It's been a month since I retired my jewelry line that had occupied 96% of my time for the last three years. To say I feel free and unfettered wouldn't be quite accurate. It's really been a swap of one kind of busy for another. For the last few weeks I've been dealing with plans for my husband and I to move overseas to Germany for a few years starting in September as well as travelling over a big portion of the country.
Part of my travels have come from suddenly being without a place to call "home" for a little while between places. This odd time in-between is sort of funny. On the one hand, I'm not really that busy with conventional "busy-ness." But I have been quite busy.
For the last few weeks I've been driving from Texas to Kansas, then Kansas to Georgia to stay with my parents for a very short time before heading on to yet another state: Alabama. It's been a year of driving. In the last year I have driven from one coast to another and back with lots of driving in between. I love to travel, so I haven't minded at all, but with so much moving (4 states in 2012-13 so far and we'll be adding a new country soon!) and traveling and uncertainty as my year has been filled with it does begin to feel like I'm a rubber band being stretched.
|My travels over the last year. Leaving out lots of smaller trips, this totals to over 9,000 miles on the road. Yay! America!|
Well, I'm glad I finally decided to let it snap and start prioritizing and moving on to different things.
I don't ever plan to abandon painting--not at all! I've been really loving getting to know my camera lately too. This week I'll be introducing a new site just for documenting all of my travels and adventures over the coming 3 years in Germany called "Pen, Lens, and Paintbrush."
I know, I know... another place to go visit. Don't worry, I won't be split between the two. Most (if not all) of my posting will be to "Pen, Lens, and Paintbrush" over the coming months and few years.
For now, here are a few of the pictures I've been taking lately for you to see what is to come on "Pen, Lens, and Paintbrush"...
|Two of my sisters on the Chattahoochee River in Georgia after a rainy few days|
|Old, long-rooted tree on the Chattahoochee|
|My youngest sister for our collaborative cooking blog A Song of Spice and Fire|