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It was a beautiful website, not because it was the best made one but because I had put a lot of work into it and it had started to produce.

This year started off as a challenge. From rebuilding the website to setting up a new kiln… (We spoke about this in previous posts that we will never see again… Insert crying emoji) It was a challenge on all fronts. Then, in March, we went back to rising cases of Covid-19 and it seemed as though we were walking backward.

May saw my 2021 workshop schedule going down the tubes as an SOE was called and curfew instituted. Still I plodded on with completing my site and voila! It was ready in June and I had my first shop update. It was awesome!

We have a saying here in Trinidad that we use in school when it seems as though nothing is going right: "Goat bite we" Coming down to the end of June, it felt like that. Just like that my site disappeared. Reaching out to my host I was told that there was a major problem with the server and processor that he was trying to fix. Two days later, the reality hit. My entire website was gone along with all the data, blog posts, work that I had put in. Here I am in July, rebuilding my site and starting Pieces of My world again for the fourth time.

This time I really wanted to give up; just throw it in and not bother. I am however, a stubborn soul. So I cried a lot. I called my host who promised to do the work of rebuilding the site and here I am.

I always look for lessons in every situation. One lesson: Back up, back up, back up.

I honestly thought that I had. I remember going to the section but apparently I hadn’t done due diligence. Technology is a slippery slope and I just fell on my butt.

One thing though, even though it really feels like I’ve been in that horror movie and my website was one of the victims, I am still looking for things to be thankful for. Invariably when you do that, you find things. You find blessings in the storm.

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