This year was rough --- so much pain and loss. How can we find hope in days of dire headlines? Find the things you're thankful for. In 2020, every small step forward was a victory to celebrate. Every moment that helped recharge us for the tasks at hand was vital.
We owe artists, and the kindness of others, for many of those moments.
Last day of December is a good time to reflect back. For many of us, it was art and artists that got us through this year. We have so much to thank them for. Find the pay platforms used by artists who you "like and share." Support what sustains you. Check out Patreon, Ko-fi, Facebook page subscriptions, Etsy, Redbubble, Threadless. See if artists you depend on are there. Shop directly from their online stores/sites. Sign up for their mailing lists. Leave positive reviews. Your support matters!
Thanks to the support of Stuart's clients, he never had to close the store. All year, he was able to keep both staff members on payroll. Thanks to SNB's location in a small business park, the USPS and other delivery services kept coming, so the SNB website and mail orders kept the store going. Online cons helped out.
Almost every indie artist/entrepreneur did a small business model pivot this year. Thank you to everyone who made the choice to shop small and buy from indie businesses.
The vaccines are coming -- but Covid will continue to test us.
Your choices protect not only your health and your loved ones, but others in your community. There's light at the end of this tunnel. Stay safe
Everyone who works at SNB is in a high-risk category of one kind or another for Covid. And I'm high-risk too. We all continue to practice the CDC guidelines. Also, our So Cal location means we are in an area that is hard-hit by Covid. Our hospitals are at capacity. Our healthcare workers are exhausted and stressed. We are staying home/working from home as much as possible.
Amazingly enough -- I did travel to France with Stuart in Jan/Feb of 2020. It's surreal to think about now. It was one of our best trips ever. All our meetings and visits to exhibitions/conventions worked out. And the weather was sunny, warm, and as close to "springtime in Paris" as I've ever experienced.
12 posts on Paris 2020 start here...
also in 2020...
I learned that all owls have long, skinny legs..