In January of 2019, burnout got the best of me. So I did the only thing left to do: I paused. I took a six-month break from Fred and Far and took care of myself. Now in 2022, it feels like the right time to do that again.
This time I did a quiet test run, removing jewelry from the website from Christmas through January 9th. I thought I'd feel guilty. Instead I felt relieved. I didn't realize just how big of a toll running a mission-driven e-commerce business as a solopreneur, mom of three (during a pandemic!) can take.
I created the Self Love Pinky Ring and this community to give each of us a daily reminder to choose ourselves by practicing self love and self care. My mantra this year is New Year, True You. I've realized the most authentic thing I can do is practice what I teach by taking a break.
All jewelry is now back on the site -- including some new beauties. If you've been thinking about ordering, now is the time. Our self care break from producing jewelry will begin at some point in February and will continue indefinitely.
Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to be part of your self love journeys. I'm grateful you're part of mine.
With love and appreciation,