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Editors' Note - February 2022

Hi Blossom readers!

For February we’re choosing to focus on reflection…and we’ve had a lot of time to reflect. Maybe you’ve noticed that Blossom took a brief, unplanned hiatus recently. I’d love to say that we paused our content because we were so focused on planning new and exciting things for the magazine (which we are doing, I promise!) but the truth is that we were all just a bit burnt out. Apparently juggling full-time jobs, relationships, basic human needs, and creative pursuits can get sort of exhausting. Who knew!

But we’re back, and we’ve taken this time to recharge, regroup, and yes, reflect. It’s been nearly a year since Blossom’s launch, and I know this is sappy to say, but I’m honestly so proud of what we’ve all accomplished in that time. What started as essentially an inside joke between me and Maddy has now grown into something much bigger than we could have imagined, and my life is so much richer for it. At this point last year, I never would have believed that I could have found not only confidence in my own writing, but also a community of other artists whose friendship and creativity inspire me constantly. It’s been a learning experience, clearly, but I can’t wait to see where this next year takes us.

I’m not going to lie, the past few months have been exhausting. Through new careers, relationships, and another surge of the pandemic (please be safe out there, y’all), there hasn’t been much time to do the things that fuel us. Art and writing took a back seat for a few months, but we’re back and we plan to be here for a while. I never imagined that this small project would grow as big as it has. I never thought that it could lead to friendships with talented creatives from all over the country, and I really never thought that I would fall in love with nonfiction writing as hard as I did.

This month we are here to reflect. On the past year. On Blossom. On the paths it took all of us to get here. We are grateful for you, and the patience you have as we just try to figure out this life thing – even if we might get a little burnt out from time to time.

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