january doldrums

January 14, 2009 |  Category:   life

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It’s hit me. It’s bitterly cold and unpleasant outside and this is the time of year when all those outdoor neighborhood Christmas decorations, which have been battered by time and weather, start to get annoying and you wish they were taken down already. Now that the holidays are over, winter has lost some of its charm and I feel like we’re biding our time waiting for Spring. So maybe it’s the weather. Or maybe it’s because I’ve talked to a few of my friends who’ve been laid off recently and it’s just sounding grim out there as the recession seems to be finally trickling down to our industry. I go through alternating periods of feeling fine and optimistic about the state of things and being really scared for all of us. Mark and I are keeping busy for now, but as independent workers, there’s always that general overhanging fear that work and business will slow down. I think I need to stop reading the news for a while so I can be blissfully unaware of what’s going on, at least for a few days, to shake off the gloom. How is everyone else feeling these days?

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  • jennifer January 14, 2009 at 10:11 am

    Cold and tired, definitely ready for spring. But the gloomy forecast (both weather and the economy) might not be such a bad thing. I’m hoping it’ll force me refocus my life a little bit, pushing work back to where it belongs, priority-wise.
    Maybe even giving me a chance to do some personal projects there’s just never enough time to do.

  • paige January 14, 2009 at 11:24 am

    Sales definitely fall down after the holidays, but (like Jennifer) I use it as a way to work on the Spring line, to refill the store, to work in the studio, to plan for Spring shows, and to give myself a break. I’ve just decided to finally get out of town for a handful of nights and make a roadtrip to Marfa which I’ve wanted to do for quite some time. You and the fam definitely deserve some time off after the insane holiday that you’ve had.

  • shannon January 14, 2009 at 11:27 am

    i’m feeling it, too…wondering if people are still going to want to buy yarn when there are so many other important things to worry about. i’ve been working on some new ideas, but with a little bit of fear in my heart. fear, however, is not so great for enhancing the free flow of creativity, and i find myself wandering around in mental circles rather than feeling truly motivated. this, too, shall pass…i am sure of that, at least. and winter will become spring…
    i am also sure that folks still like to treat themselves even when they feel like they “shouldn’t.” caramel marshmallows are vitally important in retaining one’s sanity through the deepest deep of winter darkness. no joke. 🙂

  • stacy January 14, 2009 at 11:29 am

    I think you summarized exactly how I am feeling. Tuning out the news, at least limiting it in recent weeks, has helped my husband and I, and in turn our family. We cannot escape the reality of the recession and its impact on us and our neighbors, but we cannot let thoughts of uncertainty and fear pervade. Reading blogs, such as yours which I recently and happily found, help so much. Thanks.

  • Gizella January 14, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    Its funny that when I’m feeling, blue, like right now, I want to buy things but I can’t. I lost my half job as subscriptions and orders at a independent magazine. Since I’m a SAHM, that’s hurting, emotionally too. I needed it to keep me busy. Been working on making a texture box for my girl to keep me occupied. I totally feel you.

  • cyndi January 14, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    I’m in a funk. January tends to do that to me even though I go into the month every year with grand plans of a “fresh start” and organization. Maybe that’s my problem – I have expectations. I find I’m still tired from all the stress of Christmas & New Year’s and I don’t know about you but putting the Christmas decor away absolutely exhausts me. Although I want it put away it seems to take every ounce of energy. This year is even worse and I’m fairly certain it’s because of the gloom of the economy. I’ve learned that sun helps (even though it’s cold), as does surrounding yourself with positive + “sunny” people. I hope your funk melts away quickly!

  • Shannalee January 14, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    It is *so* nice to know I’m not the only one who struggles with this seasonal depression. This year has been the roughest because of our insane snow storms (one after another after another) and the traffic and cold that come with them. I am hanging in there, biding my time until spring, for sure. It helps to spend time in the kitchen with something warm and comforting.

  • Jennifer January 14, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    I think it is clear that we all feel the same, and have the same worries. All I can say is hang in there, we appreciate you and Mark and your hard work. The doorbell just rang and it was my delivery of cookies that I just ordered a few days ago, and it totally made my day!!!!!!!!!!!! I just love your cookies. Love love love. keep up the good work.

  • Jenna January 14, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Jennifer – oh, ok, you’re THAT Jennifer. Mark kept saying, why is this name so familiar? But we couldn’t pinpoint it other than we knew you ordered from us before. (we know a lot of Jennifers). Thanks for the order! It makes us smile knowing we brighten someone’s day even just a little bit.

  • Stella January 14, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Even though it’s bitterly cold and past the holidays, I’m a bit sad the holiday decorations are down for the most part. I like the lights and sense of festiveness, even if the lingering ones still up get annoying. 🙂
    I’m feeling optimistic. . . I actually read all about bankruptcies filed and closings of stores this morning to keep up with my business (I’m in fashion wholesale), and it was the first time since the recession was really announced that I’ve allowed myself to read news reports. After avoiding all the sad and heartbreaking news outside my immediate circle, I feel better prepared to deal with reality and powerfully connect to it. While things are looking bleak and not going to be better for a while, I feel like now is the time to weed out what doesn’t work, improve what we do best, and really refocus.
    Kind of like how I feel with the season: we’re past winter solstice now and while we have some short days and long (cold) nights still ahead, we can stay in and get ready for the spring, and the days are slowly getting longer and sunnier.
    Wishing you all the best.

  • Alicia January 14, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    I’m feeling much the same. And the most depressing thing in a while happened to me just yesterday, unfortunately. You see, I ate the last of the Whimsy & Spice chcolate biscotti, and that was also the last of any W&S goods that we had in the house. =(
    Though on the upside I should report that Whimsy was a total hit with all the family members that received goods for Christmas. My boyfriend never ended up sending all the stuff he got for his family, though, so after seeing the treats sitting on the table for two weeks, I started eating it all so the stuff wouldn’t go bad! Haha, more for me.

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