Oct 27 2014
Happy Monday, friends! Having the need for a little word vomit sesh today, sprinkled with beautiful & comforting landscapes.
Image by Kristina Koehler
I've been so back and forth lately as far as mood goes. I think it's a lot because there are so many transitions taking place right now, with my life and my business. I'm feeling very thankful for the stable aspects. Anand and I just celebrated 6 years together this past week. :) What's New Wednesdays provide a nice, steady rhythm to my weeks, even if it doesn't necessarily help with my ability to ever judge what day it is. Haha. :P
I'm thankful for the transitions too, actually, they are just difficult right now. I know it will all be worth the extra effort and stress when things are in place.
Image by Robert Crum
This move to California is my first 'real' move, I'd say. I moved around from place to place in my late teens/early 20s, but that was always within the same city and I didn't have many responsibilities to move around with me - just me and my belongings, really. My first move out of the town I grew up in was much the same - nothing to move but my stuff, which wasn't too much. This time, I worked to help downsize our home space by 87% and have helped haul those chosen things + our two dogs across the country. I think the hardest thing really is dealing with the technicalities. Moving my business from NC to CA, taking care of a slew of insurance changes, figuring out how to landlord from across the country, transferring everything to a new state & finding new everything. I have mad respect for my friends who have moved out of the country.
I wonder why they don't teach any of this useful life stuff in school. Taxes, insurance, how to buy a house, etc. It's so frustrating navigating it all. Makes me want to go live in the forest with foxes and birds and turtles. And bunnies. And deer. :)
Image by ImagesbyVanDoren
I'm also working through a few changes AND a couple of new lines within le animalé - which will be revealed soon enough. All exciting new things, and I think you'll love them! I can't wait for 2015. Nevertheless, it's always scary moving into new territory and making changes, especially when what's in place has been working so well. I'm always doing this, though, because I have a never-ending drive to move forward (mountain goat, much?). Onward, friends!
Image by Nicholas Bell
You probably know, and those who follow me on Instagram especially, that I am involved in a lot of different areas as far as creating goes. My personal website has been stagnant for a few years, and although I've picked the perfect time to revamp it (hello? what am I thinking?), I'm so excited to get it up and running. The timing is perfect actually, aside from there being so much else going on lately. I've had a lot of fun with daily creating recently, and am planning a 365 project for next year. It'll be nice to have a catch-all home for my artwork, especially as I create more regularly. Eee.
So all of this begins to explain why I've missed a few posts here and there on this blog. I expect the routine to return to normal by the turn of the year, when all of this up-in-the-air business is more solidified and I can dip back into a more normal routine. As much as I'm looking forward to it all being finished, I'm also trying to enjoy the process of the transition, but let's face it - transitions feel pretty awkward while they're happening.
Image by Tracy Muir
I have been struggling throughout all of this transition and progress with a back-and-forth between feeling so intensely grateful, and feeling stressed and overwhelmed, and feeling guilty for feeling that way. I think the problem there is that I'm expecting these things to be mutually exclusive, when in fact just because my life is incredible doesn't mean it's not going to be stressful sometimes. Letting those things co-exist is already giving me a breath of fresh air and making me feel better. I have this innate or instilled black-and-white view about some things in life, yet I am very much often on both sides of the fence. Maybe I should take the fence down and let it all be together.
Thanks for visiting and reading through these thoughts! Your continued support of my little creations and business here means a lot to me, and I really appreciate it. :)
Time to ride to the post office to part with some cute totems who will be on their way to see you over the next few days! Have a marvelous Monday, friends!