Now that we are a few weeks into the new year, I’ve had some time to think about my word for the year. I like to choose a word for the year because it sets a general direction, feeling, and tone as we move into a new season. That being said, my word for the year is GRATEFUL.

Last year hit everyone by storm in more ways than one but despite it all, I am oh so grateful. Grateful for our local community. Grateful for local wine lovers like you and me. Grateful to have been able to keep all our employees at their regular hours despite the minimum wage going up. Not only am I grateful but, as I say those things I feel humbled as well. I know so many small businesses who had to cut their employees' hours, furlough their staff, and even lay people off. While the past year was incredibly difficult and demanded some innovation and a shift in focus for small business owners, I will be forever grateful for how our community rallied and supported us. Without them, we wouldn’t be where we are in 2021.

So, if you’re reading this I want to extend my gratitude to YOU. Thank you for reading my blog and buying and drinking our wines. Thank you for supporting small businesses like Latah Creek. As I’m sure you can tell this is a labor of love for our entire family and I can only hope it extends out from our home to yours.

It’s your turn! What’s your word of the year?

- Natalie