Oct. 30th, 2011

lyttlebyrd: (reality)
"Portland's a great place... it's where young people go to retire."

So, yesterday, a mom at the soccer game asked me how I was enjoying my retirement. I was a little taken aback - I'm still working, just not for a soul-deadening corporation.

A little background:
In mid-September, I gave my notice to Sue at Catherines. I truly have enjoyed working there. Most of the ladies were nice to work with, and when there we customers, they were mostly an allright sort. But it was tearing me in two to not be home with Jason in the evenings. To not go to soccer games and practices. To not tuck Daphne in to bed. And I wanted to sell my art, and do shows and bazaars every weekend leading up to Christmas. I've been saying since I was a wee child that I was going to be an artist when I grew up, and I figured it was time, at age 32, to prove to myself I could do it.

So Jason and I sat down, did some praying and thinking, and I put in my notice. My last day was October 1st. I took a deep breath, and stepped off the cliff. I've worked constantly since I was 16, taking a short break for college and two small breaks when I had the kids.

And now...
I've had my first bazaar of the season. I did very well - better than I expected, even. I was able to devote a lot of time and energy to seeing two members of my heart-family get married. I'm home almost every evening to tuck the kids in and cuddle with my husband. I've seen almost every soccer game this season and most of the practices. I'm improving my cooking skills and learning how to let myself run out of things in the pantry and cook through what I have. I spend anywhere between and hour and five on creative things every day, and have been improving my website. The traffic is up to my online studio, and I've had 3 sales this month. My soul is content. My heart has wings. And I'm happier than I've ever been.

I'm booked for the season now. With the exception of the weekend of the last soccer game, I have a bazaar every weekend between now and Christmas. I'm taking the weekend of the 12th off on purpose, so I can be there for the last game and the trophy party.

I'm the luckiest woman in the world.


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