A Look Back & A Fresh Start

by Jessica Lam January 17, 2022 2 min read

A Look Back & A Fresh Start

Throwback to 2016 when my very first shipment of planners arrived. Seeing my empty studio has me remembering those first days when I was anxiously awaiting the arrival of my first planners. For one year I poured my soul into the creation of those planners and I was terrified no one would purchase. What would we do with 3000 pounds of planners? Was this all a mistake?

The planners went live on the website and the orders started coming. And the messages too! So many kind emails, direct messages, and comments made it even sweeter.

I have this image burnt into my mind of Allyson, then just 3 years old, helping me push a cart full of boxes into the post office. I can imagine how enormous it must have looked through her little eyes. After we rolled the cart inside she looked at it and said “Wow Mommy! We did it!” I know she was referring to us physically loading all those packages one by one but to me it meant so much more.

We did it.
All those late nights.
I poured my heart and soul into creating this business.
And now here we are with real life products I created.
And people actually wanted to buy them!
We actually did it!

That was the moment I knew it was all going to be worth it.

Now that little girl is 8 and she has a 2 year old sister. The last couple years have been the hardest as our family navigated some tough things. I’ve admittedly kept G&L on the back burner while dealing with grief and so much more. Everything going on in the world right now has only helped to magnify our own struggles.

So now here I am. The kids are finally both back to school after illnesses and school closures. I’m sitting on my empty studio floor reminding myself of my start. I feel that fire and passion coming back and I think I finally even have a few new ideas to tackle. It seems all I needed all this time was a fresh start in an empty room, just like the beginning.

I’ve missed creating products to help you organize your life and the community that welcomed me and became my friends. It feels good to be back. I’m having fun imagining what’s next for me and Green & Lyme.

And if you are still here after all this time, a heartfelt thank you for sticking with me through this.♥️
Jessica Lam
Jessica Lam



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