Those who follow me on Instagram know that ever since putting down roots in Berkeley last summer, I've been busy taking art classes and participating in crowd-sourced art challenges--all in an effort to build up my creative portfolio. It feels amazing to be back in the studio after a long hiatus, dusting off the cobwebs, and it feels equally fantastic to be making new friends as I explore the Bay Area's thriving arts community.
At the same time, I'm realizing that I need to temper my enthusiasm with time and space to heal from recent major life changes: my mom's death in late 2013, being her caregiver for years before that, my husband's job change, our move across state lines, and settling in to a new home and a new school for the girls.
Trust me, striking a balance won't come easy for me. People who know me know that I can't sit still; I'm accustomed to multitasking at breakneck speed. But, that approach is no longer sensible nor sustainable. So, as I build my art career at 46, I promise to take better care of me and try not to fret too much when I stumble along the way.
Before I go, I would like to give thanks to everyone who has helped me get to where I am today: my amazing family, friends, and neighbors, and all the lovely people in my online world who've stood be me all these years. Thank you.