"Always go with the choice that scares you the most, because that's the one that is going to help you grow."
Hey Guys! What an insane past few weeks. We've been living in a little bit of chaos but things have finally calmed down and I'm breathing again.
I have a few blog posts in the works and figured I should start getting them posted. This one first so I can get you up to speed on what in the world is going on over here!
I closed my chip+chisel studio at the end of July, my husband was out on a wildland fire for 22 days (read: me, alone with my kidlets - eek!), we packed up and headed down to Bend, Oregon for a few months the day after my husband came home, and now we're working on getting settled down here. That's right - chip+chisel has a new home for a bit!!
First thing's first - the studio closure. I went back and forth about this for months before finally making a decision. I started toying with the idea at the end of last year. As much as I loved having the space to work outside of our house, I struggled with the inconvenience of only being able to work at certain times. When my husband is on shift and my girls are in bed, I love to use that time to get in a good chunk of work but I can't exactly leave my kids home alone so I can go into the studio at night. I also love to be able to accommodate last minute orders and it's hard when I have to schedule that time away - so much easier to step into my home office space and take an hour or two here and there so I can get those last minute pieces shipped off to you. I thought about it for a good six months and finally decided to go for it. At this stage in our life with the girls not being in school full time yet (cue the tears - it kills my heart to think about it), it's been HUGELY convenient to have everything so accessible. The need to coordinate schedules with my husband or a sitter is no longer an issue and I get to enjoy the ease of a lot more flexibility. I may explore a studio setup again under different circumstances (never say never!), but for now, our plan is to build a small studio as an extension of our house so I can still be at home but technically leaving the house for work. Everything is always changing, always evolving, and I'm just learning to go with the flow. :)
After the move from the studio, we packed c+c up AGAIN this past weekend and hauled her a few hours away to Bend, Oregon! Who knew she was so mobile?! We vacation here regularly - my husband went to college here, is obsessed with it and now my girls are obsessed with it as well. Yes - at 3 years old, they talk about it nonstop! All I heard for 3.5 hours on the drive down is "we want to go to Bend! Are we in Bend yet?". :) We decided a few months ago to take a little adventure and see what it would be like to spend more than a week and do a little trial period of actually LIVING here. So here we are, half a week in and already my kids freak out at any mention of "going back to the house" which they think means going HOME lol. It's pretty clear that my husband has converted them to being little Bend lovers! Who can blame them though ... what's not to love?! It's a vacation destination for a reason and I can't say enough good things about this place. If you haven't visited, you should really consider it!
We've had a LOT of change over the past month and honestly, I am not good with change. At all. I crave a routine, a sense of normalcy and like to sit smack dab in the middle of my comfort zone. What we're doing is none of those things, but even in the midst of all the challenges of getting down here, I recognize how good this is for me. I like that I'm being pushed to explore a different place, a different way of living, taken away from my "stuff" that I seem to place way too much importance on, and to have an experience with my family that if I had stayed in my comfort zone, I most definitely would not be having. A little change and growth never hurt anyone, right?
So for now, I'm working on finding my new "normal", developing a routine, and procrastinating like crazy on putting the rest of our clothes away. ;) I'll be sharing our adventure regularly on our Insta stories, so be sure to connect with me over there - @chipandchisel.