Were you like me and thought that maybe 2021 would be BETTER than the shock that was 2020?! Ha! I mean, what a year this has been. I really did take the downsides of the pandemic to try and look on the brighter side…I rediscovered my love of my high school sport, I agreed to let my kids have a puppy, and I made sure that my work/life balance was better than it had ever been (always a work in progress!).
But honestly, it all still sort of sucks. While I think many of us got more used to this alternate universe as we started to be able to do more things (thanks to vaccines and Covid cases dropping earlier this year), it’s also been this odd year of feeling like we’re all still stuck in another dimension (thanks to Covid cases rising again currently). The unknowingness of it all can take a toll on you (I know it has for me). So if you’re not feeling as jolly as you think you should be this time of year, it’s totally okay. You can be grateful for your life and health, and you can also be just over this pandemic and annoyed at the same time. I know I am.
What I do want to say is that during these highs and lows, I appreciate you all so much. The last couple years have been both a personal and professional shift for me, too. And, you’ve followed along and supported me through all of it. We launched some fun new products and debuted our house and studio reveals this year (and even made the cover of Domino!).
In 2022, my newest book, A Kids Book About Confidence will ship, we have some more new design collaborations coming that I simply CANNOT wait to show you, and lots more! Stay tuned…and till then, have a great start to the new year.
P.S. As always, if there is any content you would like to see from me here, please let me know in the comments!
Lead photo by Bethany Nauert from my studio entryway.
Thank you for putting into words why this shift into 2022 felt kind of blah for me. I’m very grateful for the good things; however, the feeling of deja vu with less of the panic, but all of it has been exhausting mentally over time. Congratulations on the positive additions to your year and life! Your videos with your husband during the pandemic gave me some peace of mind. Thank you! From a fellow quirky dance lover, thanks for still dancing around this part of the internet and continuing to put out your unique voice.
Thanks so much Giang!
A great new year to you also, and keep up the good work. Its a pleasure to read your blogs.
I was going through my photos the past two years and found the one from when I saw you at PHL and locked myself in that Bank of America (???) booth trying to grab a golden ticket for a free laptop. What a different, carefree time! Happy New Year to you and your beautiful family and looking forward to what’s coming up next for you.
Ah so crazy!! Yes, what a different time! 😛