“We must have stubbornness to accept our gladness in the ruthless furnace of this world”. – Jack Gilbert

That’s my word for this year: gladness.

In 2015, I’m going to strive for gladness.  We all have much to be grateful for and so much more we want to do, see, and accomplish.  I try to steer clear of “happiness”… the word seems too perky, too bossy, too unachievable sometimes.


Gladness is somehow more active and empowering, more a decision than an emotion.   And I struggle with it.

I struggle with being still and content and GLAD with what I have done in a day, with how I am raising our kids, with the friendships and business and life I have made.   I struggle with being GLAD in it…which is funny, because there is so much to be glad about.   I don’t want to be 85 and REALIZE that I didn’t REALIZE that!


Here at Mindfully Made Studios, we are working to bring light and GLADNESS through our work – and we’re working hard.  We are taking off this week to present our Blessing Bands and other inspirational accessories to retailers from across the country in Washington, DC.

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook this week as we’ll keep you posted on how it goes.  We’re also cooking up some truly great NEW products for you and those you love.  IN the meantime, your thoughts and prayers are always appreciated…

I hope you have a great week and, in the words of FDR, that you “let unconquerable gladness dwell!”