It has been a while since you last heard from me. My excuse? I had my first child (a beautiful, curious, sweet little boy) and my life hasn’t been the same since. I guess women do this all the time, right? I was plugging along, blissfully oblivious to how dramatically life shifts, how what was once your baby (for me Calamarie) takes second place after the third night, or in my case the 10th month of waking up 4 times a night. And what about how the world seems to move at the same pace as if nothing has changed when your are dragging behind wondering how no one seems to notice everything is now completely and absolutely different?
Most importantly, and this is directed specifically to all the amazing women that have supported Calamarie from day one, be it by wearing and loving our pieces, offering words of encouragement and sage advice, carrying the line in your shops, writing about our work in your blogs and magazines, lending a hand or simply listening (specially on those days where I wondered how I could possibly go on if I couldn’t even manage a shower)- I am in awe of all of you. All of a sudden I realized that you, my angels, my friends, and my colleagues are mothers too, nurturing new, blossoming lives while pursuing your own dreams. What you do every day whether it be inside or outside the home takes courage, determination, stamina and mostly love. Love for your family, for your work, for your friends, for complete strangers. The boundless love that flows from a mother’s heart and permeates everything you do. You make it look so easy I missed it altogether- I guess as the saying goes: “ I was blind but now I see…”
Since receiving the gift of becoming Tomas’ mother, I have been changed, as a woman and as an entrepreneur or a mompreneur I should say. The term, at first perceived as silly is now growing on me. Mom comes first, then entrepreneuer and I like that whoever coined the term got the order right. As I am starting to get the hang of things and finding some balance between my former baby and my new one (hmmm that sounded less weird in my head) I am excited to say I am gaining confidence in these new, marvelous and at times heavy shoes.
I hope I can be the mother Tomas deserves while continuing to nurture Calamarie, the baby I now share with so many other women, Shifali, our Sales and Operations Director, Maria, our Web Manager and Graphic Designer, Roxcely, Our Operations assistant, Mery and Cecilia our Head Artisans, Mollie and her team at Gift Dancer who rep our line in the Northwest, Maya who is bringing our work to Dubai and beyond and dozens of artisans across Colombia who hand make each piece with love and care. This is all made possible by you, our supporters, friends and in many cases mothers and fellow Mompreneurs.
You are simply wonderful!