I was finally able to get to the Leonard St flagship store at 132 Gertrude St after wanting to check it out for the longest time. It turns out they were having a VIP Sale that day, so they were equipped with cakes along with their usual amazing wares. Not only do they stock some great pieces for me to wear, they also have a cute children’s range called Little Leonard St as well as some homewares such as some awesome quirky cushions. Perusing the racks, I instantly fell in love with this Brick jumper.
Gazing at this simple yet mesmerising tessellation, I had an epiphany – there is a truth that applies equally to bricklaying, style and life – to build something great, you have to start with the foundation. I seem to be learning that lesson over and over again. In some cases, the lesson relates to literal foundations, such as with the work we’re carrying out on our new home, in other cases it’s more metaphorical, but no less important, such as our efforts to raise a ten month old human being – all aspects of life need a solid foundation. I’ve been taking stock of the habits that I’ve formed in my life and realising that not all of them provide strong foundations for the life I want to live, whether that be staying up far too late to finish writing a blog post or snacking on way too many sweets when I’m feeling under pressure. These are some foundational habits that need to be addressed first, because while they seem small now, as more bricks get laid on top, our bad habits turn from cracks into structural defects. So wish me luck as I try to firm up my foundations so they’re strong enough to support my family life, my ambitions and my callings. Of course, I’m typing all this at one o’clock in the morning having just pigged out on some scrumptious salt water taffy – so I guess the second lesson to be learnt here is that we might all be unique masterpieces designed to do great things, but we’re also very much works-in-progress.