Monday, June 20, 2011

On Feeling Grounded

Those are some new peas that are growing in the garden, some of which will go into my dinner tonight.
Last week did not go as expected. It started out with lists and me trying to stay hyper organized so that I would be able to keep track of the details involved in getting a magazine issue to the printer, as well as keeping on track with wedding tasks. By mid-week, things veered off course when we learned that our magazine, ReadyMade, was being closed down.

When you suddenly realize that you are about to lose your job, things sharpen in focus. And since I have (unfortunately) been through this before, I immediately began to take stock so that I could attempt to decide how to handle it. Almost immediately, perspective kicked in.

Two years ago, I had an opportunity to take on much greater responsibility with my work and to help redefine a magazine. That allowed me to flex my creative muscles and realize that I had skills that I hadn't entirely been aware of before. And, because of the job and the move from the east coast, I met my fiance. We fell in love, bought a house, planted a garden, and created an amazingly joyful and fulfilling life together. 

In 12 days, I get to marry that man.

My close friends and family will be heading our way in a short week to help with the final preparations and to enjoy our hometown.

And I will finally get to wear my dress!

To be completely honest, I feel incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity that I did because it allowed me to find exactly where I was meant to be. So to ReadyMade, a brand that I am intensely saddened to see disappear because it means that an open forum for creativity, sustainability and self-expression is no longer, I will always be grateful.


  1. Such a lovely perspective Amy. I'm nearing my 15th anniversary and still remember my wedding day as one of the best days of my life. I hope the same for you!

  2. You were the first person I thought of when I heard that about ReadyMade. So sorry, but I know you'll bounce back (vocationally) to bigger & better things.

  3. Oh, lady. When I heard the sad news, I was devastated for you (and for all the RM fans!), but then I realized it was a means to take you to Iowa and discover your life there. I can't wait to read all about the wedding!! xo.

  4. Oh no, I hadn't heard about this until I came here and read your post. This is such sad news for you and for all DIYers. Obviously the next chapter in your life starts beautifully (with a wedding) and I'm sure more good will follow for someone with your creativity and passion for all things handmade!

  5. Wow. Amy, so sorry, but also still so excited for you. Have to admit, I had been looking for the issue to hit the stands even up here in Canada. I've been thinking of you and the dress this entire spring. My brother-in-law got engaged last weekend, and I'm already trying to convince the bride thatshe and I should make her dress together through AC. Anyway, hang in there, thinking of you!

  6. Wow. Wow. Wow. I had absolutely no idea that Readymade was coming to an end. I have the last issue, sitting unopened, on my table. I shall savor every page. Wonderful perspective Amy - truly what an inspiration to view it from such a healthy, positive viewpoint.