the end of summer, part 2

October 12, 2011 |  Category:   life

I love Fall. Too bad it refuses to stick around. We’ve had some pretty warm temperatures for this time of year which is not bad, per se, but it would sure be nice to get some Fall weather around here before we dive into winter. But strange weather aside, you can tell Fall is really here because this is our season, for the business. Mark’s been baking crazy amounts of cookies – sometimes in the thousands daily, we’re stocking up on supplies for the holidays and booking December markets. This is the time of year when he rarely gets a day off, not until December 24th.

Oh friends, I tweeted something a few weeks ago that I have to remind myself over and over. There seems to be so much instability in the air, so many things that have fallen through for me recently. In this shaky economy I can only rely on my creativity, my motivation, resilience, and determination to succeed. I can’t be paralyzed by fear and the unknown. In that sense, we are controllers of our own fate. We have to make things happen for ourselves.

To that end, I can’t thank you enough for all the wonderful comments, emails, support and encouragement about the Mixed Race Project. Thanks to those who have shared their own stories. I have read through them all, twice even. There have been some questions about the project and I will try to answer them soon. I am also working on getting a few more stories up, but first…sleep….

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  • Damaris @KitchenCorners October 12, 2011 at 7:06 am

    Thanks for the encouraging words, I too need to remember what you said.

    I hope your husband as a wildly successful season!

  • Adeline October 12, 2011 at 9:38 am

    “In this shaky economy I can only rely on my creativity, my motivation, resilience, and determination to succeed. I canโ€™t be paralyzed by fear and the unknown. In that sense, we are controllers of our own fate. We have to make things happen for ourselves.”

    I have just graduated and am having a really hard time getting a job. I totally agree with what you said. Thank you for some of the most inspiring and uplifting posts! Love your blog.

  • Susan October 12, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Your new project is incredibly brilliant & beautiful Jenna! Thank you for reminding me that I control my fate…I needed that today. xo

  • diamondkelt October 12, 2011 at 10:16 am

    That project is going to be amazing ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s funny where life leads us. Hope Mark hangs in there too!

  • Lauren October 12, 2011 at 10:33 am

    If you can get the sleep, take it. The project looks and feels wonderful and I’m sure will only continue to blossom.

  • Sheila @ Chinaberry October 12, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    First off, I just love your photos, particularly the roses ~ what beautiful colors that go with the drink in the first picture so well. I too have been mulling over that sense of being in control of my own fate. We all have at least some control, and it’s a great reminder that we can use our ingenuity to help things happen. I appreciate you helping me think about that. And thanks!

  • Rami October 12, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    These colors, the blend of orange and pink in roses and in the best autumn leaves, always makes my heart sing and ache at the same time. Fall is so beautiful, and, for me, melancholy too. So, I say to you, and to me: courage and patience. Transitions can be both tender and fierce and we learn everything through them.

  • Aya October 12, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    I appreciate your second paragraph.
    Jenna, even though I don’t *really* know you, i have an overwhelming feeling of faith in and hope for you. I know you’ll continue find a way to thrive with pluck and grace. Somehow that give me hope for myself too. Thanks.

  • laura [prismera] October 12, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    I didn’t have a chance to take a look at your new project until now and I’m so glad I did.. am very excited to see more families. It is interesting to read about since my future family will also be biracial and we have just started the conversation about having kids.

  • Tamsin Allen October 12, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    The second paragraph is spot on. Thank you.

  • Anna October 12, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    As a fellow 1.5 gen designer/photographer and long time lurker I just wanted to say how much I enjoy your blog. Congratulations on the Mixed Race Project and best of luck with the confectionery business!

  • Misha October 12, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    I was totally, and completely inspired and what to do a little expose on my own family. I wrote about you today ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for sharing your creative pixie dust around. This project is going to be ground shaking cool.

  • Allison October 12, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Self employed people are the bravest people I know. Here’s hoping for some stability and good projects for you.

  • Joy October 12, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    I think that’s the hardest part of running a small business because you have to do everything yourself. Good luck to you and Mark, and congrats on staying so strong throughout!

  • Funaek October 13, 2011 at 12:04 am

    Congratulations on your new project – I love it! I think it’s so important for people to see that not ever family fits into the cookie cutter version we all grew up seeing on tv. I would’ve loved to have seen something like this when I was younger. Your sweets were what first lured me in, but it’s your blog, projects, and family that continue to hold my interest. Best of luck!

  • Celina October 13, 2011 at 3:07 am

    just found your blog recently and have been enjoying your posts a lot! have you seen this article/slide show/video?

  • dallas October 13, 2011 at 6:55 am

    Just found your blog… beautiful photos. good luck with the new project


  • emeline October 13, 2011 at 7:54 am

    Jenna, I have the utmost confidence that amazing things are abreast for you. In family, in work… in everything. You’ll see.
    Your Mixed Race project is beautiful! It reminded me that I too am in a mixed race family (although I rarely tend to think about it… but strangers are continuously asking where Dad is from (he’s Chilean/Italian). It raises really interesting questions for me (I’m sure for everyone) about family, ethnicity and culture. But I’m sure that’s not by accident!

  • Jenna October 13, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    @misha, thank you…and thank you again everybody. @Emiline thanks for the confidence. sometimes you have to remind yourself – easy to wallow in self doubt sometimes!