However, one of the biggest lessons that I learned this year - during the unprecedented COVID-19 Pandemic, is that the things that we plan for (big or small) with the best of intentions, don't always happen or turn out the way we had expected or hoped for, despite the time and effort that it took to prepare. I learned that it was okay to let go of what was or what was supposed to be and tried to be grateful for what I had instead of focusing on what I didn't have. I tried to be present and in the moment, which is a definite stretch for a detail-oriented, project focused planner like me. I had to learn how to lower the expectations I had for myself and for Blue Bird. I focused my attention and efforts on the current week because if I thought too far ahead, I became overwhelmed and anxious because the future was so unknown. Shortening my To-Do List was one of the ways that I practiced self-care and kindness. Making new jewelry and working at the boutique were my main focus over the past several months. Strategic planning, marketing and promotion and extras like blogging often fell to the wayside but I tried my best to not beat myself up about it or feel like I failed.
This year has been filled with so much pain, struggle, turmoil, grief and loss on a global level and not only related to COVID. Everyone has been affected in some way or another; on some level - there are very few people (if any) that can honestly say that they have been unaffected by the events and happenings of 2020. Many businesses have closed and more may need to shut their doors in the coming weeks and months. And although I do not know what the future holds for me or for Blue Bird, I am happy and grateful to share that I have renewed my lease and plan to keep Blue Bird Jewelry Hawaii Boutique open for another year at Ward Centre. I have this privilege and opportunity because of YOU, my customers. Without you and your generous support, I could not continue to do what I do and I could not have the boutique.
So I wanted to say, "THANK YOU" and that I'm grateful to also be able to say, "I'm still here". I hope that when you feel safe to do so, you will consider visiting us at Ward Centre at our cozy little boutique, filled with pretty, sparkly things made by hand with lots of love, positive intention and joy.
Please be well and stay safe and healthy,