I have spent hours on the phone (mostly on hold) with the WA State Covid Helpline and Governor Inslee's office to sort this out. We will be moving our market inside to 25% capacity in the large garage area and wide hallways in a one-way format, in one door, out the other... Some of our artists have dropped out, and that is totally cool.
There are no wrong choices in the time of COVID when it comes to protecting oneself. I have personally invested a lot of capital (money and time) into this event and really need this income in order to stay in my studio. Of course like so many in our world the holiday season is the biggest of the year, and especially in a shut down market like this. I have been working super hard on my website (as a one-woman shop, this has been intense) to move as much to virtual as I can. All of us are trying to get on line and get in front of you. <3
We need to shift our spending back to small artists and small businesses within our local communities this holiday season. Pretty Please. Otherwise, we risk losing more of the incredible small businesses that make our communities great places to live. #MyMoneyStaysLocal
We are in a new phase of awakening, ironic it is as we head into the dark of winter. To me this is a display of our quintessential humanity, and our intrinsic dichotomy of strength, gratitude and optimism of our hopes and dreams which stands ever-fast to defend us against our darker angels. These 'inner' daemons try to coax us each into the darkness with the fear driven states such as anger, rage even, envy and frustration. Our Natural goodness though, in my optimistic heart will always triumph with our collective power. Thank goodness our country (the USA) has moved into the path of progress once again, amidst this pandemic that is crushing our world. Despite the many challenges that remain ahead of us, this time of year is when we find our gratitude and reflect on how we have been and what we hope to achieve when we come out of the darkness once again.