Today was kind of a milestone for me.
I quietly closed my shop.
yes, just .like .that.
I didn't want to make a big deal out of it because it's unfinished business really.
I just need a break.
i've been thinking about this for a long time, and today just seemed like a good day to take a leap, and move forward,
sometimes, you just gotta do it.
Needless to say, 2011 was a tough year.
I know it was for many people.
for me, it was both good and bad.
I dealt with a separation, leaving my home and comfort zone to moving to an apartment downtown.
broken bones, and staples to the head with my skateboarding son, along with a ton of teen age angst and rebellion, Student council leader and straight A student with my daughter. yes, two radically different children that I think are both growing into some amazing people.
I had tons of fun with friends, partying and socializing, meeting new people.
and dealt with tremendous sadness at the loss of some of my friend's parents.
I created a lot of Art work, did commissions and made it into several books and magazines, landing on the cover of a book, AND a national magazine…I started teaching classes, focusing on what really makes me happy.
I worked hard and played hard digging deep to try and see what I want out of this life.
it's exhausting honestly, In fact I created a little Flickr photo album of some of the images of things I did in the past year. you can check it out here if you'd like.
what. a. blur.
they say what doesn't break you will only make you stronger, well I can say that is for darn sure.
So it was with mixed emotion that I closed my business today, while yes, there is a certain melancholy to it, there is also a strong feeling of relief and excitement to start something fresh, something new.
The New year always seems to be all about that, Fresh starts and resolutions. I've never been one for resolutions, they always seem like something to fail at even though they start out with good intentions.
So I am approaching this as a new beginning, a new adventure.
I am re-inventing Red Shoes into something that is more ME.
what I was meant to do from the start.
Honestly it was always about the Art, but for some reason I feel like I wandered far away from it trying to make other people happy.
well, I've finally snapped out of it and gained some sort of murky clarity.
So in the next month or two I am going to take some time, to further cement my vision into something new for Red Shoes.
I will be going back to my roots, making more of my own work, and gathering up other artists and vintage goods to sell at my shop when I re-open it sometime in february,
so don't be sad, I won't be gone forever,
I'm just taking a little much need break,
this is a good thing.
stay tuned…..this is
to be continued………….