So far this year has been like an ultra long marathon. There were times when I felt like I was running in cement shoes through mountains of marbles. I'd trudge along, slide back, inch forward, get off course or just simply crash into a wall. I was bombarded with ideas, demands, committments and challenges. But now I see the finish line up ahead.
In just a few weeks I'll be finishing up my time in Texas. When I'd agreed to move here in 2012 it was for 5 years. Then a combination of things happened and my time was extended an additional 3 years.
It's time for many changes. I'm heading back to Virginia to enjoy the next phase in my life. In August I'll start a new job in a familiar place. Back to an elementary art room at a school where my teaching career began. I'm excited and a little nervous. But change is good and I'm ready.
I'm returning to my hometown a different person than when I left. I am happy for so many reasons. I'm married to an amazing man who I adore. I create every day and I inspire others to do so. I'm so much healthier. I've lost over 60 pounds and have completed 10 half marathons. And I've learned to focus on my core values: Creativity, Learning, Collaboration, Happiness and Family.
This summer is going to be a busy one and I'm planning on enjoying every minute! But I'm going to try to take some time to calm my mind and breathe.
Creating a Labyrinth is a little journaling exercise I designed to help with focus.