June 05, 2020
"What if 2020 isn’t cancelled?
What if 2020 is the year we’ve been waiting for?
A year so uncomfortable, so painful, so scary, so raw — that it finally forces us to grow.
A year that screams so loud, finally awakening us from our ignorant slumber.
A year we finally accept the need for change.
Work for change.
Become the change.
A year we finally band together, instead of pushing each other further apart.
2020 isn’t cancelled, but rather
the most important year of them all.”
It was a rather gloomy evening last Saturday night, with rain squalls on the horizon, as I was sitting on the river bank with Gidget. It’s almost as if the weather was reflecting the day that Saturday was — reflecting the culmination of days since a police officer kneeled on George Floyd’s neck and killed him. The last straw in a long list of injustice, inequality, police brutality, and racism (individual and systemic) in this beautiful country that we call America.
E Pluribus Unum. Out of many, one.
But, here we are in 2020, and we are not one because we as a country have yet to really understand the full extent of the racism in our country, myself included.
But, here we are in 2020 — a year of 20/20 vision— and "we need to take a deep look into our souls, a deep look into our unconscious bias. And make the changes we need to make. We need to be brave enough to learn. Brave to understand that we are part of the problem and part of the solution. Brave to start changing our world.”(Beautifully said @hello_mycatsandme).
And as I sat on the river bank reflecting on this, the past couple of days, and how I can do better, in the midst of the gloom and storm clouds, I turned my gaze to see two clouds float together to form the shape of a heart. A little sign from the Universe that I needed. And a sign from the Universe that is to be shared with you.
We can and we will come together. We can love each other and we will drive out hate.
--> "Better Together" <--
"I promise to not shy away from the hard conversations. They are necessary.
I promise to listen.
I promise to learn." (Gracias @amberhousley)
I promise to continue to share love and work to make our country, our world, a better place.
And if you're looking for a safe place to start up a conversation, I definitely don't have the answers, but I'm happy to listen, learn and grow, together. 💕
Let’s get to work. All lives will matter when Black Lives Matter too.
P.S. 50% of the proceeds of "Better Together" will be donated to Black Lives Matter and the ACLU.
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February 19, 2021
What’s the weather like in Costa Rica you ask?
Well, that all depends on where in Costa Rica you are. In fact, Did you know that even though Costa Rica is the size of West Virginia or Denmark, it has 20 microclimates?
February 12, 2021
Did you that there is a recipe for a magical photograph? And 1/4 of the recipe is during the editing process???
You see, the editing process is...
February 05, 2021
Sometimes you just need a little help from a friend. Especially while picking out artwork to hang in your home or to gift a loved one.
So if you’re stumped on which print from The Sunset Shop you’d like to gift next week for Val/Galentine’s Day(or to gift to yourself!), say hola to your new design friend - me(!) - and my new virtual design sessions!