2016 is here and it couldn't be more welcomed. I don't ever want to go through a year like 2015 again. I can't blame anyone but myself, though....I am completely responsible for my situation. Here's what happened....in November 2014 after one of my many trips to the mountains of NC, I decided that I really, really loved the area and it was time to downsize and move. Life is too short not to take chances and make changes. I hate nothing more than being stuck in a rut. After the initial excitement, it was time to face reality. My husband was all on board and my mom (who lived next door) was ready to go, too. To put it in a tidy little package, this is what I was faced with as the months rolled by: clearing and cleaning out clutter in 2 households (plus a work space I was renting), listing and selling 2 houses, searching and finally finding a new area and home, (for ourselves as well as my mom), saying goodbye to good friends and neighbors, physically making the move and finally getting settled. Whew, there were many ups and downs and sleepless nights along the way, but we made it. I have to say, it was all worth it! I wouldn't wish a year like that on anyone, but I love my new home and and I can't believe how blessed I am to live in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.
We went from a 3,000 square foot historic home on a busy street in the city limits to a much smaller, rustic home in a very wooded community. You climb steep roads when you live on the side of a mountain and that took some getting used to. I see deer everyday and feel in my heart that this is where I belong at this stage of my life. Of course, one of the drawbacks is inclement weather. We are completely snowbound at the moment, but most of the east coast is in the same boat. I can't wait to see how the seasons unfold. It's isolated, but that's something I don't mind. I have a studio right here at home to work out of and I am pretty well settled now.
The view over my worktable can be distracting, but I keep myself focused...most of the time. I have been listing new items in my etsy shop for the past few weeks. Many things are from my personal collections. I was delusional when I thought I was really going to have room for everything I packed and brought with me. I am being forced to let go of things I have cherished for years. Oh well....they're only THINGS, right? So, check out my etsy store, as I will continue to list items.
And one more thing...I have a big landmark coming up. I am getting close to having 10,000 sales in my etsy shop. (10,000! Who would have ever thought that was possible??) I am so thankful and humbled and it still blows my mind. I am going to have one big time giveaway when I reach that goal. I am not sure how it will be structured yet (I am thinking multiple winners) but I will keep you posted when it happens.
Be well, Happy 2016 and thanks for hanging in there with me!