Yes, we know the holidays are over. If you’re anything like us, you’re probably simultaneously breathing a sigh of relief and lamenting the sudden lack of twinkle lights in your life…but just because it’s over, doesn’t mean it’s out of mind.
A friend of ours, who happens to make fantastic jewelry, made the comment before the holidays about what an amazing thing it is to think of people she didn’t know opening pieces that she had made on Christmas morning.
And that’s a pretty fantastic thought.
While it may seem pretty obvious and straightforward on the surface, the truth of the matter is it’s pretty easy to lose that appreciation. We get sidetracked with inventory, shipping, ordering new bags and figuring out what’s been a good seller this year and what we still have piles of. We get bogged down with cleaning up the workshop, putting up (hopefully interesting) blog posts, taking pictures and getting things listed. All the every day details of working-just like with the every day details of life-sometime overshadow the awesomeness that is our work, and is our life. The fact that things we made were given with love and received with joy is something that is beyond amazing, and something we are truly grateful for.
So, with this first post of the new year, we are looking back. We are looking back with appreciation at all of the people who loved us, supported us, saw a bag and thought “that’d be perfect for Great Aunt Muriel!” and grabbed it. We are looking back with awe at the amazing year we had, and we are looking back in wonder at our friends who came through for us in ways we never could have imagined. We are looking back with pride with what we accomplished. And with all of that looking back, we are also looking forward with all of these things in mind for 2012, because darn it, we kicked ass in 2011 and we’re going to do it again this year…and we’ll be thanking, appreciating, and loving all of you the whole time. Here’s to a great year, peeps, and thank you for giving us the chance to look forward to more Meatbagz in (all of) our lives.