Wowsers. It's been was while between blog posts!
Bob Dylan sang it best in 1964. The times they are a-changin'.
It as definitely a simpler time back then. I wasn't alive, but I just know. Even 15 years ago life was simpler. Slower even I guess.
My kids are growing up faster than I like to think about. As with every stage in parent hood, a whole lot of new challenges present themselves as the kids get older.
Every body says enjoy the kids when they are little. However you are so busy getting through nappies, bottles, bath times and feeding times and whether or not you're doing motherhood right - that you forget to stop and smell the roses and enjoy that simpler time. They just needed lots of cuddles, to colour with them, or to kiss their cut knee better.
Now it seems they only need you for a taxi, cash and to not embarrass them (which I feel like I do an excellent job of - completely on purpose of course). I read a blog lately (one of my faves The Bear and the Whale - read it here) that mentioned grieving the 'at home stage' and I didn't realise until I read it that that is exactly what I have been doing for a while now. Don't get me wrong - I am insanely proud of my girls and who they are becoming, but geez it is mentally tough some days. I often find myself yearning for that time when things were simpler and a teddy bear biscuit whilst watching playshool was enough.
Things are so busy. All the time. I mean ALL. THE. TIME. Racing over here and just ducking in there.
"Quick kids get in the car we are late".
"Hurry up or you'll miss the bus".
"Why didn't you give me the note last night?"
"OMG now I am late for work".
"No you can't have - insert current teen fad that any one child wants to purchase/download/attempt".
"I'll get to that in 5 minutes".
"I'll only be 5 minutes".
"It will only take 5 minutes".
"I'm on my way, I'm running 5 minutes late".
Well there just isn't enough 5 minutes in the day.
The kids are getting older, life is getting faster and I'm no sure it will change anytime soon. It seems in 5 minutes, I'll turn around and the kids will be moving out, getting married, having babies themselves.
Now lets bring this back to stationery.
More and more clients are asking for digital files they can download themselves to print at home. I guess that is simpler. Just download what you need instead of going from shop to shop trying to find the right thing and paying a small fortune in the process. At the click of the button, and much much faster (not even 5 minutes), you can download a file, type up some words, print off and send something out. All from your own home.
I guess you could even (and this kills me....it really does) download, and then use an app (OMG it hurts to even say this) to create a digital invite, that you screen shot and email, or message or whatever to all your guests. (i think I may have just shed a tear).
I'm not sure how much longer actual paper stationery that you send via snail mail will be required by you guys (let's hope it is not in my career's lifespan), but I have to move with the times and offer digital paper solutions.
So I have three new designs that offer just that. Digital paper formatted to size - ready to just download, type your words over and the print or email to your guests. Look at and buy it here.
Yup Bob, (or Sandhi Thom - "I wish I was a punk rocker" - if you're a 1990's/2000's baby) I guess the times are a-changin'' and one day (like in about 5 minutes) there will be no more running to the letterbox and experiencing the joy of receiving a beautifully crafted paper invitation.