It’s just good energy ❤️🍑

It’s been a great couple of weeks, but I’m not talking business. If you’re counting new subscribers and revenue and website views, it’s actually been pretty slow lately. But no worries, I know what I need to do – write more interesting stories. There’s no shortage of meaty stuff going on – but thinking of all that -all the things I need to do, all the things I’m maybe missing, comparing – it’s easy to get in a scarcity kind of mainframe. It’s also been a busy week, getting set to send my son to Europe for a once in a lifetime trip with his grandparents. So. Many. Things!

But when I put more value on a different kind of currency yes, it was a really great week. Maybe it’s because I’ve been out and about more and there’s a buzz, almost – a combination of spring / maybe the feeling people have of emerging from covid-bernation. The Okanagan Folk School – something I’m really proud to be a small part of – opened last weekend, and I don’t know how many times the words ‘good energy’ were spoken, lol. But it was true. People were sharing things they loved to do, and some of them hadn’t been able to do that in a long time. All the instructors who were there to teach Folk School courses showed up because they wanted to be part of this cool new thing for Peachland, and as I walked around the Chamber of Commerce during the VIP event Saturday and the open house on Sunday, there were so many overheard words of positivity. It just…gave the room a certain energy. Maybe you felt it, if you were there, too. 

It was also really cool seeing some subscribers! Some I haven’t seen in a long time, others I had never met. And honestly, when people who have signed up say they love what I’m doing, and to keep going – and ask how they can help support this Phoenix thing a little more – THAT is how I should always measure the value of my business – by how well I’m serving my subscribers. 

I have faith that if I keep doing what I really believe community news should be, good will come. Not only in terms of the obvious goal – to keep running The Phoenix – and maybe one day, make a living doing it. But also in terms of serving our community. And writing and promoting community stuff is how I like to do that. Because a big thing I love about Peachland is there’s no shortage of people who want to make this town better.

And there’s no shortage of hope in Peachland, either. That was another reason this past weekend was great. It was news that was so good, I burst into tears. It’s a story to perhaps share another day, when the time is right. 

In the meantime, I’m wishing you all a very Happy Easter. Enjoy the weekend!

Written by Kristen Friesen

April 15, 2022

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