Sarah, mama of 2 girls and the creative force behind bodhi handmade finds herself working and playing in a temperate rainforest on an island in the Alaska panhandle. Far from a large urban centre Sarah’s bright skirts, pinafores and kerchiefs contrast beautifully against the lush greens and greys of her wild environs.
To get to know her a little more I asked Sarah some questions:
Little Wool Maus: What has been the best part about leaving your full-time job to start bodhi handmade?
Sarah: Aside from the financial uncertainty that comes with running your own business, absolutely everything. It has all been the best. I love being able to create things with my hands, and work when I feel inspired in a space where I can be with my children. I love feeling the direct results of really getting it right, making something happen… and also knowing when something is not working, and having the freedom to change it. I feel so lucky to be able to do what I am doing.
Little Wool Maus: Your daughters must be endless sources of inspiration for bodhi handmade creations. Where else do you draw inspiration from?
Sarah: Apart from my daughters, who are constantly nudging me in directions I may not otherwise go, I am inspired, or perhaps motivated by the place I live: In a temperate rainforest, on an Island in Alaska. We are surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, and get over 13 feet of rainfall a year. Our world is green, or grey, or some sort of green-grey combination, depending on the time of year. Working with and wearing bold and warm colors is how we manage living in a place where winters are dark and summers are cool and wet. A bright skirt, leggings, and rain boots is sort of the year-round uniform for my very particular, fashion opinionated, daughters. It is what I often find myself wearing as well. Maybe it is our daily act of silent protest against grey skies.
Maya and Sophie (Sarah’s girls) – Photo by Jake Breinholt.
Little Wool Maus: How do you balance mothering with running your business?
Sarah: That is a great question, and I am not sure I have the answer. I feel I am learning to involve my children in my work more all of the time, which is a really wonderful transition. However, I am always, either intentionally or unintentionally, letting something go. What I am working toward now, is changing the way I look at and judge the balance, letting go of the idea of how it “should” look, and taking things one day at a time, one moment at a time. I think learning to give everything that I want in my life the love and attention it deserves will be a life long process.
Little Wool Maus: What, in your mind, is the perfect way to spend a rainy Saturday?
Sarah: A rainy Saturday is most Saturdays for us. We either spend them inside, destroying the house with projects: art projects, sewing projects, kitchen projects… Or we put on our rain jackets and head out to explore. Either way is perfect.
Rainy day – Photo by Jake Breinholt.
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