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  • Writer's pictureSugar Rose Studios

A New Beginning

I can't believe I have graduated! It truly feels surreal. There are some super exciting things happening this summer. ๐Ÿ˜

I want to share an inspirational speech I wrote for my school because I feel like it shows how much this community has shaped me in a positive way. Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜„

They say when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

Well, in March of last year, life threw me a hell of a lot of lemons. But I'm not going to be drinking that lemonade because Iโ€™m pretty sure it has a pH lower than battery acid.

This past year I have lost my dog, my grandfather, my love of school, my relationships with friends, my happiness, my freedom, and so, so much more.

My life was thrown upside down.

March break turned into online learning for the rest of the year and the one thing I actually looked forward to every day, yes, schoolโ€ฆ was now online. And not the same.

Soon the closeness and togetherness of being a family became a chore.

As did looking at the walls for days at a time. unsure of what the future held.

Grocery stores became a place where I had panic attacks.

My home became a place I didnโ€™t want to be.

But there was nowhere else to go.

I always asked myself โ€œHow can things get any worse?โ€

I stopped asking.

Here is where two stories merge.

I was never a conventional child. At four years old I begged my parents to let me get on the back of a horse.

No one in my family rides horses, and honestly

I have no idea where it came from. But it has developed into a lifelong passion.

When I was younger a friend of mine introduced me to Schleich model horses.

Somehow these toys were rediscovered in the boredom of quarantine while I rediscovered my basement. Kinda creepy, not going to lie

I used to make small crafts for the horses, like barns out of popsicle sticks and blankets out of felt squares.

Now older and more artistically attuned, I took on the challenge with a new, informed approach.

I watched tutorials on YouTube and got inspiration from Model Horse accounts on Instagram. I never knew a whole world filled with these models existed.

After receiving lots of compliments on my posts, many people messaged me asking if I sold my creations. For a while I even had to put in my bio โ€œI do not sell my stuff,โ€ but somehow that motivated me. What if I could sell my stuff?