5.05.2014

It's Been A While

It's been a busy few weeks since I checked in last.  Here's a little catch-up:

A little over a month ago, I left a wonderful job that I'd had for the entire six and a half years that I've lived in Portland.  Deciding it was time for me to go was one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make.  I worked in a beautiful environment for a creative, generous woman with a group of awesome gals.  I enjoyed my responsibilities and felt good at what I did.  But I'd been having a nagging feeling that I needed a change.  I needed to explore new things, both in and out of work.

I thought I'd take some time off and do some thinking, figure out what to do next.  Go back to school?  Switch job paths completely?  A terrific opportunity presented itself sooner than I thought it would, and now I find myself working for another creative woman and her husband and with another group of awesome people.  Funny how things happen.

So there wasn't much time off, but there has been exploration of new things.  At work, I'm focusing on getting over my technophobia.  And I'm being intentional about being more easy-going than I've been in the past.  I'm riding my bike to work, even when it rains (okay, usually even when it rains).  So, new things at work.

And I'm trying new things in my personal life, too.  I've gone to a bouldering gym with a friend and have been reminded that new physical and mental challenges are exciting to me.  More of those to come.  I've signed up for the wheel-thrown ceramics class that I've been thinking about taking for ages.  I don't want to put too much on my plate at once, but dance and metalsmithing classes won't be far behind.

So that's what's up.  That and lots more.  Good movies.  Lots of socializing.  Eating out.  Staying in.  Repotting plants.  Making jewelry.  Generally feeling good.  I hope you are, too.


8 comments:

nicolecprevost said...

xo Congrats Susan. What will you be doing at B&I?

Connie said...

Congrats for the new job and the fun new opportunities! But a dance and metalsmithing class sounds dangerous! ;-)

house on hill road said...

change is good! congrats.

Jess said...

I will come visit you at Betsy & Iya! I go to see Elizabeth at Espe Floral one block away so now I have a double excuse to go to NW. Congratulations on the changes, 2014 is a year of action! Year of the Horse!

Stephanie Fazio (aka lealou) said...

Congrats on taking the leap! I love that and need to do more of it. If you feel the need for change and just do it it almost always feels amazing.

ambika said...

It was so so great to run into you. & sorry for handing over my ID! Habit, I guess. I'm so glad we had the too-fast chance to catch up - when I'm in Portland next, we should absolutely grab coffee. Or please feel free to look me up if you're ever in Seattle!

Mariss said...

Congrats on making the decision to shake things up! Good luck and I'm proud of you!

Cheryl Arkison said...

Wow, that's a lot of change! Good for you. And here I'm waffling on simply changing my hair style.