Expressing gratitude is an important skill to learn. Sharing how you feel and what you love about others in your life is a great way to become closer and enrich your lives a little bit more. There are many ways to show appreciation and gratitude for friends and family. I would like to take a bit of time to thank some of the people who make my life more full. Here are a few people in my life that I am grateful for daily.
(Halloween party we dressed up for.)
My husband Peter means the world to me and I am grateful for every moment with him. He has a kind heart, open mind, and is one of the most deeply passionate people you could ever meet. He knows his way around a kitchen and is adventurous with food. He is a great friend and enjoys debating many subjects while listening to others’ opinions. He can be loud and has difficulty whispering, and is one of the many things I enjoy about him. I admire his patience and dedication. One of my favorite things about him is that I know, where ever we go, he fits in, tries his best, and never causes problems or stress. It is a blessing to have a partner and a friend in life and to be loved unconditionally. Sharing my life with him is an honor. I am grateful for the family we have created together.
Gail and Saul are our neighbors, and the first people we were introduced to when we bought our home in 2009. We have become amazing friends since then spending holidays together even hanging out regularly. I am certain that these two are the best neighbors that we could ever have in the entire world. Gail has many talents and she is no stranger to the kitchen being a chef for over 40 years, everything she makes is made with love and is always delicious. Saul is great at telling stories of his life and has some of the best advice life has to give. These two are some of the most loving people you could ever meet, and I am grateful to share my daily life with them. Spending summer days on their porch enjoying life, learning new recipes, and practicing Yiddish are some of my favorite thing to do with them. If you enjoy great food and interesting stories then these two would melt your heart as they did ours. Yelling over the wooden fence that divides our yards as part of our ritual of what is new in our daily lives as we have become more like family, than neighbors over these short years.
(Myself, Dena, and Gail. Friendship is one of the most beautiful gifts you can give to yourself and others!)
Dena is my Bonus Best Friend and is the kindest woman you could ever meet. From the first moment, I saw her I knew she was something special. She is bold, beautiful, and has a heart of gold. She is someone with who you could trust your life, home, and family/pets. She can bring people together and she shares her friends like no one I have ever known. She is one of my favorite people to cook with and spend time in the kitchen with. She loves her family and friends with all her heart and is no stranger to saying “ I love you” or “I love you too!”. She has a wide range of music and movies that she enjoys sharing with others. She loves the outdoors, camping, and spending days at the river/lake with friends or family. She notices the bugs, rocks, and trees and respects nature as her friend. She is a blessing to this world and I am grateful to be able to call her a sister by choice and my Bonus Best Friend. Everyone deserves to have a friend like her.
Those who have been to the desert with me have a special piece of my heart! I am grateful for every adventure and story we share. The beautiful dreamland that is created once a year by artists of every kind is truly mindblowing, even overwhelming to some. Being exposed to so many unique and mesmerizing things at the same time has been one of the most memorable things ever in my life, inspiring creativity in my everyday living. Learning to enjoy the simple things in life with those you love can create a bond that lasts a lifetime. Watching the stars emerge as the blinding sun goes down each day, witnessing the most breathtaking thunderstorms barrel over the black naked mountains to quench the earth with pure moisture pouring from the clouds, sunsets, and sunrises with pallets of electric shades, hunkering down in the middle of a dust storm with strangers to emerge from the pelting sands with new friends that last forever. Learning to feel vulnerable and grow as a person in ways never imagined, and feeling every emotion in a year packed into seven days, like the music, fire, and never-ending adventures exist and the fear of missing out on something gets overtaken by the reality of your human body’s longing for rest and sleep takes over. These are my people, this is a place we call Home.
(Smash journal, my friend, Wendy made.)
All of my friends are artists and have a craft of their own. Whether it is making music, painting, drawing, gardening, sewing, knitting, or cooking, I am surrounded by talented people. I am grateful to have a handful of great friends who are all unique and interesting. Sharing passions and teaching each other our crafts are some of what makes our friendships richer. Going to see art shows and galleries that my friends are a part of has become something I look forward to. Watching a piece of art evolve during the creating process is something most people do not get to see, it is an honor to be able to witness the unique process each artist has. Many artists are not willing to share or even teach others techniques that they have learned, making it a challenge for those of us who are curious and trying to learn. I am grateful for all of the secrets and skills each person has shared with me, helping to grow the skills in my toolbox, so that I may share them with others who are interested in creating as well.
I am grateful for everyone who has helped me grow along the way as a small soap shop, and for those who trust me with their skin. Being able to do something that I am passionate about and brings me joy every day is something that I do not take for granted. I will continue to learn new skills and retain as much information about skin and skincare products while growing new products and improving the old ones. I hope to encourage you to grow in new ways and try new things in life.
*Check out my soaps on social media and read my weekly blog for self-care tips and tricks.
*Leaving reviews and liking my posts and items helps to grow my business, gives more people the ability to see my products. Each like, share, and review is greatly appreciated!
Posting photos of your soaps and tagging them with my hashtags below is a great way to help any and all small businesses grow naturally.
*Thank you to every one of you for supporting me and my dreams of being an artisan soap crafter. Every order is important to me! I appreciate each and everyone who has bought my soaps along the way, either from Etsy, local art shows, local vendor malls, flower shops, and from me.
* All soaps are made by my own two hands, cut, stamped, cured, packaged with hand stamped logos by myself.
* Each and every bar is a unique piece of functional art and may look just a bit different than the pictured photos. My soaps are all formulated to be used and are not just for display. Colors are all-natural and some get darker or lighter over time. Stamp imprints may be deeper or shallower due to the hardness of each individual bar.