My birthday was this Saturday. I don’t really like to make a big deal out of it, but I do see it as an opportunity to practice gratitude.
On Saturday, I got together with a few of my closest friends; relaxed with people who I’ve known since I was 19 or 20. We weren’t children when we first met, but we were young. We’re still young now, but now we’re also more self-assured. We’ve been working in our careers for quite some time, and some of us are in long-term relationships. We’ve supported one another through hardships and challenges, and celebrated the exciting successes.
I’m grateful for the relationships I have in my life. I’m grateful I can pluralize that word. What I appreciate most about the friendships I’ve nurtured over the years, is the way we honour change and growth within one another, recognizing that who we are isn’t who we’ll always be. We practice mutual respect, and as a result I’ve always felt safe in their company – free to be who I am.
I’m grateful that I’ve been able to schedule more downtime this year than I have in the past. I can see myself creating even more of a work/life balance in the coming year as the collective continues to grow. I’m excited to watch the business begin to truly flourish.
I’m grateful for my niece who was born in January. She’s the apple of my eye. I didn’t know I could love a little being so much until I met her, and I’m so happy to have her in my life. I love how she brings my family together. She’s so unifying and beautiful.
And finally, I’m grateful for the support of my family, my life partner, the Devi Arts Collective team, and for all of the people who’ve supported and shared my work.
For my very first backpacking trip, I connected with a good friend (and seasoned traveller) to explore Colombia. I was in University at the time, getting my degree in Biology. I hadn’t even started to consider a career as a jewelry designer, although looking back… I think this experience may have ignited a flame.