We'll, here I am at the park - more or less alone. There is a beautiful view, only a few people around and a lot of birds. Is have a little time between my appointment and the end of the school day. Believe it or not, I'm not sure when, if ever, I have been in a park alone.
I realize that I have spent a few too many years being a grown-up . I'm going to slow down and take more time to play, with the kids and on my own. This is really a challenge for me - breaking the "busy" cycle. I'll get there, but it's going to take practice! My art, my writing, most importantly my family and myself, will flourish because of it.
As many of you know, I ask "WHEN" often. I always have and probably always will. I am known for my tendency to rush from A to B. I recently made the decision to close my downtown boutique and move to a part-time gallery/studio at our home. (You can read about that more in my previous post.) I am going through 4 years of physical STUFF - artistic experiments, displays and inventory - sorting, packing, selling. I am also spending a lot of time talking with friends about our our transition. The gift shop dream was one I had since I was 12. Many people have expressed concern that I am no longer living that dream. The absolute truth of the matter is that the dream is evolving, as am I. BEFORE I jump into my next phase, I want to pay tribute to this one.
I am taking this opportunity to stop and really honor the relationships I now enjoy because of the store. Its not really a closure, more of a shift. This is the emotional STUFF. You are going to have to forgive me my sentimentality, it is me here after all. I am so overwhelmed thinking about the number of friends and family I have gained, regained, or amplified. (Wiping away a couple of tears now... ) Thanks so much to each and every person who has been a part of the Shannon's Art & Soul journey so far! I am so very, very grateful. Former classmates, childhood friends, college professors, coworkers, neighbors and those of you I just met a month ago. THANK YOU, for your support and friendship now and always! There is no way to really acknowledge all you have done.
Every single time you walked through the door, or liked an image, or shared an event online, my heart grew a little more. Every time.
XO - Shannon