Sorry I've gone silent for a couple weeks. It's been chaos at my house with one sick kid after another followed by my husband, and finally me. Bam! Dominos. A 24-hour misery factory run by the soundtrack of My Little Pony.
Do people in southern California get sick as much as people who suffer the season change? Is there seasonal affective disorder for people who live in L.A.? I'm thinking not. I'm also thinking I need to move some place sunny, STAT. California dreaming.
But hey, you know what? I'm sitting here with my personal space heater in my wee little office space at my day job, on the cusp of Thanksgiving, I am thinking how much I have to be grateful for -- not just this year, but for all the years I've been alive. I don't need The New York Times to tell me to choose to be grateful, by hey, a little encouragement never hurt. I've always known where my next meal is coming from, and I've never had to suffer the cold without indoor heating. I've not been chronically ill, nor have my loved ones, I've not seen war with my own eyes beyond what's transmitted to me through a screen. I am lucky, blessed, whatever you want to call it.
This year, I am thankful to have been given the opportunity and inspiration that has led me to create. That I've found something of my very own to nurture and build. I realize that so many moments in my life have brought me to this point, and to be able to make art and have people like it and buy it -- it's humbling. And also mind-blowing! Where is the mind-blown emoji when you need it?
I am thankful for social media. Some people knock it, but it's so wonderful to be able to connect with people and grow a business or a hobby using it. It's opened up doors for small businesses that would never have been possible even 10, 15 years ago. And I don't care what anyone says, I feel like I could meet some IG connections IRL and we'd go out and do some good damage!
(Quick shoutout to @designbytangee, @hookandweaveco, @ispydiy, @kokosnest, @carlykellerman -- for being awesome creators, supporters, and #girlbosses! Check out their work below and make sure to follow!)
I am thankful for a body that works. For hands that function and eyes that see.
I am thankful for my support network. My husband, and my in-laws, and the people who watch and teach my kids when I can't, or when I need some extra time to weave to meet a deadline.
I am thankful that I can give back. And so...
I will be donating 10% of November and December sales to The Sharing Place in Jersey City, NJ. They provide groceries, prepared and warm meals to NJ residents in need of a helping hand. They also offer volunteer opportunities so if you're in the area and want to lend a hand, you can. Check out The Sharing Place for more information.
Thanks for stopping by! I'm truly, sincerely, grateful.