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Embracing the Change

Many things in our lives have changed in 2020.  Over the past 6 months we have had to learn to live from a distance and appreciate the personal spaces we live and work in a little bit more.

For me, change has been the name of the game since the end of 2019. For work and personal reasons I decided I was finally ready to make a big move.   On March 1st with the help of my mom and a few friends I packed up my apt  in my beloved Los Angeles where I lived for 7 years to begin the move back to my hometown of NYC.

I arrived back to NYC still looking for an apt. as Covid Isolation began.  The same day I found my apt. our Soho shop location closed.  It was March 13th, I had been back in NYC 1 week to the day and decided I had no choice but to embrace the change.  All the plans and planning that went into the decision to make the move no longer had any relevance.  Our Venice location closed as well as all of the events I had lined up were cancelled one by one.  It has been 6 months and I have not been able to go back to LA.  I love NYC dearly however miss LA almost as much.  I had no idea the last time I was there would be the last time I would get to enjoy the LA sunshine and lifestyle as well as see my beautiful friends and clients I’d grown to love and cherish in my time there.

Fast forward to today.  I know embracing the change isn’t always easy.  Even as I write this I wonder how things may have been different had I stayed in LA or moved back to NYC sooner.   As I sit and daydream a little more, I remind myself to stay focused in the present moment and love where I am now.

As with everything else, our shopping landscape and the way we shop has changed dramatically for most of us over the past 6 months.  I used to be 50/50 on my online shopping vs in person.  These days I’m more 80%-20%.  I like to support some local businesses in my area or else I’d be 100% online.  6 months ago I never thought that would be me.

In 2006 I put up my first eCommerce website at the suggestion of my Dad.  I had been working around the clock at my full time property management job while simultaneously filling jewelry orders.   With the confidence and support of many amazing people in my life I decided to take my 5 year hobby and turn it into a full time business.  Although I have always had the online store I chose to open brick and mortar locations and work at many in person events to get to know my clients and what they are looking for.

Here we are today, 14 years later and online shopping is where it is at.  I am slowly embracing that change as well.  I am now offering video appointments and outdoor meetings in the NYC area.

One thing thing that hasn’t changed is our Annual Summer sale.  We are doing it a little differently this year.   Friday, August 28th- Sunday, August 30th discounts will range from 20-50% off including free shipping.  Please look for our emails this week as well as on all of our social media pages for further details.  If you are not already on our mailing list please subscribe or email me and we will put you on. dana@danablairdesigns.com

Thank you for all of your love and support over the years.  I hope that you are surrounded by love and are able to let go and embrace the change. xxoo