I started writing a new year’s post 10 days ago, full of light messages about fresh starts and blank pages. 2020 was a hard year and a wild ride for most of us, and although I found some solid silver linings to cling to, I was ready to wallow in the notion of a new beginning. Then I got distracted from my writing for a couple days, and by the time I returned, our congress was under siege, and I had a healthy reminder that our issues don’t just go away because our calendar has a new date.
Still, I feel hopeful. There are vaccines in production, important and overdue conversations about civil rights are happening, and we now have a government that believes in the threat of climate change and has vowed to address it. There’s a long way to go, but I believe we’re on the right path.
For me, 2020 started out looking one way: I went into the year feeling a little lost and burned out, and had planned to take a step back to reconsider the path forward. But then, along with the horrors of Covid 19, came a new reality and a new perspective. I got busy (really busy – thank you, customers!), which prompted me to get my creative cap back on and design new fabric. And for safety’s sake, I went back to being a 1-woman show, which reminded me how much I enjoy all the aspects of running this business. And then, being forcibly homebound has given me a much needed chance to rest and recharge. It feels almost wrong to credit such a terrible event with personal restoration, but I really needed this time to be with my people (while missing all my other people terribly), skip the errands and engagements, and stay home playing board games and working puzzles. If I were a different person I would grant myself those times without being forced to slow down, but apparently I don’t operate that way. It was definitely one of the silver linings I mentioned.
So now, as we start this new year, I’m feeling inspired and energized, and somehow more centered. I got to reconnect with some of the habits and projects that fuel my creativity, and I’m excited to share more of that here, a little more of the why (and also how) behind the fabric. Here’s wishing you a happy, creative, joyful and healthy 2021!