I think we’d all agree that 2020 was a roller coaster of a year. And the analogy of a big dipper ride might sum up how the last 9 months felt for most people. Many of the lows had us feel fearful, uncertain, sick, wishing everything would stop and return to normal. Yet, some of the highs were positive. They caused us to slow down, feel the breeze on our skin and the wind in our hair, see the world from a different perspective and actually enjoy the ride!

It took a huge amount of courage to stay on track.  We had to make massive changes to the way in which we did all the things we’d previously taken for granted.  For some, there’s no sign that the roller coaster we jumped on in March 2020 is slowing down anytime soon but because we’ve been on it for a while now, some of the fear may have subsided.  For many, we’ve become used to the turbulent ride and are strapped in for a less bumpy 2021.  We hope!!!

Part of the process of slowing down has meant that we have had the time to focus on our Giving Program – Little Courage Hearts – which is helping a group of young people in Bali, who are deaf, earn an income and learn how to run a sustainable business. Being able to help people around the world by spreading love, hope and kindness, particularly in such uncertain times, has made us so grateful for the opportunity to give back.

We have been able to commission the team at Yaysan Corti, which is a training school north of Ubud, Bali – to make lots more of these gorgeous little fabric hearts which they fill with volcanic ash from sacred Mount Batur.  These hearts will be beating a path to our front door here in Australia ready to send out to the rest of the world. Here is one of the amazing young deaf people sewing the hearts from their hand-drawn templates.

 

 

Another gift we have been given this year is the opportunity to join with a wonderful group of like-minded people – Global Impact Entrepreneurs – who are making a huge impact globally by bringing together a vibrant community of trusted business owners for whom market traction also means solving the world’s problems. Even though it is global, it’s been set it up along the lines of a small village where everyone knows (of) everyone else.  We have a virtual shop and have neighbours “over the fence” to chat with about how to work together to create maximum impact throughout the world. We’re excited about what’s possible in 2021 with everyone working together towards a common goal.

So, as we wind down for the festive season and hopefully get time to spend with family and friends, we can take the lessons we learned from 2020 and pick out the positives.  Here’s hoping that 2021 is a smoother, more predictable ride and that we can step off from time to time and enjoy the gifts we’ve been blessed with.

Thank you from our hearts to yours for all your love and support in 2020. Stay safe and well ❤

 

 

 

Photo by Gabriel Valdez on Unsplash