This year is going by too fast! Not a great revelation, I know, but it’s where my mind keeps going lately. For the past week, I’ve been writing July instead of August–just can’t believe we’re in the 8th month of the year already!
I have always felt like a turtle living in a jackrabbit world. I’m not a quick or bright thinker, everything takes time for me. Working in a slow medium like fiber suits the way my mind works. I like letting things simmer and percolate, letting them develop in their own time. So, it’s probably no surprise that I am still working on a piece I started last November. It’s nearing completion–I’m working inward on the neck and it should be done by the end of this month….but don’t hold me to that; too many things can get in the way.
This spring, for instance, I was going strong on this piece when I put it aside to work on research and prep for a workshop/lecture I did on Puebloan weaving in the Southwest in late March. While I was working on that, I came down with shingles. Which isn’t so bad if you realize you have it and get to the doctor for anti-virals, but I didn’t know I had ever had chicken pox. Took a while to get over that!
While I was recuperating, I got a call to teach an anthropology/archaeology class during the summer session at the community college. This is my ‘day’ job, when I have a job. I have been despairing of late about not being able to teach on a regular basis and not finding work anywhere I want to live, other than where I live. Then, the Universe stepped in and gave me a gift.
I have been volunteering for a couple of years at a non-profit used bookstore in town that supports several branches of our local library. In mid-June, the person in charge of bookstore operations asked it I’d like to become a part-time co-manager of the bookstore. I said yes. I have been working there for a month now and I love it! To spend my days surrounded by books while helping to support our public libraries is very rewarding. It’s not a grand job or an ‘important’ job in the sense most people mean today, but I feel like I’m making a real contribution in my community and earning some money to help support my studio work.
So, my life took another unexpected turn; this time it was a very good one. I have a work schedule that isn’t too grueling, and a 3 mile commute. I have time and the mental energy to focus on my studio work when I’m free. And, I’m living closer to my ‘dream’ life than I ever have…a bit scary, but it’s great!
That’s where things are now. I hope things are well with you. And, I hope each of you are finding ways to live your dream life, even if it’s only a little bit.
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So happy to hear that your doing what you want and enjoying life. That’s so important! I sure hope that you find time to continue your weaving – you do such beautiful work. We’re coming back to LC in late Sept and if you ever give a course again, I’d love to take it. I’ve done some coiled baskets in the past but nothing like you do. Take care and I hope to see you in the fall.
That’s great news, Lin! We are truly fortunate to have the choice of how we shape our lives but it comes as quite the challenge sometimes… I’m so happy about the library! Ours here is amazing. They have great programming and are SO subversive. 🙂
I look forward to seeing that new piece!
Thanks! I do feel so fortunate to be in a place in my life where I can make this kind of decision. Everyone is not so fortunate!