Summertime and the livin’s…. crazzzzyyyy
I know I have been super quiet these past couple of months, I totally didn’t mean to! I had a few amazing classes in Portland, OR and we created some fun art! I had such a blast teaching at Vine Gogh and Urban Crush, I love meeting new people and hopefully inspiring a few to take on their creative sides!
About two months ago my husband asked me if I was comfortable and had enough space to create art and build my classes. We’d been travelling and living in a motorhome for over a year and while it was SO much fun and an amazing learning experience, we were both starting to feel a little cramped…though, neither one of us wanted to admit it. My art supplies alone took up about 50% of storage in the RV, and I had more in our storage unit! I also had a difficult time creating pieces that took more than a couple of hours, as I would have to clean up each day…which in itself isn’t that big of a deal, but when you have to wait for paint to dry in order to, say, cook dinner, and can get a little frustrating. So, I admitted to my husband that, no, I didn’t have the space I needed, but I was willing to deal with it, don’t worry about lil ol’ me! We didn’t/couldn’t/wouldn’t afford the rent or mortgage for a place in the Portland area without both going back to our corporate worlds, which…. just… NO. I didn’t want to do that, I couldn’t do it again.
So we started thinking about places we’d been during our travels that we enjoyed and might have a lower cost of living. I did NOT want to leave the Portland area, but I also knew it was time to make a change. One city kept popping up in our discussions, that we kept coming back to, and that we always talked about as being our favorite place when we travelled. My husband was also pretty well connected with a community of his own there, so it would be a bit easier for him to integrate. As for me, any city was going to take a little work to get my Zentangle teaching and connection with the creative community established again, so I was open to the possiblities. We made the plan to sell the motorhome and get ready to move by the fall.
Then, I found a job that fit my needs perfectly, and they needed me to start within a month! Fast forward through the scrambling to pack the RV and storage unit, say our “see ya laters,” find housing, and all the other moving accoutrements…..
And, here we are. We’ve moved, the motorhome is on consignment in Portland, and we’re settling in.
In Madison, Wisconsin!
Hopefully soon I can bring you more YouTube videos, SkillShare classes, and Zentangle tips and support! I have been working on organizing my creative space, and it was a little more slow going than I thought it would be (mainly because I am picky! Lol).
If you had asked me 6 months ago if I would be living in an apartment again in a strange city, I would have laughed! But, so far, it seems like this was a perfect idea. Hopefully in the next couple years we’ll get a house with some property where I can hold Zentangle-related retreats! How does tangling and cheese curds sound to you?!
So, again, apologies for the radio silence over here! I hope to be more noisy moving forward, including continuing my Principles of Zentangle series!