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Current Events Got You Down? Read This.

If you follow the news even a little bit, you've likely got that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach.

There's a lot of troubling things happening in the world right now, and the prevailing emotions seem to be fear and anger. It can be so tempting as a mom to be consumed by those emotions.

Worry for my children's futures. Fear for their safety every time I send them out into the dangerous world. Indignation over the way that others might treat my kids. Anger at the cruel words & hateful speech that appears to be infecting every single topic of discussion.

I refuse.

I refuse to allow myself to be drawn into that downward sucking spiral of negativity.

I refuse to cultivate the weeds of fear & anger in my garden and pretend that they're flowers.

I refuse to feed those impulses, tempting though it may be. Because like any monster, fear & anger only grow when we feed them.

May Gratitude Feed My Heart

Instead, I am choosing to focus on my feelings of gratitude. To celebrate every gift, no matter how small it looks. To call my life into the light and say that it is good.

I am so grateful to be the mother of two sweet, curious, adventurous, boisterous, silly boys—for there was a time when I feared I would never be able to bear children.

I am so blessed to have found a partner in every sense of the word, to have married my best friend & shared every dream with him—for there was a time when I despaired in my heart.

I am so thankful to be the boss of my very own company, to have received the help of so many loving hands, to have watched this spark of a dream begin to catch fire—for there was a time when I felt lost & without purpose.

I am so fortunate to package & ship orders to new customers every single day for the past month—for there was a time when I worried that no one would ever know about our small family business…or care.

I am so appreciative of every picture, every email, every comment & product review we receive. The kind messages from moms. The look in the eyes of a girl who has just made her own lip balm from scratch—for I had moments of deep anxiety during the course of our rebrand, unsure if it would resonate with girls & moms.

I am so stunned by the generosity of customers who return again & again to purchase a skin care kit, a deodorant, a lip balm. The people who vote with their wallets, who support this dream with their dollars—for this business would not stay in business long without the loyalty of return customers.

I Am So Grateful For You

There is no room for fear & anger in my heart today—for it's bursting with gratitude.

Thank you.

Thank you for inviting me into your inbox when you signed up for Bee-mail.

Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to read this. Even if you don't have the time to open my email every week, know that I appreciate you making the time to open & read this one.

Most of all, thank you for joining me on this journey. The most powerful weapon against fear & anger is our sense of connectedness to each other.

For when you know that you do not walk alone, you need never be afraid.

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1 comment

  • Sid Castellano

    Stories such as this – and there are hundreds of them across the country to be told – are more than just a source of hope and an antidote to despair; they are a foundation on which to build.

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