Lately, I have been thinking a lot about how we might greet the one-year mark since the pandemic started in March 2020. A few of my friends told me that they are wondering about a similar sentiment. So perhaps it's in the air for many of us.
To prepare for this love letter, I re-read a few love letters I sent to you about a year ago. Some from "before" and some from "after"... and to be truly honest, I thought I would start shaking from anxiety while reading through some of the stories. When the pandemic first unfolded, the fear of losing our business and not being able to support our team members was very real to me as a business owner, which added to an overwhelming feeling of how to continue to lead a life as an intentional parent in the midst of such uncertainty. Though none of that was shared in an obvious way, reading my own writing gave me a bit of flashback to some of the moments I experienced back then.
Today, our family is still in a "transition" state if I look at our status quo. Our activities are still limited, we are living with my mom without a set end date as to when we will be able to settle into the next place on our own, and we are holding back from making any big plans. At the same time, I have a sense that I have grown more comfortable living with "now." You see, I can call our current setup either we are in the "transition," or we are living more in the moment. And with the possibility of living more in the moment, we could take a moment to reflect on where we are today. We could take time to dive inwardly to explore a concept that requires us to dig even deeper, as Emil did with his design for the "Travel Within" series. We could get to know ourselves more much like how A.C. are designing a unique digital font for an upcoming comic book. (how cool is that??). We could borrow inspiration from Trina and slow our pace to notice poetic details of our world. Take an opportunity to meditate on which artifacts are still serving our lives in a meaningful way as Eunice's story unfolds.
In many ways, the last twelve months have been so much about continuously finding ways to stay grounded during the most uncertain circumstances. And even with my fading memory of how we got here today, I can truly share my gratitude that you are here and we are here, living the moment one breath at a time.
So, thank you...
always a work in progress...
Orange County, California // March 2nd, 2021
**This is from our BK Love Letter for March 2021. If you would like to see the entire love letter we sent to our community, you can browse it via this link.