We have had major changes over here and it is time to celebrate ! Like the painting above, I now feel like I am working in unison with the wind instead of being tossed around by it!
A few years ago, we made the big move from Syracuse, NY to Asheville, NC. In the process, I decided to go with a third party shipping company to package and ship all of my etsy and wholesale orders. It made sense at the time because of the transition and uncertainty in our living situation.
It worked for a while, until it didn’t anymore. Distressed, I talked to a shop owner/friend here in Asheville who has extensive experience in the gift and stationary industry. She said something that took my breath away. It is important that as our business grows, we make sure to hold on to the soul of the business.
That sense of connectedness, the heart and soul of my business, felt lost in the far away warehouse that was shipping all of my products. I knew it was time to make a change and I felt fear rise and regret for past decisions. It was so stressful!
Those times of upheaval continue to give the biggest gifts. After some praying, meditation, talking it out with friends, listening to my inner wisdom and long hikes in the mountains, I finally knew exactly what to do.
Where we are today:
My entire shipping business has been moved back into the hands of my beautiful, long time assistant, Janna, with the help of my second assistant, Susan. I love both of these women. Susan is an utterly delightful vegetarian and animal advocate who does most of the handwork – assembling greeting cards and prayer flags. Janna is organized and empathic and spills over with loving kindness. She takes care of the shipping operation, including etsy and wholesale. I am shipping from my home studio as well. It’s a team effort.
We brought the business back to our Heart and Soul.
I can’t even express how happy that makes me feel. Janna and I have made it a number one priority to package every single order with the most loving care possible. Each order is carefully wrapped in colorful tissue paper and everyone will receive free extras, because we are so grateful for you.
One more sweet thing about Janna- She is a healing touch, reiki and EFT tapping practitioner and does energy readings. Before each package is taken to the post office, Janna puts her hands on it for a few moments, sending uplifting energy to all of you.
Back to the heart.
Thank you for buying from small businesses, independent artists, and made in the USA. I want you to know how much I care about and appreciate you.