Choosing just one theme to discuss for this month’s editor’s letter was too difficult. So rather than just updating you on the topics we’ll be devoting our editorial content to this month (May is all about COLOR and BIKES– we can’t wait!), I wanted to take a moment and write something a little more personal. Because as excited as I am about this month’s content, something about realizing that it’s already May has hit me like a ton of bricks. I can’t believe the year is going by so quickly and I want to take a moment to stop, look around myself and appreciate what is here, without getting caught up in what’s coming next.
I’m writing this letter from my couch on Tuesday night. Turk is on one side of me and my new dog, Hope, is to my right (on the floor, they’re not that close yet). Just a few short days ago I was living a pretty routine schedule that consisted of mainly 90% work and 10% everything else. But then Hope came into my life and everything changed. Now I’ve met and smiled at just about every dog owner within a 4 block radius of my house. I’ve seen what sunrise looks like at 6am from the water. I’ve witnessed the wonders of water therapy and how happy it makes dogs and I’ve got a new excuse to get outside and be healthier and more social. If you’d told me this would be my life just a month ago, I would have laughed and said, “Yeah, right.” But here I am, life turned upside down, waking up at 4am every night to walk a puppy and loving every minute of it.
What I love most of all about this incredible turn of events is how it’s made me appreciate right now. It is almost easier to live in the future than the present these days. Blogs, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter all seem to suggest an incredible world just around the corner or in a new place we’ve yet to save up and visit. But it took a little wriggly rescue dog from Puerto Rico for me to stop, slow down and enjoy the things around me. Not just the obvious things like fresh air and the love of animals, but the things in every part of my life.
This month we’re starting every morning with an incredible fact about the history of a color. It was an idea of Amy’s that came to her randomly and when she presented her initial selections and the facts that came with them, I was blown away. Then she handed the information to Max who turned each color fact into the most beautiful info graphic-style image that I couldn’t have made in a million years. Sometimes it’s easy to take for granted just how amazing the people around you are if you get too caught up in what’s due next and what you just “have” to do to get ahead. But yesterday (and every day) I felt so proud and so appreciative to be surrounded by people who love what they do, are incredibly talented and are kind enough to share those skills and their energy with me. I don’t know what tomorrow will bring or what tasks will fall onto your plates, but I know that today, I wouldn’t want to be working anywhere else, with anyone else. I can’t wait to show you all the hard work we’ve done as a team for this month’s theme. From beautiful color-filled homes and DIY projects to interviews with paint-namers and color specialists, we’ve got some great inspiration coming up that I hope will help make your month a bit more colorful. If nothing else, I hope some of these posts will perhaps inspire you to stop, think and enjoy the moment. New puppies are one great way to seize the day, but creative inspiration is another great one. Here’s hoping your May is full of colorful ideas and maybe even a puppy or two. xo, grace