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COVID-19 Update

 

 

Last updated 3/19/2020

Letter to Y'all

My heart is super open right now because I just had a baby, she’s just 8 weeks old. I hadn't yet announced her birth because we were just relishing our time at home together--but hey, announcement! I had her in January and she is pure heaven. So yes, my heart is wide open. I'm feeling all the feels. My older daughter is now home from school too, so I am here at home with my two girls and only a little time to tend to business. That's both challenging and freeing-- we've been stomping in puddles, reading books, baking muffins, cuddling, planning an herb garden, and staying on a routine. There is great comfort there. If I didn't have these kiddos I would be busting my butt right now trying to do ALL the things, make plans, figure it out, go for the gold... but literally I can't y'all. I really HAVE to slow down, as I know is true for many of you too.   
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Just days ago I was working with my business mentor, marketing director, developers and staff to plan out a huge expansion of our website, like planning REALLY cool stuff for y'all... and then with breakneck speed everything changed and now my whole team is temporarily laid off. Even though I know it is the right thing to do, I did tear up as I hit the Terminate Employee button. My team is everything. I am so proud of the jewelry I make, but I am a billion times prouder of the people who have helped me build this business and my role in facilitating them each to bring their best ideas, skills, and self each day. That's the real gold, man.
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Deep breath. Now. The plan on what to do. Realistically, much of the plan is waiting to see what happens. But I actually have a weird amount of faith that together we are going to make it through-- I am seeing so many good, good things. It's overwhelming really-- to see the helpers, the consciousness shift, the global sense of how much we all depend upon each other. These ties and links had been made invisible, but now these bonds are quite starkly there for us to behold. It's both beautiful and scary as hell. Can you feel it? How much I need you and how much you need me? Deep breath.
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So what is the plan? The online store is actually going to remain open to ship in-stock items-- and we're offering 15% off everything the rest of March as a 'dang, thank YOU' for supporting us during this time. Use code 'HereNow'. I'm operating from my house--I brought my entire store home so ship lead times will be a little longer because it's just me and, you know, the babies. 
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I've had a few clients already have to cancel their wedding dates, they are both super sad and keeping it all in perspective. And there are many of you still hoping that your wedding day will still happen this summer and fall, and I so I'm still booking virtual appointments to serve you. You can book online, I'll do everything I can to get you what you're dreaming of-- we just can't promise a delivery date until we are allowed to go back to work. I'm here for you if you want to design something, need advice on what works best for your lifestyle, want me to try stuff on for ya, need diamond education, whatever will help. You might catch me in a mom-bun and sweats, but hey, you're probably in your sweats too. It'll be fun.
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Never have I felt more grateful for all the important roles we play, how at our best we are all being of service to each other all the time. My deepest hope is that this teaches us all how to do things differently, to get back to what really matters so that our children get to grow up in a world that is safer. That has always been a driving mission for our company, now more than ever.
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With love from the mother den,
Kate Ellen