Today’s kind of been a weird day what with the funeral and all and I didn’t really get to post what I’d intended either but the big news to share with you is that Fashion-Incubator is one year old today! That was why I wanted you guys to post your favorite posts of the past year so I could publish the list in today’s anniversary post but I haven’t gotten enough submissions yet (please continue submitting your favorites).
Anyway, it’s been a day of reflection for me. I’ve looked over the past year’s posts and asked myself if I’ve remained true to my mission and what it is that I hope to accomplish here. While there’s always room for improvement, I think I’ve kept my central focus pretty well. My goal has always been to create the impetus for job creation by supporting entrepreneurs. Still, one cannot be singularly profit focused, one must be kind, compassionate and humane. Profit is not incompatible with passion and peace. Profit need not come at the expense of people. The key to success is to nurture people, not products. I hope that with my example, I’ve proven this to you more than words ever could. I have wanted to teach you that your life’s work should reflect your values. You cannot be a slave to poor choices. The choice really is slavery or bravery, you can only pick one.
Looking over the past year’s posts, I’d have to say that these are probably some of my favorite posts, the ones that contain the flavor of all it is that I hope to accomplish here -well that and the funnier ones. From oldest to newest:
The cognitive dissonance of experts
Thrift store shopping
Me and my blog
Bloggers, mothers and tommys run amok
Smoking & drinking: cherished industry traditions
How quickly we forget
Push manufacturing; subverting the fit feedback loop (actually, I like all the vanity sizing myth posts)
My dirty laundry
Becoming a lean manufacturer
Miracle and me
Sally and me (Sally is just the coolest person!)
Evidently, I’m still mean
Project Kaizen: Tuesday (as well as all the lean manufacturing posts)
Knits are evil (the comments were great)
Slavery or Bravery. Pick one
A post about nothing
Fix my pants
Suffering unappreciated inventor
Here’s to hoping we’ll have continued growth in our community in the coming year. Let’s resolve to expand our community and hopefully we can infect others -enthusiasts and business people alike- with the message that the integrity of craftsmanship still matters.