Recently I needed a self-portrait for a magazine article but I procrastinated and left it to the last minute. I hate having my picture taken! I would rather just share my bears and I was very tempted to hide behind them.
I moved them around, tried to stack them and yes, talked to them a little; then I took a deep breath, looked up at my beautiful daughter who was photographing me and smiled. She smiled back, told me I looked good and not to worry.
I realized I am so lucky to have such a supportive family who boost me whenever I need it and cheer me on. Lucky to create these little bears that make everyone smile and lucky to have met so many amazing people around the world because of my bears. So thank you to you all! I promise to always push myself to come up with new ideas and to create from the heart. That's what I want in the bears I collect and that's what you'll get in the bears you adopt from me.