Oh, it is so very sweet to be home. Pardon my radio silence as I’ve been soaking up every second of my time with family and friends. This past weekend was a huge reunion of life-long friends at one of my best friends’ weddings and the comfort of familiar things is always such a warm feeling in these briskly cold months.
I take so much for granted and since arriving here I’ve been reminded at how blessed I am in every facet of life. Being surrounded by such love is something always worth celebrating and cherishing. This year I’m most thankful for my family and friends. I love my family in exactly the state that we’re in – learning and growing in our relationships while having a healthy sense of humor and fighting for clear communication and understanding. I’m thankful for my crazy, obnoxious friends who continue to love each other throughout our relationships and in spite of distance and countless embarrassing moments.
This season is a solid reminder that there is always something to be thankful for. I hope you all have a wonderful, heart-warming time with people you love. Happy Thanksgiving!
[ photo by Sweet Root Village, edited + typeset by Megan Soh ]
Last week was full of learning and being event support for Nearly Impossible, a conference for makers and shakers [as opposed to movers & shakers]. Day 1 was chock full of speakers from Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co. and Harley Finklestein from Shopify to Rachel Schectman, founder of STORY and probably my favorite, Seth Godin! It was inspiring to hear the inside stories of some of these small businesses, varying perspectives on what the future holds for makers and sellers of product, and action steps to growing your business. Day 2 kicked off with an expert lab where there was 1-on-1 time to ask an expert about your business – from the editorial editor of Chronicle Books to the brand manager of e-commerce at Mailchimp. Eliza Blank, entrepreneur and founder of The Sill, got my gears turning every which way during my expert lab session. I don’t own a business, but maybe one day I will! The rest of the day was focused on workshops and speaker panels and capped off with a pitch night at STORY – such a cool storefront in NYC!
The conference was such a whirlwind, I was glad to sleep in and bum around the city for a bit on Saturday. And then of course I had a grand adventure picking up Craigslist furniture. The dining table wouldn’t fit in the cars, so Angela and I carried + rolled it a substantial number of blocks and hauled it up the stairs. How’s that for a Sunday? It was a great weekend, but I’m really thinking this as the week begins.
I’m the girl that likes to anticipate what’s coming next or know if I can expect a change well ahead of time. And I love being prepared, probably to a fault. Over time and battling my stubbornness, I’ve learned you can never be prepared enough, and in some situations perhaps that’s a good thing because then steps in faith. Things happen unexpectedly and when it’s clutch time, what do you choose? What decisions do you make? What road do you take?
I’ve always wanted to be ready and waiting around with my ducks all lined up in a row for major life changes, but many times this week I’ve been stopped in my tracks being reminded that I’m not as in control of my life as I think I am. My human limitations glare at me in the face and I slow down, breathe, cry, and reframe my thoughts and my heart. There are many things that I fear – the unknown and change are two big monsters in my closet, but this weekend I’m leaping even though in many ways I’m not ready.
To faith and trust that the Lord has my future. And it is good.
[ photo by Sweet Root Village / edited + typset by Megan Soh ]