Making and Finding JOY
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- By Kate Lamontagne
Kate is finding joy in making artisanal offerings for her store again.
It has been nearly a year since my last entry! This is rather normal behavior for me. I do this exact thing in my journals also... I have journals with pretty covers and a few weeks of good intentions worth of entries. But then I fall off. I don't know why.
But wait, I DO know why!
I am a Maker.
My fingers are rarely idle. I have intimate relationships with ice packs and CBD cream for the aches. I have crazy JOYous conversations with fabrics and yarns and colors. This is my life, it is my defining characteristic I think. That I make things, and that is always my first choice. Ask my family. I'm not kidding. :)
I feel my creative roots calling, and so at this time in 2019, there are more things in my store that I have made than in the last 15 years. Kamala Boutique began as an outlet for my designs- handbags mostly. In fact, the first store of mine in Holliston was called Kamala Designs, and some customers still refer to it by that name.
I changed it to Kamala Boutique because 'designs' was too ambiguous for the general public and people could not figure out what I was. So I morphed a bit. And grew. And in that growing, moved away from making. I got caught up in the amazing array of offerings from my vendors, carefully curating a fantastic and heartfelt selection for you. Shopping for Kamala turned into a more than full time job in itself.
On top of that, I have been spending many hours keeping my web store current and exciting for you. So balancing it all is a daily practice. I am allowing some things to rest occasionally so that I feel less stressed. (I also have an amazing team working for me, impossible to do any of this without them!)
And I am so happy to be answering the call to create items for my store again!
I hope that in my JOY, you can feel my happiness come through my artisanal creations. It is a little like the movie "Like Water for Chocolate" where the cook's emotions entered her food and everyone who ate her meals would feel what she felt.
May everything I create bring you comfort and JOY as well.
In these weeks of increased pressure from the media to jump into the frenzy of shopping, I gently send wishes of quiet and ease, to be able to smile and enJOY the holiday lights! and if you are a Maker too, the down time to be able to enJOY that process.
Give yourself the gift of finding a place that completely lights up for the season and walk through them with the eyes of a child. In Holliston MA, you can do this at the Fatima Shrine.
What is lit up with JOY in your town?
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