It feels as though a lifetime has passed since I first opened a little shop on Etsy selling my hand made creations.
When I first opened my Manaka online shop I wasn’t quite sure who I was, what kind of life I wanted to build for myself, or were I wanted this journey to take me.
Creating has been a big part of my life since I was a child when it was strictly a hobby. I was blessed to grow up with a grandmother who excelled at all great crafts. Knitting, crocheting, dressmaking and even latch hook rugs are arts that have been passed down through the ages to all of the women in my family.
Last summer, after successfully running an online shop for over six years, I started to reevaluate what I was doing and the direction I was taking Manaka in.
Now a year has passed and truth be told, I am still not 100% sure what direction I want to take Manaka (Or what direction Manaka wants to go).
What I do know, is that bringing good people along on this journey will make Manaka better. After all, I am only one person in one body with only my experiences, my past, and my perspective.
I have come to learn that in order to thrive we have to be in touch with others and internalize their humanity… We learn more when we tune into how others see the world and it helps us makes sense of the world around us and ourselves.
Collaboration is a part of our daily lives and we see it all around us and feel it happening inside of us. Components in a cell work together to keep it alive. Atoms cooperate in a simple way, by combining to make up molecules.
Organisms form food chains and ecosystems. Humans form families, tribes, cities and nations.
I have come to realize that like the tribe or living cell, Manaka is a living thing, organic, delicate and often complex.
I invite you to join us in this evolutionary collaborative endeavor.