Hello friends. It's good to be here.
A lot has changed since I last posted. Rather than a recap, I think an apology is in order. You see, I underestimated how much this small community appreciated what we were doing here, and I didn't communicate the way I would have liked to.
I came to a place in my life where something had to change. When it came down to what had to give, this was the thing. No apologies for making this decision, but in hindsight I would have liked to reach out to you all individually and thank you for believing in bobbox.
I don't have the words to tell you how much that belief meant to me; I'm often my own worst critic and find myself lacking confidence in many areas of my life. Simple decisions can be agonizing for me, let alone choices with actual stakes. I've been told repeatedly I'm one of the worst people to be with when deciding where to eat (definitely some truth to this one) and you trusting me with your hard-earned money means more to me than I think you'll ever know. Some of you even bought more than one bobbox product, so we must have been doing something right!
I'm now at a place where I find myself longing to do this work again. I learned a lot of valuable lessons the first time around, and this time will look different. New designs will come out gradually, with designs from some rad people I've met. New blog posts will be infrequent, but they may turn into a newsletter down the line if there seems to be a fit.
Maybe someday in the future, this thing will turn into a way to stand on its own; I have this wild dream of creating an organization that uses donations, merch sales, and other products to employ counselors in an effort to provide low-cost, accessible, and quality mental health services. I would love nothing more than to build a thing that maximizes the good I can do and helps as many people as possible.
For now, we'll be donating to organizations like HeartSupport, The Trevor Project, and other organizations that are doing good work. We're always open to suggestions!
Additionally, we'll be looking for people who'd like to see some of their art make it onto merchandise as well as those interested in contributing to the blog. I'm a big fan of the power of storytelling and have learned a lot from hearing other people speak their truths out loud. If you tick either of these boxes or are interested in helping out in other ways, get at me.
For you TL;DR people: bobbox is coming back, hopefully better than before, and has big plans for the next few years. We hope you'll be a part of it.
With gratitude, appreciation, and nervous anticipation,