More Changes

lilies at amyhoodarts.com

These are growing in our yard, which is one way you know we don’t actually own the property. (I’m a terrible gardener!)

I’ve been quiet here. Turns out big changes can be a little overwhelming and make you want to sit on the deck reading more than anything else–in between realizing it’s pretty easy to get to Washington, DC; learning your way around without using GPS; and registering all your kids for school. Right, so that’s the first of the “more changes” referenced above. For the first time ever, all three of my kids will be starting out in school this year. For various reasons, we’ve decided it’s time to give that a try. If you know me at all, you know we are proceeding with research and support and, as always, the willingness to try something else if the first thing isn’t working. Also, if you know me at all, you know that I am not unaffected by this sort of change. It’s a big one.

cone flowers at amyhoodarts.com

Many of my neighbors have gorgeous flower gardens. I enjoy them very much.

The second change is that I’ve decided to stop producing new issues of Art Together at this time, although the six existing issues will still remain available for download. I don’t like to rule things out forever, so maybe I’ll pick it back up at some point in the future. But I doubt that, because it’s simply not financially sustainable. While I do enjoy researching it and putting it together, it’s a huge time commitment. I suspect I’m not all that great at marketing–but I have tried, without much success. This makes me sad for those who enjoy it so much, and have let me known, because I enjoy spreading my art-love in this way. I’m not sure what I’ll do, especially with all those school hours coming my way. I’m not deciding yet. The first half of this year was, in cumulative, quite stressful, even as I attended to self-care to keep that stress under control. So much unknowing for so long, along with huge changes, and adjusting to someplace new–I would like to just process for a bit. Sit on my deck and read. Go for runs in a new city. Share things that are interesting, when I get around to turning on the computer, but hopefully, too, become part of the community right here where I live. And just see what comes next.

7 thoughts on “More Changes

  1. suburbancorrespondent

    So many homeschoolers in your neck of the woods who would LOVE art classes. I don’t know about that area, but people are paying a fortune here. Probably would be the easiest way to make money doing art during school hours…

    The flowers are gorgeous and showy this time of year, so different from their more demure cousins up north. Still, every once in a while, I will bike by a bunch of unassuming Queen Anne’s lace and feel nostalgic for higher latitudes.

  2. Megan Gray

    I completely understand where you are coming from Amy. I hope you get settled soon, and wish you all the best with whatever direction you decide to go in. xoxo

  3. Angie

    Lovely flowers, and lots of changes. It sounds like you’re doing well at setting some boundaries and making self-care plans for the upcoming future. I know this isn’t easy. Change is hard. You’re resilient. Best wishes. XO

  4. donna lee

    You have so much going on! Of course you need some time to learn how to belong to a new community and to find your place. Once the kids start school, you’ll find things to get involved in. I have a feeling you will be very busy.

  5. shelli : mamaofletters

    Amy, I completely understand everything you are saying. I’m glad you are taking the time off you need to process everything. I hope all the changes will work out to be the best for everyone, and I hope you find the perfect thing to “do” that is right for you. Good luck and thinking of you…

  6. Karen Isaacson

    It’s been months since I visited, and I just spent some lovely time catching up on your adventures. I’m so glad you are settled at last, and taking the time to care for yourself and feed your soul with what it needs right now.

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