I have so much to catch you all up on, but I'm going to start this post off by apologizing for bailing on my Handmade Holiday series mid-stream. After what happened in Sandy Hook, I just couldn't bring myself to blog. Anything I could think of to say seemed ridiculous and meaningless. As the mother of a 6-year-old little girl, the tragedy struck very close to my heart and really shook me to the core.
I spent a lot of time feeling sad and reading everything I could about what happened...as morbid as that sounds, I find I need a lot of information to process things. In all the debate about gun control and mental illness, I found myself looking at a bigger picture, questioning what is it about our society that is pushing people to this desperate brink in the first place?
After a week of sadness and questions, I latched on whole-heartedly to the 26 Acts of Kindness movement that resulted from Ann Curry's tweet. Even though I could not change what happened, I felt like spreading some love and helping other people in small quiet ways was very cathartic. My daughter and I took some warm socks and travel toiletries to a teen homeless shelter, took homemade cookies and eggnog to the fire station in our neighborhood and hid lots of candy canes all over the Seattle Center. We also passed out candy canes, thank you notes and $5 coffee shop gift cards to employees and travelers we encountered at the airport on our holiday trip to Indiana. It was so much fun to watch the looks of surprise and then grins from unsuspecting people.
My take-away from this tragedy is that I need to cherish the moments I have with my loved ones, especially my little girl, and never take things for granted. I feel that I owe that much to the families who lost their loved ones. I also truly believe that this world can use more kindness, so to that end, I plan to continue springing random acts of kindness on my community and teaching my daughter the value of being kind to others. I'll definitely share some inspiring ideas on my blog, but will keep most of my own gestures private, because I believe anonymous kindness to unknown recipients is really what it's all about.
As for my holidays posts, I am going to leave them for now and move forward. I will finish the second half of my Handmade Hanukkah series and share my planned Christmas posts later in the year. Moving forward, I have two great giveaways coming up, lots of thrift store confessions to make, real weddings to share and tons of new inventory to add to my Etsy shop. I'm really looking forward to the new year and hope you are too!
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Thanks for a great 2012 and all the best in 2013!! XOXO, Cindi
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