As you all know this has been a big year for me and my business, my daughter Elle turned 1 and Stokperd turned 5 and on the advice of a friend I have decided to do some reflecting. It is totally by chance (though is anything ever by chance?) that I realised my life has always had an upheaval every 7 years. Sometimes they have been good and sometimes not so good. A good one for example is that Elle was born after 7 years of intense trying. Another one, I left my corporate job after 7 years of ‘dreaming about making beautiful things’. The list goes on and on. But what I’ve learned is that there are cycles or seasons of your life when ideas brew and they are just that, ideas. And then the times comes, you think it will never come, but it does and you can finally give birth to them.
So my most recent ‘brewing time’ has been the last year of Elle’s life when I spent many hours awake at night, feeding a small baby, thinking about what’s next for ‘beautiful things’ and browsing Pinterest (as you do at 3am) and even warded off an intruder in our house (a totally different story) but what I’m getting at is: Don’t think time off or time out is ever wasted. During my year as a new mom so many new ideas have taken shape and it feels like the lights have been turned on again. And so I wanted to share some of this brewing time with you, and the product that was born out of it.
The naming of the lights come from women who lit up their worlds throughout history. August is women’s month and any opportunity to celebrate women (and mothers) and the impact they make on the world – however great or small is a good one. Below is Boudicca, a fierce queen who led many tribes into battle against the mighty Romans.
Then there’s Sappho, she was a Greek poet and writer – who mostly wrote about the admiration and affection between women. We would call it homo-erotic in today’s terms but it was part of normal life in ancient Greece.
Mirabai – an Indian woman born into an aristocratic family. She was groomed for the life of a princess, but decided she would rather write poetry and spend her days as a mystic. She also helped revive bhakti yoga. Lit AF.
The Thuli, (my personal favourite) named after our brave and courageous ex-public protector.
And finally the Coco, named after fashion warrior Coco Chanel who liberated women from corsets and made sporty comfortable clothing the standard of chic for women in the 1930’s.