Posted on January 05, 2016
The new year has welcomed us with clear, frosty days, and caused us to relish snuggling up to a warm fire. In fact, we moved a little table in front of the fireplace on new year's eve, and enjoyed an intimate dinner for two right there. What a nice way to toast the wonderful year just completed and anticipate the new one unfolding!
It's so nice to reflect on the many details that made 2015 memorable. It began with following through on a resolution to act on the notion of creating more balance between work and play. We spent many hours over the winter making lists, talking, making more lists, and bouncing thoughts off friends Elizabeth and Heather, who volunteered to help us visualize and focus. The end result was fantastic!
Some of our accomplishments and transitions included getting back to the gym, revamping the website with the skillful help of our new friend Susan, saying goodbye to the farmers market, and planning and erecting a tipi with our friend John and a slew of others who showed up for a tipi raising on Easter Sunday, and again a few weeks later to celebrate its completion with a smudging ceremony.
We visited our daughter and her husband in Texas, took the dogs and our little camper to the beach at LaPush-twice!-and went on a two week vacation--the first in ten years! The bottom line: we had a positive, interesting year that involved meeting lots of new people, more playtime with friends and family than we can remember, and the best year ever for Sweetlife Farm, capped off by an amazing Christmas in the Country weekend and holiday season.
Sharing the sweet life means intersecting with many people, and we are grateful for how many there are to make memories with! Soap customers, jam fanatics, foodies, chefs, artisan cocktail lovers, tipi vacationers, makers of art, and friends who know how to do so many things, from gardening to cooking to construction to making everything imaginable: we love having each of you in our lives, and know that the overlaps among us make us all stronger, happier and healthier.
As the desks slowly emerge from piles of deferred paperwork and we begin the process of replenishing the shelves, we're thinking about new ways with new and old products. Some will go away, some will get new flavors and wrappings, and many will stay the same. It's so nice to have time to let the creative energy flow!
I've kept my new years' resolutions modest: my plan is to maintain the glow generated by last year's business decisions, grow more flowers for the sheer pleasure and beauty of them, and make lots of time for bicycle rides.