Like no other year we can remember, 2020 has been the wake-up call of all wake-up calls. We’ve stopped shaking hands in public and linked arms across racial divides. We’ve masked our faces and simultaneously cried out for change. We’ve withdrawn into our homes in fear and bravely protested in the streets. This is the stuff of real change. And, as can be expected when things get shaken up, change is often messy.
I don’t know about you, but with all that’s unfolded so far in 2020, all I want to do is give the whole world a great big hug. Maybe that’s because I know how much I need a hug these days. Unfortunately, I’m not even supposed to be hugging on my own neighbor right now, let alone the entire planet. With social distancing and obvious human limitations to consider, I can only do so much. I’m one person doing my darndest to make a difference in a hurting world.
As white women, it is impossible to know what it feels like to be a black person living in America. I'm going to speak for myself and Rachael here, and I'm going to do the best that I can to make sure we are not indulging in our white privilege or virtue signaling as I try to express our collective horror.
One silver lining of our current quarantined lives is that many of us have been able to busy ourselves with planting gardens. As much as I love to grow indoor plants, I haven’t had the best of luck outdoors. But we’ve seen you out there using your outdoor spaces, growing your own food. We think you’re going to be just as obsessed as we are with our collection of gardening tools from our friends at Barebones Living (a certified B Corp).
While this news of continued isolation may be a dream come true for some introverts, most of us out here are feeling all kinds of cabin fever. We miss our friends, our kids miss their schools, and we all miss our regular ol’ lives. Our response to all of this is what really matters.There’s only so much we can control in the world (I mean, on a good day I can maybe control myself a little). What we CAN control is how we’ll choose to spend this quarantine.
Well, hello there, unexpected hibernation! How’s everyone doing? As we’ve been abruptly thrust into a new way of doing life, many of us are feeling all kinds of crazy. Whether you’re feeling sad, scared, confused, lonely, or just plain annoyed with the whole thing, all the feelings matter. No matter how we spin it, this is a time of loss and stress for us all. We’re all learning a new normal, discovering ways to stay out of panic mode, and doing our very best to keep an even keel.
Unshattered has put their entire non-profit on HOLD (shifting away from making beautiful bags) to start making masks for our medical professionals in need. That’s right, they’re suspending their only source of revenue that supports their non-profit mission to make masks. FOR FREE.