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Not New, Not Yet

There’s a poem I shared in my Instagram stories that has been sticking with me and I wanted to share it with you all.


“I do not plan to start anew

in January

that is for spring

this is the night

in the dead of winter

where I pare back excess

to reach the bones of my life

so when I am reborn

I am reborn as only

my most essential nature”  

~David Gate

This makes so much sense to me. The holidays are exhausting and every tells you to dive head first into the new year with new goals and be a whole new you. But it’s not natural is it? It’s probably why we fail because we are still in recovery mode. Still hibernating. Still wintering.

So I decided I’m not even going to pay attention to goal-making right now. I’m not going to try to force myself to push the next big thing on my list. I’m not a machine. This business is not run from a corporate office that is open 24 hours a day. Industrial Whimsy is an extension of little ol’ me and I am still soaking in the family time with my kids. I’m still enjoying knitting projects with no self-imposed deadlines. I’m still searching for seashells and treasures on cold empty beaches.

Mom and I decided to make the Darrowby Sock Set for our first cast-on of the year. And we are excitedly waiting for the first episode of Season 4 of All Creatures Great and Small on Sunday.

I’d love to know how you are nurturing yourself and enjoying the slowness of winter. Leave me a comment, and I will read it and respond.


For now, I will let my hustle continue to hibernate a little while longer. 🩷🥰

~ Ester Puente ~




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