Codi Ann Thomsen
Codi Ann Thomsen is a craftswoman, story-teller and the founder of West Heritage.


dear codi, please, i want to remind you to take good care of yourself. proper breaks are the most important thing in the world. i'm currently learning this myself and i can not tell you how endlessly good it feels to simply relax and breathe and think of almost nothing a few times a day, no matter what kind of a day i'm having. please remember this. i don't want you to overwork yourself because no matter how much you love your work, proper breaks are still endlessly important.

A question by Anonymous

I don’t have the slightest inkling as to who this could be, but I want to sincerely thank you for this. Really. This means a lot to me and I’m really happy to know that there’s folks who are looking out for my best interest.

I hope you’re having a wonderful night.

Just a reminder that there’s only a few days left to order your #DanielWellington watch with 15% off! You can use the code ‘Codi15’ at checkout at!

Also, I made myself a leather key fob a few weeks ago. What do ya’ll think about having them available at @westheritage?

You know I’m a changer, the rearranger — I’m always a stranger.

will you write a new post on your blog (the one on your website) soon?

A question by Anonymous

Oh, what timing! I’m planning out a few posts as we speak. (These past few weeks have been utterly absurd.)

The answer is yes! I’m hard at work this week preparing for a wedding I’m shooting this weekend. I’m helping out as the creative director and have been working on a lot of calligraphy work for it. I’ll be sharing that on the website either Sunday or Monday.

And this reminds me —

I wanted to ask you all what you’d be most interested in me sharing over there. Shoot me a message, comment on this or otherwise, and let me know. I’d love to hear your input!

A few days ago, I was tagged by A Gentle Woman for the #whatisyourpurposemovement.

Purpose, especially when struggling, is a difficult thing to talk about, but that’s exactly why I’m pushing myself to do this. Despite my love for creativity and for using my hands, my most fundamental purpose - what makes my life feel worthwhile is connection. To connect, for me, is to show your full, vulnerable, authentic self with others. To share your story; to listen to others. Living with that purpose and enduring depression creates an endless game of tug-of-war; we disconnect, we hide, but the answer is always to connect, to share, to love and let ourselves be fully loved by others. Through my words, my actions, my friendships and more, that’s what I’m constantly striving to demonstrate, "I’m hurting too but we’re here to encourage and support one another."