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Life has been unpredictable with Covid, but we’ve all learned what
matters in time like this - living simply, loving our families, and
loving our environment. In some ways, the pause was a welcomed change.
It slowed down our chaotic schedules and took away some of the
responsibilities that made juggling family life with business
difficult.

Throughout my life, I’ve learned that change is something to embrace.
My husband and I had to move our family every three years because of
his Air Force job. Raising a family through this amount of change
taught me that change is an opportunity to grow strength and
resilience. As a mother, I’ve always tried to teach these qualities to
my children but didn’t often apply them to my own life.

When I’m in a comfort zone, where nothing changes, I don’t need to
push myself. I don’t need to grow. But I knew I didn’t want to spend
my life like that, avoiding new experiences and listening to my fears.
My husband and I decided to open Perch in 2009. It was a big decision
for us, and it was a big decision for me personally, to step off the
safe shore into the uncharted waters. After an incredible 10 years of
discovery, friendships, and hard work – more change is on the horizon.
After the closing of the brick and mortar storefront, I find myself
needing a little push again. I knew closing the store and
transitioning to an online presence would be challenging because it’s
a new way of doing business for me. I still prefer face-to-face
relationships, but I also want to embrace the potential of online
business. I’m excited to foster a creative community that extends well
beyond my physical zip code.

Community is the part of Perch I knew I would miss the most. Our space
welcomed so many conversations and fostered so many relationships. We
exchanged design ideas, health tips, travel ideas, and recipes. But
usually, it was the fact that we all felt heard and loved and
connected to something other than ourselves and our own problems. At
the end of the day, it was just simply loving each other for who we
are.

My step forward in my own evolution is continuing my creative path by
stepping out with my own jewelry collection that carries my name.
These are the pieces that tell my story and relationships to the
environment. The narrative is slow design, that is easy on me and the
environment. Slow design is about seeking to do everything at the
right speed, savoring the hours and minutes rather than counting them,
and taking the time to notice the world around you. Through this shift
in thinking, I began to explore our relationships with the natural
world and create new techniques to capture a time and place in nature.
I’m excited to share these processes, continue to push myself in my
craft, and continue designing jewelry for the pure love of making it!
The world is a better place when we all do more of what we love.

I’m excited to start our conversations again through this blog by
sharing techniques, stories, travel, books, and food. I would love to
hear from you. Let’s get connected again!

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