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July 23, 2010 |  Category:   friends life

Sara Jensen gave the girls these glasses when she and her family came over to stay with us for a few days. Aren’t they funny? The girls wanted to wear them to the barbeque at Unha’s to surprise the hosts when they rang the doorbell. Kenny laughed and laughed. I think the last thing you’d expect when you open your door to guests is see a couple of kids in groucho marx glasses.

It’s been a pretty amazing week despite the mid-week bump – I played catchup up with a dear old friend from my grad school days and had more first meetings. Sara and I met Anna and Evan for the first time over dinner on Monday night. Anna is as amazing in person as she is on her blog. We kept groaning over the word “tweetup”, but I guess it totally was since I got to know both Anna and Sara on Twitter. Sara and her family are making their way back to the NW right now. We’re going to miss them.

On Tuesday I met Molly for a late lunch, who despite only meeting for the first time that day, has been just amazing to me all week. Her generosity and willingness to brainstorm ideas and help is something that I will never forget.

I think this is one of the things that I have learned this year. It’s okay to reach out to people for help. I have a tendency to try and solve everything on my own, but sometimes you really need the support of people around you even if it’s a nice word or two from people you barely know on Twitter or here on the blog, or the generous offers from people that you just met but feel like good friends you’ve known for years. It’s been really fun to meet so many people for the first time this summer, like Holly, who has always been a great supporter of our business. She is sweet and lovely as you would expect and I was inspired by her humbleness and her devotion and support of artists and designers.

I only hope that I can return the favor.

When you meet people through email or online you can sometimes tell that you will just click. There is no mask or disguise and what you see is the people they really are when you finally meet in person. I feel like I’ve made some good friends for life. All of this – the blog, twitter – all of it, makes us feel like we are never alone.

I went to the New Museum with my friend Karen yesterday. On the ground floor was an installation from Brazilian artist, Rivane Neuenschwander, called I Wish Your Wish. As a visitor, you get to select a ribbon with a wish that speaks to you, which you then must tie around your wrist. You then replace the ribbon with a wish of your own, written on paper. Tradition has it that when the ribbon falls off, your wish will be fulfilled. Karen told me that hers fell off already. I still have mine on and I’ll be waiting patiently. What wish did I choose?

I wish my fears would not limit my actions.

Have a great weekend everyone.

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  • heodeza July 23, 2010 at 10:50 am

    These photos are priceless!! Thank you for putting a (BIG) smile on my face!


  • diamondkelt July 23, 2010 at 11:14 am

    I wish i lived close enough to have my blog followers become friends, but this made me smile.

    I wish your wish as well 🙂

  • scentual soundtracks July 23, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Yes, love the pics, too, and the sentiment of this post really resonates with me. From taking a risk to get to know someone I started an email exchange with I now have a new business partnership and a budding friendship that is proving to be wonderful. Step into the new, and, step-by-step, fear will fizzle away.

  • kate July 23, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Oh Jenna, I love that wish. Rings so true.
    Also, I’m so sad I couldn’t come to the “tweetup” (ha) on Monday! I didn’t end up seeing Sara while she was here, which is dumb of me. Gotta get my scheduling shit together. I thought summer was when the livin’ was easy?
    ps. Isn’t Molly the best?

  • Jenna July 23, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Kate, Sara mentioned she invited you, but yeah it was totally last minute. Would’ve been great to meet. And yes! Molly is the best!!

  • Annie July 23, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Do you see how fearless your girls are to wear funny glasses and stand in front of a door, unknowing of who is going to open?
    I am sure they get that from some one.
    Fear is only in our heads.

  • J. Hope July 23, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    I’ve noticed that for us artists/small biz owners, it feels nearly impossible to ask for help, b/c the way we can actually “make it”, is by taking on every aspect of the biz to ensure that the outcome is uniquely our own. Of course the $ savings=a diy plan. (Wonder if that all makes sense…running on little sleep over here). I love this post–will show it to my husband (biz partner). He was the one who pointed me in the direction of your inspiring & beautiful blog. The girls are too cute really, and the wish is perfect. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your w-end.

  • ChantaleP July 23, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Love the photos too! Wishes wishes.. Amazing how you’ve met up with so many ppl this summer. And they sound lovely! Jenna you’re such a giving person already, and so real and honest, it’s no wonder ppl want to help you in return. There’s no fake in you. Hope you had a great time at Unha’s!

  • GdeG July 23, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Great glasses and ….noses!

  • Lara Sopchak July 24, 2010 at 1:30 am

    Those are my little sweet potato girls! Per saw the 2nd photo and said that if I were there visiting, there’d be three people wearing those glasses. That’s for sure. 🙂

  • joslyn July 24, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    i am endlessly amazed at all the fantastic real-life friends that have come of blogging. it’s a pretty incredible thing.

    and i second the molly love…she’s such a cool chic!

    happy weekend

  • anita July 24, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Love your blog! I put a link on my blog, if that’s okay 🙂

  • jasmine July 25, 2010 at 7:31 am

    Oh, those glasses! Very cute.

    I know what you mean. There are people out there I’ve known online and then met in person and things are exactly the same way. It just works! Sometimes I feel a bit lame that some of the most interesting friendships I have are ones that blossomed online. I shouldn’t though, should I?

  • RebeccaNYC July 26, 2010 at 6:49 am

    Cutest photo ever. Such seriousness! I love all the photos of your girls, but this might be one of my favorites. I don’t comment often..but I love your blog. Thank you for sharing your life with us.

  • Jessica July 29, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    absolutely gorgeous and ADORABLE!!!