So, this year has been the fastest I've ever experienced.
For us as a family, it's been fraught with uncertainty, anxiety, heartache and lots of busy, very busy, days. You see, my husband was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer on December 20th 2016.
Our whole world suddenly came crashing down around us that day.
Since that day, Mark has had to endure the most horrendous treatments, severe weight loss (to the point of dangerous and life threatening) and he has faced a real emotional and mental battle more than anything. We all have actually. We have all faced the same nightmare, just from a slightly different perspective. We have faced it together. It hasn't been easy, the daily hospital appointments, the impromptu trips to the emergency room, the weekly chemotherapy with the ensuing sickness and fatigue, the agonising wait for test results.
For the past 6 months, I have been the carer, the mother, the cook, the cleaner, the taxi driver, the maintenance guy, the shopper, the admin person, the one that keeps it all together. With all of those jobs to do, I didn't have much time for any client work or personal work (or myself for that matter).
My husband couldn't work for the first 5 months of his treatment because he just wasn't well enough. And I couldn't commit to any new client work not knowing if I'd be able to get it done. Financially, this was/is tough.
Things are looking fairly good right now though. My husband has slowly been gaining some weight back and has been able to work from home. He has even gone to his work place every Tuesday for the past 3 weeks which is such a big step forward for him. It's good for him, he thrives on and loves his work so to see this is the best, most positive thing I think I've seen in a long time. He has been making some meals too which is not really that big a deal but really where I struggled the most after doing it everyday for 6 months solid.
What this means for me is that I too get a bit of respite. I can begin to pick up where I left off all those months ago. Slowly but surely. I'm excited to begin working again.
We have had some wonderful support and understanding throughout this difficult time from friends and family (you all know who you are) and I can't thank you enough. In a world that, right now, seems to be full of hatred and insane goings on, it really warms my heart to know that there are still decent, caring, kind, loving and just down right amazing human beings in this world.
So, with that long-winded introduction and back story, I'd like to share my 100 days of plates project with you.
A lot of people have been asking me if I will print the plates and if so how will I do it.
The simple answer is no, I won't be printing the plates. However, if any home decor/gift companies out there spy anything that catches your eye please get in touch to set the wheels in motion.
The long answer is this: I am doing this project a: because I love plates and I love designing them. And b: after having such a long spell where I wasn't creating, I felt that doing this would give me that creative freedom, without pressure to just make some new stuff. There are no rules, I can put whatever I want on the plates. They're my plates. I just need to get my brain, heart and spirit going again. I'm ready.
You can follow my plate progress on my Instagram just search the hashtag #zoesplates to see them all together.