Hard Reboot

Reboot, Reset -

Hard Reboot

Have you ever wanted to push the reset button and start over? That's what I've decided to do. With Alzheimer's, my mother-in-law gets to push the reset button every day. I recently spent more than six weeks with her, around the clock. It is a different type of reality she lives in, but her silver lining is that reset button. Every day is new for her. 

While I was experiencing her reality I was often thinking about the choices I've made in my life and how things might be different later. There are six lifestyle predictors for the likelihood of getting Alzheimer's: diet, exercise, sleep, stress management, continued socialization, and continued interest in learning. Fortunately I don't have Alzheimer's yet. I could do better with some of those predictors, but for the most part I'm ok. Still, I'd like that reset button.

Old age will definitely catch up with me, but it doesn't have to catch me unaware. Therefore, I've decided that life is too short to settle for less than optimum, and I'm pushing reset on a few things in my life, including Essential Editions. While I had an exciting holiday shopping season, there are enough things I'd like change about my website that it will require a hard reboot.

One new feature puts the "editions" back into Essential Editions. Regularly released editions will feature a primary design, such as something for the wall, which serves as the starting point for all the other products in the edition. Offering closely coordinated collections will help you find products that work well together either to set a mood or to satisfy one. Each edition will be available for a limited time, so when you see something you like, I hope you won't hesitate.

Another feature will be an automated ordering process. This means the moment you order something, my vendors are notified and your items automatically begin production. This means I will be able to spend less time creating mock-ups and web pages, and more time designing, helping family and rejuvenating.

One result of automation is that some of the products I've offered in the past will be discontinued. Frustration with the range in quality products plus a desire to keep production as local as possible have played a part in making these decisions. Another part of automation is that shipping will no longer be free. Allowing shipping prices and options to be determined by vendors means you are paying the exact cost of shipping rather than an estimate included in the price of the product. 

This new vision will take a while to implement, but in the meantime I will be posting some new products I think you might like. Please take advantage of the rock-bottom prices while the site is being reorganized and new products are developed.

I hope you'll like the latest edition of Essential Editions!


  • Kristin Doner

    Thanks for the support! There are bound to be challenges involved, but I look forward to learning, growing, and hopefully, letting go!

  • katherine Cleland

    Great to reset priorities, and automation, though challenging for those of us who like quality, individualization and control, can really save a lot. you’ve now challenged me to look at where I can automate those things that don’t provide added value, so I can focus on what I do best. I know you do design best, so I’m glad you’ll have more time for it.

  • Elizabeth Schaefer

    Welcome back!

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