'Do you realize that you have mostly been writing about wedding dresses and baby things since I asked you to marry me?' M.A. commented the other day. I was shocked, but realized it was true: my time of eco fashion adventures seems light years away. Nowadays, I wash cloth diapers instead of blouses made of peace silk. And travelling to yet another city to discover ethical boutiques is replaced by pushing around a buggy in our neighborhood. It is a different life and maybe not as exciting to blog about.
Although I am immensely enjoying this new status quo that makes our family three, I also struggle with multiplicity. The multiplicity of roles I have like being a family member, an eco-fashionista, a friend, a researcher, a writer, a community member, an entrepreneur, a neighbour and most of all: a mom. Like Gladwell says in 'The Tipping Point': 'Character is like a bundle of habits, tendencies and interests, loosely bound together and dependent, at certain times, on circumstance and context'. In this new setting of taking care of our son, traits that I never knew I had, suddenly blossom. And aspects of my personality I figured were basically imprinted, seem to have disappeared like morning fog on a sunny day.
As some doors close, others open and I look forward to what is yet to come. First of all I will reflect on all those years of researching and participating in the ethical fashion community. I have done around 100 interviews and have many hours of recordings waiting for me to be analyzed and turned into a dissertation. It is my wish to continue creating knowledge on what drives social entrepreneurs: in general but in particular in ethical fashion because at this point in time I can't imagine a more exciting, interesting and sexy industry than that.
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Image: Courtesy of Noortje Huige
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