncover so many micro-processes that need attention in blog posting! We have to put a lot of communal effort into each article – every little detail counts. The amount of text, the choice of photographs, the proof-reading spell check, the layout, the font… And all of this is without the actual text that needs to be written and which requires an inspired author! I discovered that such a collective project needs a lot of organisation and time-management on behalf of every member.
I discovered that such a collective project needs a lot of organisation and time-management on behalf of every member.
Trust in each other and the understanding of the direction we want to take is crucial.”
A final word
We are infinitely grateful for every little word of encouragement you sent us. For every time you came to see us at an event. For every message you leave us. We love what we do, but we would be nothing without this small community that we have built together with you.