We will be okay

Oh. My. God. 

This has been the most disruptive, unsettling, fear-infused time I can recall ever having experienced. I’ve endured a house fire and a horrendous divorce and this thing has those beat by miles. I can’t quite get a handle on whether I’m coming or going each day, what to work on (or to bother because the store is closed so what’s the point). My mental health is paying the greatest priced followed closely by my fledgling marriage. 

I’m certainly not my best self these days and the spiral of doomsday thinking gains traction with very little effort. Bless my wonderful husband for accepting my apologies each day for being a prickly, negative jerk  and for always finding a way to make me laugh. 

I honestly don’t know how to stay positive (nevermind optimistic) because so little of this experience is within my control but friends, I’m doing my best. 

I spent an entire week last week updating my rather tragic, neglected website with as many listings of products found in my physical store. It was a massive undertaking. I stock literally hundreds of individual items but I was getting it done. Photos. Instagram updates. Inventory checks. Product descriptions. Syncing my web store with the physical one. Then it all died. On my birthday. Yeah, I cried. So I spent the following day building an entirely new web store but where did all the customers go? 

I know everyone is facing the same financial uncertainty but we all need to support one another in all the ways that we can. If making purchases is not within your means right now, I want to ask you to please comment on and share my posts on Instagram. Doing this puts my posts in front of folks who may not have ever seen my work or heard of what we do. That’s tremendously helpful. I need your help. 

And I KNOW you’re cruising IG aaaaallll the time. (kidding. not really)

So if you’re inclined, by all means, go and take a look at the new web store. Yes, many listings are still without images. That’s either because I didn’t photograph those items yet (because I’m working at home and they’re at the shop) or they’re sold out and I need to make more. But there’s TONS with photos. Also, this is a brand new web store. It might have kinks to be worked out. If you run into a problem, please TELL ME!!!! 

There is uncertainty. There is stress, anxiety, and fear. But I have to believe that we will be okay. Our reality is forever changed but hopefully we’re able to come out of this kinder, gentler, more compassionate. I don’t know but it sounds nice, doesn’t it?

 

Take care of yourselves and each other. From 6′ away. And wash your hands. 

We did a thing!

On February 11th at about 5:30 pm on the frozen banks of the Yukon River, I exchanged vows with the man I love, George Bahm. We were joined by my sons, one of George’s nieces, and George’s cousin. Our friend, Kate White married us and our friend Erik Pinkerton photographed us. I wore a rare blue lynx for warmth and as my “something blue”. The bouquet I made using swan feathers I’d collected during my time in Iceland, raven feathers from neighbourhood walks, cotton blossoms and teeny lights because who doesn’t love things that light up?! 

It was -15 so we definitely kept our parkas on and while we’re definitely bundled up, I still felt glamorous and beautiful. One of the things that I loved about that day was the fact that they grey wool wrap dress I wore was what I wore at work all day so technically, I wore my wedding dress to work which I think is very awesome. 

We haven’t exchanged rings yet. We’re having them made by a friend and immensely talented Tlingit artist, Mark Preston. We’ll have some kind of gathering in the summer (hopefully) as long as we can find a date that will allow as many of our family members to be there as possible. 

Nobody knew we were planning this save for the folks mentioned above. It was the hardest secret to keep but it has been tremendously fun telling our many friends about our sneaky elopement. It was small, it was quiet. It was perfect. 

Immediately following the marriage ceremony, I participated in the Yukon Trappers Course to become a certified Wild Fur Harvester in the Yukon. I will be given an assistant trapper’s license to harvest furs on a portion of the trapline that I already work on with George each winter. I learned a few things I didn’t already know in the course and was able to share knowledge as a business person working with furs so all in all, it was a very rewarding experience. However, it did require me to close the store for a few days. That’s never easy as an entrepreneur, especially one without staff! 

The day after concluding the Trapper’s Course, George and I were up at 3am and heading to the airport for our honeymoon. We were in Mexico – a week in Playa del Carmen and then nine days of wild camping, fishing, and exploring all over East Mexcio via camper van. We are now home, tired and happy. The laundry is being washed, emails are being answered, groceries definitely need to be bought and the store reopens on Tuesday, March 10th at 10am. We are glad to be home and fully recharged for another busy spring and summer!