Happy Thanksgiving from Nora
I know it has been a while since we’ve posted, but I feel like I need to take a moment to speak about Thanksgiving, and this is a good platform for it. This has been a difficult year. Between old and new jobs, starting new chapters, and family health problems, Stitch Party has been more important than ever. This project has been the rock we both needed to fall back on. Kylen and I both tend to run high-stress as a default, but knowing that we had scheduled “dyeing days” has helped us navigate rough waters in the past couple of months. Kylen is my favorite human, and the opportunity to start a business with her has been a dream. So, this year, I am thankful for Stitch Party.
I am also immensely thankful and grateful for my boss lady peers who are blazing the path with their own businesses, passion projects, and various side-hustles. I think this has been a tough year for everyone, but being able to scroll through my social media feeds and see it populated with cool women doing cool things has been INCREDIBLE. You are all endless sources of inspiration for me, and the support system born out of all of our efforts is palpable and powerful.
I personally believe that Thanksgiving needs a rebranding. This year, instead of falling back on insensitive and offensive decorations featuring Native Americans and Pilgrims, use this holiday as an opportunity to dwell on all that you have to be thankful for. Take a moment to teach empathy and gratitude. Close your eyes and count your blessings, and share them with your loved ones while you eat turkey, or lentil loaf, or Chinese food… Celebrate old traditions and make new ones. Support local farmers, small businesses, and regional nonprofits. Educate yourself on Native American culture, look up what you can do to support indigenous populations everywhere. Have uncomfortable conversations about race, gender, politics with your conservative relatives. Say thank you. Hold your loved ones close.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of our Stitch Partiers, present and future. I speak for both of us when I say that we love yinz!