Astrid is inspired by the need to preserve one's sense of wonder. It's so easy to lose oneself in caring for others. Women, culturally, are still expected to take care of everyone around them before themselves. While initially a beautiful gift, it becomes unsustainable.
Five years ago, I was in the midst of that experience; caring for two loved ones. The superhuman adrenaline I drew upon initially had begun to dissipate and I began to not recognize myself.
In the midst of this turmoil I brought my mother to visit family in Sweden. Each day we walked to a historic church cafe in the heart of old Stockholm.
Our time together was poignant, but also imbued with foreboding.
This shifted one day when I looked up to find the ceiling hand-painted with stars from the 1500s, filling me with awe and wonder.
Since that moment, I don’t forget to look up. You never know when you will find a sign of hope, and a symbol of what is to come.