Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a lovely weekend. Mine was low key and relaxing. Which means it did not include my niece being born, but that is okay. My sister and the baby are healthy and she'll be here any day now so I'm okay with practicing a little patience. So today I have news for you. First I'll start with news about this week's painting progress.
I'm sorry to say, but I have to ask you to practice a little patience with me. I don't have a finished painting to show you today. I know my original challenge to myself was to finish a painting every week and I took extra time on the last painting, but I'm okay with the rules being flexible. This challenge was to motivate me to paint every day and to work hard as an artist and I have done just that. So instead of getting down on myself for not following my own rules perfectly, I'm going to be proud of myself for being true to myself and being more intuitive with my painting. Which just so happens to mean I've been drawn to working on a larger scale and with more detail. So I hope you enjoy the little sneak peak of what I'm working on and I'm going to do my very best to have the finished product ready to show you next Monday.
Onto the second bit of news.
This is actually big news and I figured there is no better time then now to get you all up to date on my plans. As you read in the title of this post, there has been a change of plans. If you've been following my blog for a while, then you've probably read about my personal journey in figuring out where I wanted to move next. I've worried and questioned and searched for the perfect place. I've been restless. And I've made plans to move to Portland. Well, all of that is changing in a big way.
Exact dates and details are being set and in less then 2 months I will be going on a road trip from Wisconsin to California. I'll be ending my trip in San Francisco, which is where I have officially decided I am going to call home during the next chapter of my life (however long that may last). This may seem random and surprising to you, but to me it makes perfect sense. Moving to the big city definitely feels daunting, and the expenses and changes it brings was keeping me from accepting that San Francisco was where I have truly wanted to be all along. I've realized that I owe it to myself to choose was I really want, rather then settling for something that felt safer and/or second best.
As awesome as Portland probably would have been, I couldn't be more happy that my plans have changed. I'll be moving in with family which will be so helpful in allowing me to figure out my own housing situation in person. Just having family around is going to be an amazing upside to this change of plans as well. Getting to share part of this experience with people I love will only make it that much more amazing. As of lately and for the next couple months I am going to be applying, networking, applying and networking. I'm determined that the right job/career/opportunity will arise and I can only hope that I will be able to utilize my creativity in some way. Right now though, I have no idea what the details of my life will look like once I make the move, but I honestly cannot wait to see how it all plays out. Like I said before, if anyone has any advice/connections/recommendations/etc. (especially in the San Francisco area) I would be incredibly grateful if you shared. Moving across the country is going to be an experience filled with many emotional ups and downs, and as usual all of the support I receive along the way means the world to me.
Well, that's my news to start off this week! If you have any questions, comments, or want to chat about anything I've talked about feel free to contact me!