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The past few weeks have been pretty heavy for us as a collective, on top of a dark several years. This week I've been slowing down and doing things that help me to process when I'm feeling numb. For me, that's painting, which allows me to have the space to then write...

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Why I'm Participating in the Etsy Strike

Why I'm Participating in the Etsy Strike

This week, through April 18th, I decided to put my Etsy shop in vacation mode (i.e. close it up) in solidarity with the Etsy Strike. My main shop here, of course, remains open and active. My Etsy Story I started Yardia as an Etsy shop in 2008, and have been...

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NY NOW recap and the value of slow growth

NY NOW recap and the value of slow growth

Another NY NOW is complete! It felt like a good show for me overall, with nice orders and some hopeful connections I'm super excited about.⁠ I never thought that exhibiting at a trade show of this level would feel so normal, but after three times, it really does, and that feels great...

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2022 Intentions and Word of the Year

2022 Intentions and Word of the Year

As 2022 commences, I'm slowly beginning to untangle the invisible knot of what the accepted path for business is, and figure out whether each step that I'm told I should do is something I actually have to do, or if I can find another way that works better for me....

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2021 Year End Reflection

2021 Year End Reflection

Each December I look back and review Yardia's highlights, finances, operations and changes. My reflection was guided in part by Susannah Conway's fantastic Unravel Your Year journaling prompts, as well by reflections from my experience in the Revolutionary Rising program. Word of the Year: Ease My word of 2021 was...

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