the past year has been a whirlwind without a doubt. from pursuing what I thought could be a new career path (public school teaching), to new creative endeavors (teaching and working freelance), and finally settling into a somewhat comfortable routine in redondo beach (where I picked up part time work, and we nested in our rental home of nearly three years).
yet, so it seems that the trend of ‘mega-life-changes’ will be continuing for me in 2016. the biggest news that I have yet to share is that my husband and I will be officially moving out of the suburbs and back to L.A. this comes about as my husband (who works in entertainment) recently got a kick-ass new job. said kick-ass new job however, is in burbank. needless to say the commute has been gnarly – and there really wasn’t enough keeping us in the south bay area…
this move back to L.A. has me feeling excited for a number of reasons. first, we’re looking to relocate to the east side (echo park / silver lake / los feliz area). if you know L.A., then you know that this area of town has quite the artistic community – which opens up any number of creative possibilities for me. second, if you know me…then you know I love moving. I’ve moved five times over the past seven years, and frankly I’m overdue for a major move. a third reason I’m thrilled to relocate, is that we are majorly downsizing. it feels good to finally think about purging, cleaning, and narrowing down our endless list of shit down to the essentials. and I’m not kidding when I say we’re downsizing: we’re going from a freestanding three bedroom / two bathroom house…back to two bedroom apartment living. oh yeah!
there’s something about 2016 I’m anxious about, but in a really good way. living in redondo has been great – but the past couple of months I feel like I’m in a bit of a safety net and not truly challenging myself as a person…as a human…as a creative. I see it in my work and the time I spend in my studio. lately it’s been a bit lifeless. I think a new surrounding and slightly scary change will be good for me. it’s just time.
so that all being said, 2016 is starting off with a MAJOR bang. apartment hunting, life book and love art happy life launching, a rad retreat in palm springs, and then moving in the next 30 days or so. it’s a lot, but I’m ready.
happy new year everyone – and thank-you for those who follow, read, ‘like’, or simply stumble into my blog. your support means everything, and I’ll be seeing you all in 2016…
+ photo via euroman