I received a text yesterday from Jessica, "it seems so weird that you aren't in the studio anymore," as I had packed up everything on Saturday, and am no longer there.
It is weird. All day yesterday I had to fight the urge to run to the studio to work out a new design that is percolating just under the surface.
I have no place to go right now, other than here and within.
In my life's journeying, I alternate from being so deeply involved with life that I don't have time to process it until I step out of it.
Then I enter a period of reflection and quietly internalize the experiences I have had so that I can continue to carry the lessons and the insights with me into my next immersive experience.
Sometimes the immersion lasts a couple of years, other time a few months, but the process is the same.
One of the great things about having a lot of years behind you is you begin to see your personal patterns.
This happens to be mine.
The last year has been incredible for so many reasons, and I will slowly unpack them here as I enter my reflection time.
Today I want to give thanks, though, for a deep sister-friendship that was born here in this creative sanctuary that we both built.
We merged our visions together and built a space that recognized and appreciated our differences and valued our similarities as a bridge to a deep friendship.
Our jewelry styles are so radically different, but we both were able to take our differences and learn and grow from what came easily for the other.
It was heaven. I am grateful and I will miss my friend as we both head in different directions with our lives as well as with our creative output.
But as with all great friendships, we don't have to be in the same physical space to continue our growth and share in our triumphs.
There is texting and travel!
This pendant was from our first class project where we combined our styles into one piece. It really says it all, doesn't it?