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Well, y’all… we did it. We endured 2020, the year that seemed to last a decade. And we are ready to slam, lock, and caulk that door shut. Listen, we’re not naïve – we know that just because the calendar flipped a page that the universe didn’t flip a magic switch; the ball drop didn’t come with some Fairy Godmother that would put things back to the way they were before at the stroke of midnight. And ladies, that’s exactly why we need to shift our focus forward, we’ve got to look to what’s ahead -- 2021, whatever it brings, is here, and if we don’t welcome it in with a little bit of optimism and hope and a whole lot of humor, well, then that’s just bad juju!

On that note, we want to invite you to join us in a little thing that many of us in the Double D family are doing this year to stay in a positive state of mind: keeping a gratitude journal. It was so easy to get caught up in the negative events of last year, that we’ve decided to make a more conscious effort to focus on the good by writing it down. Of course, we’re doing it in DDR style – Jewelry Keeper Journal and Marble Leather Journal for those who like a little more freehand and/or like to sketch. Get yours and join us in infusing a little positivity and gratitude into 2021!

But that’s kind of our “collective” resolution. On the tail end of a year like that, we got curious about what individual New Year’s resolutions would look like this year. (Yeah, we know… you’re supposed to start your resolutions on Jan. 1, but we all deserve a few extra days to recover from 2020. We’ll give it until Monday.) So, we did a little asking around the office, and the answers were full of the expected humor and realism this crew is known for.

MITCHELL FRANZ: I have too many to list. I like to make a bunch, like 30, and then even if I fail at 29, but I stick to one, then ya know – success! What I really want most in 2021 is for Halley to meet deadlines. Not even deadlineS, plural – A deadline.

[Author’s Note: He was obviously saying this directly to me and was totally (ok, mostly) tongue-in-cheek. But, also, #same – it’s my #1 resolution for 2021. Send thoughts and prayers.]

HEDY CARTER: Well, to lose weight, I guess, but whose isn’t after quarantine? Then again, I make that same resolution every year. Hell, I make it every Monday.

KRISTEN SCHLEY: Lose weight, drink less wine, stop cursing, be kinder? Just so you know -- none of those will happen.

CHERYL McMULLEN: I’m not making any this year. I went into 2020 on such a high, what with the January trip to Nashville, and Tanya, and the Grammys in LA. I’m not jinxing it this year. Plus, I never keep ‘em anyway.

We found a lot of people weren’t making them this year – and some weren’t suitable for print (looking at you, Doris). It seems that most of our resolve is to just. keep. going. And you know what? In times like these, that’s good enough.

If last year taught us anything, it’s that a whole lot of things are out of our control. (I mean, I guess we’ve always known that – you know what they say about God and plans…) It really held a mirror up to each of us, showed us what we’re made of, and we all learned a lot about how we handle things like isolation, crisis, and unparalleled levels of uncertainty. But guess what? If you’re reading this, you’ve survived 100% of the hard days you’ve had so far, and that’s a pretty damn impressive batting average, girl. Pressure makes diamonds and swords are forged in fire, and as far as we’re concerned, our Wolf Pack came out on the other side of 2020 even stronger and more beautiful. We’ve been humbled by your support, moved by your kindness and compassion – toward us, toward each other, toward anyone in need – and endlessly in awe of and grateful for this community y’all have built. Here’s to a better year ahead. 

Play nice. Be Free. Keep going.

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Lucinda Jones Hollier - January 15, 2021

A big, belated thank you for the lovely, commemorative DD scarf. It took quite a bit of convincing for my husband to believe I had not received another item from my all-time favorite, Double D Ranchwear. He said, “You have three closets full already!” NEVER enough to quell my addiction!

Sandra Whitlock - January 7, 2021

Thank you for such a great read and for building us up! I thank you for my lovely scarf. It was so nice of you all and it made me feel special! I’ve always been a tuff-minded gal. Take suff in stride and pray for the best in every situation. Isolation is hard but I find away to enter helps greatly. Let’s go forward with a smile and love for everyone., myself and your encourganment, thanke ya’ll. sandra

Jo Anne Duncan - January 3, 2021

What I want is to weat all my beautiful DD clothes I bought while in isolation. It is just not the same to sit in your living room in your finery. But on a positive note how lucky I am to have them.

Pam Scott - January 3, 2021

Reading this while watching football after online church today. I love how you ladies are such a good example of what the world needs now. Love, friendship and inclusiveness.

debra huston - January 3, 2021

Very powerful read this morning! I’m so ucky and grateful to be part of this family and Wolf pack! Thank you!

Patti Gaskill - January 3, 2021

Challenge accepted ☺️ Thank you for the DD scarf I received on New Years Eve. You made me feel joy and I needed to feel true joy. Thank you for the Sunday reads. I LOVE to read and so relate to your words. Like I know you all personally. Like you’re reading this mind. I’m an educator of 40 years and debating on moving on to a new adventure. Wishing the best to you.

Pat Neveux - January 3, 2021

Always choose happiness. This is my choice every morning, I choose happiness.

Deborah Havens - January 3, 2021

Ladies you are an inspiration to all of us! You handled yourselves with grace in the line of fire last year. If we all can rise to that level in 2021 we will have a better and kinder year. God Bless You All.

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