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welcoming the new year

Happy new year, friends! I hope you closed out 2015 with celebrations and rituals that brought you lots of comfort and joy. For me, highlights included my family’s time-honored, beloved Christmas traditions plus a deliciously long visit with our son, Henry, who just graduated from college. It’s such an exciting, expansive time for him and we’re so proud of the young man he’s become.

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Over the holidays, I began reading a book called Sacred Economics by Charles Eisenstein, which I learned of via the beautiful soul that is Lacy Young. I’m only halfway through, so I don’t think I’ll attempt a synopsis or discussion just yet. Suffice to say: I’m almost 53 years old and I feel like maybe, finally—at freakin’ last!—I’ve found a thinker/writer who can help me articulate my worldview.

You see, I’ve never been especially comfortable proclaiming my opinions, at least not without lots of disclaimers and caveats. For most of my life, I’ve been painfully aware of how easily I can begin to question the rightness of an idea that, just moments ago, I believed in so passionately. That fickleness has often felt like a flaw, making me long for the kind of comfort and security that I imagine must come when one is able to align strongly with a movement, an ideology, or a religion (not to mention a diet, a time-management technique, or a way to decorate one’s home!). To me, there are many right ways. That, plus: being a human being is complicated; it’s glorious and horrifying, sublime and mundane, perfect and messy. How in the world can anyone be so damned certain about anything?!

You might well be wondering what the heck a book called "Sacred Economics" could have to do with all this. At some point in the future I might attempt a better explanation but for now I’ll just say that Charles Eisenstein’s writing is helping me claim my voice. And his book is helping me understand the instincts that guide me to think about and run my business the way I do. The quote in the photo above is based on the title of his most recent book (which is next on my list): The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible.

If you’re familiar with Charles Eisenstein and his writing, I’d love to hear what you think of his ideas. If you’re not, I hope you’ll check him out. He writes so thoughtfully and clearly about the complicated issues confronting humanity today, and he gives me a lot of hope that we can live in an even more beautiful world. And OK, I'm gonna give you my opinion: artists are leading the way to that more beautiful world.

Here’s to a new year: 2016! May it be complete with bold exploration, rich challenges, meaningful growth, and deeper connection for all of us.

~ Betsy