Tuesday, May 19, 2015


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.


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