How ALX Community Changed My Life
ALX Community Happy Hour

That’s me, bottom left, cheersing to fun.

Kim Olsen is a freelance writer in Old Town Alexandria. She can be reached at [email protected]

In the spring of 2018, an email that would change my life forever hit my inbox. At the time, I was an editor at Washingtonian, and the email came from Maurisa Potts, whom I knew mainly as a PR guru covering all things Alexandria and beyond (I now consider her a dear friend).

Her news that day involved a co-working space set to open in Old Town, which also had an on-site juice bar and yoga studio. Knowing that I covered health and fitness for the magazine, and that there is no ceiling for my love for these ankle-turning, cobblestone streets, Maurisa thought I might be interested in covering it. Sure was.

That article was my first introduction to ALX Community. I had no idea how profoundly it would change my life, how in less than two years it’d give me not only a network of friends who are now my biggest supporters, but also an entirely new career, including a book deal—a lifelong dream of mine.

Wondering how it all happened? Here’s a timeline of what went down.

alx community old town alexandria alx community old town alexandria alx community old town alexandria

Looking back, there was no way of predicting the serendipitous series of events that would occur once I opened that email from Maurisa—that in less than two years, I’d write a book at ALX Community and launch a startup there. That I’d meet the kindest, most genuine folks, who I’m so proud to call my friends. 

Without a shred of a doubt, ALX Community changed my life. Will it change yours? 

Visit artofeloping.com for all the elopement inspiration and ideas you could want!