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Why 2016 was a Year for Hopefulness

Ask around, and you’ll likely find people talking about how 2016 was a “bad year.”

It’s not just people talking either. Take a look online.

If you type “Why was 2016” into Google right now, the top auto-fill result is “Why was 2016 such a bad year?”.

The think-pieces started in the summer (like this July Slate article or this one in Foreign Policy magazine) culminating in end-of-year reviews both rueful and resolute. Venture onto social media, and you’ll find the “me at the beginning of 2016” meme floating around.

It’s easy to see why this year felt so discouraging to so many. Everywhere we turned, the news media seemed to be reporting about turmoil, disaster, or outrage. 

Those things that made you feel upset or discouraged or angry or scared—those things were real. But they weren’t the only things that happened this year.

Here’s a very very short list of some of the positive things that happened in 2016:

Finding Hope in the Stories of Our Customers

There are still many causes for concern about our environment, our civil society & our civic institutions. But there many more reasons to look at 2016 as a year for hopefulness.

To be sure, there were times this year when I felt discouraged, scared, or devastated by some horrible twist in the plot line of 2016. But still, I look back on this year and feel a tremendous sense of hope.

I felt it every time I read the story or saw the picture of a girl who used our skin care kits and felt empowered by her experience.

Smart girls learning about density & mass as they create their own Groovy Lamp Lip Gloss

Every time I received an encouraging email from a customer saying how much they believe in our mission.

She's so proud of what she can accomplish, with a little help from Handcrafted HoneyBee!

Every time I talked with someone at a craft show or online about how making smart, healthy choices for her skin care was the first step towards positive changes in her life.

Skin care for smart girls and women, aluminum-free, paraben-free, phthalate-free

Filled with Hope and Ready to Work for a Better 2017

We started this new year with a big dream. We knew it would require hard work and patience to grow that seed of a dream into a reality. But we couldn’t have imagined the amazing fruit that would be borne out by that dream.

And it couldn’t have come at a better time.

St. Francis of Assisi said, “All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.” I think of those words whenever the news seems filled with darkness. I find solace in the thought of a tiny candle casting light into that darkness. I find hope in the light of that candle.

So many people have been working this year to bring light into the darkest stories of 2016. I am incredibly humbled to think that Handcrafted HoneyBee is helping young women to find their light and to let it shine.

As the year closes and another one begins, I am so excited for what the future holds. Of course, there are just as many bad news stories in store for us in 2017 as those we faced this year. But there is just as much potential for hope.

There is much work ahead of us. There will be challenges. There will be setbacks. We will face dark things in our future.

But together, our candles shine even brighter than they could alone. And that light cannot be extinguished.

All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.

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