Taking time to reflect on the past year as we launch into the future ~January is the a time of New Beginnings!
Reflecting on the past year, I must acknowledge the challenges I have faced with my small business in 2023. However, I also recognize the incredible strength and resilience of my customers, who have continued to be the backbone of my business. Your feedback has been instrumental in helping me understand how I can improve your experience with Raven Hill Botanicals. Your insights have guided me in identifying areas for improvement, and I am thus committed to taking meaningful steps to address them. The last three years, beginning in 2020 with the worldwide pandemic, have taught us many things. However, the main lesson for me, after so much loss, has been to find strength and to realize what I have endured is tantamount to climbing Mount Everest and walking a tightrope of trepidation while navigating the uncertain waters of the issues all of us faced as we come out of three years of the pandemic.
This year is the tenth anniversary of when I launched Raven Hill Botanicals! There have been ups and downs, and it has remained a small business because I have had the challenge of running a business through the pandemic without much assistance. Nonetheless, I persevere and strive for the standards of excellence that have always marked my way thus far!
I love what I do, and creating and sharing these fantastic formulas is my life's work, along with energy healing, aromatherapy, wildcrafting, gardening, and sharing the art of Shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, the mindful practice of absorbing the calming atmosphere of natural places like the forest in which I live! Last year, I re-launched a program I started in 2003 after my return from Europe called Come Home to the Forest ~Nature gatherings for young and old alike to reconnect with nature and their spirits. To gather around the campfire, not hike, but stroll and learn to be still and listen to the forest. Join us this summer! Meanwhile, enjoy the gift of the forest, meadows, and garden herbs in each bottle or jar of my skincare and whole body care salves and body butters. I also offer consultations in skincare, aromatherapy, and energy healing.
Some of us don't want to be tough alpha leaders.
Some of us just want to write and wander the garden
and breathe in the sky and nourish and nurture
and quietly create new pathways
and live our lives as our art.
To know the earth as poetry.
~Victoria Erickson ~