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Before Christmas the Covet Garden team met up at Nadège for some tea and treats. During our chat, we realized that if 2014 taught us anything, it was to embrace change. So instead of making resolutions for 2015 we have decided to be supple like the reed, to bend like the willow and to find the beauty in all of life's adventures.
Here's an allegory of my 2014. I decided to make a bold move and paint my stairs yellow. I built a little corral to keep the cat downstairs while I painted. I forgot to check that the cat was in his corral. He was not. Long story short: I had to to add another day to the painting schedule, the attempt to clean paint off the cat ended up looking like a scene from Dexter and I am still finding little yellow paw prints all over the house. But the struggle makes me appreciate my brighter, more colourful staircase even more.
What I'm trying to say is that I experienced a lot of things for the first time this year. They didn't always turn out the way that I planned but in the end I'm glad I said yes to change. In 2015 I want to continue to embrace new experiences. I'm pretty sure the cat would like to maintain the status quo, though.
Last March I spent two weeks in Oaxaca, Mexico and fell instantly in love with the city and its people. I couldn't stop thinking about what it would be like to live there and so mid-summer I decided to make a bold move—literally—to find out.
I booked my flight and three months accommodations without much thought about how I would pay for this adventure and then began to panic...what was I thinking, what would I do there? I'd have to turn down work, was this all a mistake? I was sitting in my office trying to see just how much money I would lose if I had to cancel the flights and other bookings when I looked up and saw an excerpt of the poem "Last Night As I Was Sleeping" by Antonio Machadostuck to my bulletin board. It read:
I dreamt—marvelous error!—
that I had a beehive
here inside my heart.
And the golden bees
were making white combs
and sweet honey
from my old failures.
I've had this poem hanging in my office for years and always thought it was such a lovely way of looking at things. But this time as I read it I felt excited. I was ready for this move, I was ready to be nervous, worried, and stressed. I was also more than ready for adventure, learning, pushing myself to be alone with myself and any errors made would be marvelous ones. I leave January 5th (don't worry — we shot our future issues in advance and I'll be reporting from sunny Mexico).
I decided recently to start living with more intention. In all aspects of my life, I found I was getting so caught up with putting one foot in front of the next that I lost sight of not only the pleasure of the journey, but the point of my destination.
As a team, we have decided to take a good look at Covet Garden in the new year—at what is working and fuelling us with inspiration, and what is dragging us down and no longer serving us. We will be calling on you, our lovely readers, for input and revamping things, so stay tuned for some exciting changes!