Today is December 31st, the last day the year, and what a year it has been.
Things in the Juniper Studio have been very quiet. January brought the birth of our beautiful baby daughter, who has been keeping me more than busy. We also spent a large part of the year overseas with family. During this change and time away, it has been very hard to even think about Juniper - a passion project teetering on the edge of something more, a small business with potential, but needing a seemingly bottomless bucket of energy that I just haven't had.
I'm not sure what 2024 will bring. My hope is to slowly regain a little more space and time to work on new blends and other creative projects, and do more than just maintain supply to my stockists. But if I am being honest, if I don't do more than this year over the next, that's fine with me.
The societies we live in place so much pressure on us to be more than we are. Of course it is important to follow inspiration, to want to learn and grow as people - but success doesn't have to mean just doing more, making more, having more to show. It's hard to remember this as a small business - we don't need to be like the big ones. It's actually really great to just keep ticking along, to plateau for stretches while other things take priority. And being a Mama is definitely more important to me right now.
I am very happy to keep offering my perfume oils to those that enjoy them. But I'm also happy to say I might not be offering anything new for 2024. Though I guess we'll have to wait and see.
Wishing you joy and happiness for the year ahead and plenty of space for plateauing in any area of life!