Sometimes, simply hearing that
someone else is feeling the same
way as you, brings comfort.

It reminds us that we aren't alone. That we are understood. Our beautiful MM team, have agreed to get vulnerable. To share each week, how they are feeling, how they are navigating these strange times. We hope that these little snippets of vulnerability can bring strength and solidarity. We are in this together.

The weekend before New Zealand went into lockdown, I was actually in Akaroa with my parents. They had just sold their house there so our trip was an emotional goodbye.

Completely in our own world, we hadn't been paying attention to what was happening or how things had progressed until we were watching the news at the airport.

All of a sudden I was at my kitchen bench, cutting samples out on the floor! However, I decided from the beginning that I wanted to use my time wisely during this period of 'forced rest', realising that I actually needed it.

Since I was 11 years old I have been designing and making my own clothes. Literally, just the thought of clothes brings me joy! However, for a while Maggie and I have spoken about how hard it is having to start designing a new collection the week after shooting the last one! The turnaround is insane. You have just given all your ideas away and now you’re expected to do it all again. Design 'now', give us something new 'now'. How is this conducive of quality, well considered garments? So, in light of this, during lock down I wanted to find my love for fashion again. I spent my weekends and evenings designing, sewing or pattern making. Sitting there and just being still, not feeling rushed but doing what I love, for me.

I had a few nights where I would cry myself to sleep, feeling worried and unsure about the future. However, I have held onto this verse from Psalm 30:5 “weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning”. This reminds me that no matter our current situation we don't know what the future holds so why worry about what we don’t know? I remind myself to live one day at a time. Being grateful for where I am, what I have and finding joy in the little things. Knowing that things will get better. Although the future is still uncertain, I am continuing to take one day at a time. It’s so lovely to be back in the office, I am especially enjoying our morning coffee runs, supporting and encouraging our local businesses.

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