Two years ago I closed my little shoppe in Eugene, Oregon and prepared to move back to Colorado. It was a difficult decision because I had spent so much time and energy creating a life that I didn't need a vacation from. I looked forward to going to work every day and interacting with people who shared my passion for creating. However, I had to face reality when we moved back to Colorado. The bottom line was that if we wanted to purchase the home that we had fallen in love with, I would have to go back to teaching in the public school system.
I've been back in the classroom for a year and a half now and I am done...no really! There is no time or energy for creativity at the end of the day or on weekends. The job of teaching is a noble one, but it is one that can suck you dry. The endless meetings, the constant testing, and the total lack of creativity during the day have left me asking if there is more to life than this. (I already know the answer to that question!)
So, I am taking a huge leap of faith and I am calling it quits at the end of the school year. I will substitute next year (if I need to) but I am excited to once again, open that door to an art-centered life. We have a cute little shoppe on our property that will house the storefront part of the business and I will offer classes again teaching different painting techniques along with some other topics (stay tuned).
We are also working on transforming our 80-year-old cottage and we hope to soon be able to offer accommodations as an AirBnB host. I have soooo many plans for this place and would love for you to follow along on our journey!