Not going to lie, the world has felt like a heavy place over the last year. It’s overwhelming and the worst part for me is that sense of helplessness. My vigilant recycling and composting doesn’t feel like it’s reaching the POTUS agenda.
So… how do we take our outrage and make it active? Constant Vigilance! (that’s a reference for the Harry Potter fans among us).
Personally, I have done most of my shopping in stores (read: not on Amazon). Even if they are big box stores, I want retail to stay open. A world ruled by Amazon is not ok. I will spend extra and be inconvenienced.
The other part of the consumer equation is opting for LESS of everything. Investing in experience, helping out, but! with a sense of kindness to myself. Nobody needs mom screaming about how “cookie baking is supposed to be fun, OK?”
You know what is a great gift idea? A Portrait!
It’s LOCAL, it’s an EXPERIENCE, and it’s MEMORABLE. It’s not wrapped in plastic! It’s a moment in time you can frame, put into a photo album, or just be reminded of “On This Day” on Facebook in 10 years. And to the parents that are always behind the camera: you will have a portrait of you with your kids that is not at arms length.
GREAT NEWS: ON SALE NOW for $150 AND THERE ARE ONLY FIVE LEFT.
You know what I just realized about these portraits? It’s that they each have their own gift idea: dine at Grumman ‘78; donate to ALS Canada; buy handmade planters at Dot & Speckle ; or bid on personality-filled antiques from Kavanagh Auctions.
I just gave you more great gift ideas, you’re welcome!
Finally — a few images of portraits I took last weekend of my own family. I can not wait to frame these, slip them in my holiday cards, and look back on them later in life.