2017, What a year!

As 2017 comes to a close, I am thankful for all the people I have met this year. There was not enough time to get to everything I had set out at the beginning of the year but I suppose it’s an inevitable consequence to always trying to improve and satisfying the creative mind. None the less, it has been a challenging year. I was hoping to increase production and expand product offerings but life just does not always go as planned. We did take on some interesting projects we had not done before — learned new things: some interior design, some consulting, and some rendering.

My wife and I welcomed our second child in the middle of the summer. Unfortunately, as some of you have seen from my Instagram feed, not long after birth, she was transferred to a neonatal intensive care unit. She was diagnosed with some brain trauma and has a condition where she cannot take anything by mouth. After almost two months in the hospital, we finally brought her home. She is doing better but requires constant monitoring. I always knew the importance of good healthcare but this experience highlighted the importance of good healthcare access for all.

As a result of life's uncertainties, I scaled back production and turned to more flexible work that I can do in the office while I keep watch of the new addition. I am not sure how long this will last but in the coming months I might try to head back into the workshop again on a project by project basis. Let's see how 2018 goes, shall we?