The dust is starting to settle

Being home has been a huge challenge. I moved into a new place and a new situation the same week I took my contract job on traveling. 9 months later I have stopped traveling and am sort of maneuvering my way through the making of a life in a new place and new circumstances.

Trying to find my pace, my place, and reconnecting my pre-travel life with my post-travel life has proved to be a great deal of work in patience, energy, and time. I am back working in my art studio full-time, living with new family circumstances, attempting to learn the art of compromise, and navigating the waters of jumping back into my life.

After a few weeks of trying to figure out a routine and scrambling to get caught up with commissions, art shows, and motherhood, I am finally ready to settle back and breathe a little. It’s time to start new adventures.

My 3 months worth of adventure travels over the summer helped me with keeping my sanity while traveling. I needed a reason to get up and something to look forward to. It was difficult to be away from everything familiar, dealing with the guilt of being a working and traveling parent, and not getting into the feeling that everyday felt exactly the same. Those adventure served me well. I had an amazing and memorable summer. I started some new hobbies, met so many amazing people, and grew immensely as a person.

I’ve decided now that I am home I need to keep myself moving in a forward momentum. The real challenge is finding new in my every day life; to not get caught up in the every day routine. I’m starting a goal of finishing 5 things on my to do list a day. I am an avid list maker so this should be no problem. On top of that, I want to start finding adventures at or around home. I think this will encourage continued growth, but even more so, keep me active in my community and continued momentum.

Sometimes the hardest thing to do is find something new to look forward to. I plan to try to find that in my every day life among the routines, dinners, and chores. Here’s wishing you lots of new and exciting adventures in your every day life!



About strokeofred

I am from Kansas and I have traveled all over the world. I am an artist, and I have a business brain. I love skirts and tennis shoes. I like to get dirty and ride motorcycles. I am sensitive and I can be mean. I love nature, and believe in protecting it. I love to laugh, and feel better after a good cry. I can be stubborn and impatient. I am constantly growing. I am open and free. I look to be inspired and love to inspire. I play guitar and secretly want to play drums. I have a puppy that brings me great joy. I love hugs, cuddling, holding hands...and wrestling. I love the mountains and the beach. I have to make a pilgrimage to the ocean at least twice a year to balance myself. I believe in balance in all things. Traveling is a passion, and meeting interesting people from all over the world is the perk! I have small town values, and big city dreams. I love beer, hate wine. I believe that what you put out comes back. I believe and live by the belief of treating others like you want to be treated. I enjoy stimulating conversation, and a good sense of humor. Caffeine is my drug of choice, and coffee over chess or good conversation is my luxury. I am strong but sometimes feel small. I strive to be my authentic me.
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