While I was gone this past week, I got to spend so much needed quality time with my immediate and extended family. My cousins are all guys and are all older than me except for one so my little sisters and I have always just felt like we were too far behind in age to get to connect to our cousins deeply. Over time though, one of our cousins has really become a brother to us, and luckily for me, he is deep in the world of business and marketing and is someone I trust and I want to work with. Getting to spend time with him this past week really helped me see my career dreams, as big as their are, as an actual possibility and all of our enthusiastic conversations just made me feel so ready to jump into creating more things, expanding my plans & expanding my brand. Though this past week was filled with mourning for my grandpa's passing and adjusting to the fact that my mom has cancer & will need lots of treatment, I still found so much beauty, comfort, & inspiration in all of the things I want to make and cultivate in my life, inspired by the fact that we are mere mortals & our time on earth is a short blip in history. Sometimes, having to face death and recognize that we are all human, we all pass away, our bodies decay, and we cannot stop time, can be the most freeing thing you can learn. So we don't have all the time in the world. Ok, so lets use the time we have to invest in ourselves, others, and the things we are most passionate about. Let's create, cultivate, & MAKE!
As I look at my list of things I want to make, I realize there are still some important things I left out. There are so many projects, things having to do with crafts & home DIYs, things having to do with planting & gardening, that I want to throw myself into. But beyond the smaller projects that I feel inspired to do, my trip home made me really see some major things I do deeply want to make happen in my life in the next few years. I want to start to really focus on how I can make the next steps in my life happen in time, transitioning a little handmade jewelry business into something bigger, moving my relationship from where it is now into what it can grow into in the future, something bigger than just the two of us in our teeny little apartment (cough, I'm desperately craving a puppy!), focusing more on how I can invest in my family & cultivate new relationships with family now that my youngest sister is about to turn 18 in the Fall, moving us all into an even playing field of technical adulthood. I don't need these major changes to happen immediately. But I recognize that beautiful and powerful things like these don't just fall into your lap, I must MAKE effort. I must cultivate & create in community with others. And over time, with a community of people making and creating, making things happen emotionally, physically, whatever the means, things can grow.
Which each step of 'MAKING' something, I want to have the mind set of where this physical action is leading me, or what it is supporting. With each home project, I am making something so that my home with my boyfriend feels ever more ours filled with effort & thoughtfulness. With each project that has to do with food, I am not only making for myself, but I am making for those I love, those who I can share fresh healthy food with! With each personal project, I am taking time to invest in something for myself, remembering that an investment in me is just as important as an investment in my community around me. The act of making is such a powerful thing. It can be simply an action that results in an object being made if that is all you want it to be. Or making can be an action that in it's process of creation & movement, inspires & pushes something deeper within yourself, initiating something new to be made internally as well. This week, I am challenging myself to make more dinners for me, my boyfriend, and my friends. On one hand, I need to just learn how to cook more! And on the other, the act of being able to make something that I know will be good for my body & good for the people I love is very special to me. And hey, the way to a lot of people's hearts is through their stomach, right? :) What will you make this week?
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