for the past few years i have been inspired by ali edwards and chose a one little word to reflect on throughout the year. It beats new years resolutions that you only end up failing at, and its a great way to reflect and put a focus on your next 12 months. You can see my posts about my previous words here:
2007: balance , 2010: appreciate , 2011: possibilities , 2012: brave .
This year I started to think about my word in November. I try to think of a few different words and see which one stands out to me more, speaks to my heart more. I came to the conclusion of embrace.
I have quite a bit to share on what I plan on embracing in 2013, but for now – the largest challenge I will be embracing is change.
I’m moving. Leaving the island. in.two.weeks.
i have been working at Providence College for a year and a half now, commuting 150 miles a day, spending WAY too much time in the car, WAY too much $ on gas etc – and am ready to have my week day life back. It is bittersweet. i love the island, i love what the island has given me. i love, love, love being so close to the ocean. But, those of you who have been reading my blog know how i truly believe everything happens for a reason. In 2001 i started working in a little gift shop that had a small supply of rubberstamps for sale which brought me into this wonderful world of papercrafting. 10 years ago i was dating a guy from cape cod, i moved in with him and that brought me to the cape, and to colorful creations. 6 years ago i realized i deserved better and that brought me to the island, to rediscovering myself. A year and a half ago i was brave and when i thought i was going to fail i made a major career change and that brought me to Providence.
i guess what i am getting at, is i’m ready. i’m ready to see what is meant to be. i am ready to embrace change, to embrace a new apartment, to embrace new adventures and new experiences. Guess who else is ready?
i found a great little studio apartment that is in a restored factory. Hardwood floors, exposed brick, 12ft high windows and ceilings. It is beautiful. And only 10 mins from campus.
Don’t worry i will be sharing more pictures as i move in- but now i am frantically packing and getting ready because i move in 16 days. s-i-x-t-e-e-n days. The studio is all packed and ready to go- i still plan on creating, even more now that i will have time again. i still plan on teaching. Best yet i have some really cool other things planned, that now i will have time to accomplish!
wish me luck, i’m all done “cooling on my island” for now- ready to embrace what is meant to be. (and if anyone wants to come pack my kitchen, feel free 😉 )