I am a natural born nester. I make things. I love cooking. I have been known to sew curtains and wield a power drill, level, and screws to install the curtain rods, too. I love giving old items a new life.
I am drawn to simple, beautiful things that have a history and a story.
I’ve been thinking a lot about why I started Skill It, why I love talking about cooking and making things, and where I hope I will be at this time next year. I’ve been quiet, spending my December in hibernation and reflection, making space to listen and set intentions. And I am excited for what 2013 may bring.
Skill It began with the desire to shepherd knowledge, skills and traditions as they are passed from one generation to the next.
Each of us has a bounty of treasures and talents within us. Maybe we don’t realize that they’re there. Sometimes we forget all that we know. We haven’t practiced them in years. We don’t think anyone would even notice or think they were remarkable if we shared them.
I hope to be the voice that says to you: “you are brimming with talents, begging to be shared.”
You might find that as you share, you feel more deeply connected to who you are, where you belong, and what you love.
Skill It is not about my skills, it’s about your skills.
It’s you, making your grandmother’s icebox cookies.
It’s you, setting the table with your mother’s salt & pepper shakers.
It’s you, planting seeds for an herb garden with your children just like you did with your father when you were little.
It’s your recipe for meatloaf, your talent for re-painting a chair, your love of setting the table for a holiday gathering. You have a special way of doing these things. Some of them you learned from a parent, relative, or friend, others you taught yourself or learned along the way.
All of them are you. They are your Secret Sauce. They are your heritage, your touchstones, and they want to be passed on.
What are your hidden talents?
What’s the thing you do that brings a smile to your face and reminds you of just who you are?
And which lucky people will you share it with?
This is what I hope we will do together in the New Year.