A New Year

I suppose the best way to begin is to just blurt it out.

My husband and I , after almost 37 years of sharing our lives, have decided to separate.

I don’t want to get into the reasons, and drama of our decision here on my blog, but I wanted to let you know about it, so that the future posts here make sense.

What I am interested in discussing, are the next steps.

The next year will be a time of enormous change for me.

I will be feathering a new nest, and sewing together a colorful quilt of a career.

Previously, I have been insanely blessed with the freedom of making art in my own time without the stress of having to support a household with my art.

That will change.

I will be taking on some teaching gigs, in drawing, painting, flamework and whatever else I can think of. I am going to ramp up my design business, and my newest project; Problem Child Jewelry. And I will also be doing some craft shows again.

My tribe of friends and fellow artists are my lifeline, and are so important to keep me uplifted and inspired daily. It’s going to be an amazing journey. I hope you’ll follow along and share your own stories and adventures.

For those who are upset by my news, please know that John and I are still the best of friends, and we still love each other, but we are doing what we feel is the best thing for both of us. There are no sides to take here. Support and Love for both of us is welcome.

I read this wonderful quote by Elizabeth Gilbert this morning:

“People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that's what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life. 

A true soul mate is probably the most important person you'll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. But to live with a soul mate forever? Nah. Too painful. Soul mates, they come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself to you, and then leave. 

A soul mates purpose is to shake you up, tear apart your ego a little bit, show you your obstacles and addictions, break your heart open so new light can get in, make you so desperate and out of control that you have to transform your life, then introduce you to your spiritual master...” 

Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love