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On being settled at last, for now

Wednesday, June 13, 2012
A part of my craft corner--or, my mind made manifest.

A theme of the last few posts has been how awesome it is to be settled in one place. Reading between the lines of my own writing, it's clear that I'm really getting into creating in our new home--there's metals studios to use, a spinning wheel to install.

Creativity is a funny thing. I'm very wanderlust prone, and I'm quite sure that within a few days or hours or seconds my mind will flip back to adventures I'd like to have. There are a lot of places to see, yet.  And travel and new experiences are extremely inspiring, both for creative pursuits and for life in general. But I also need space. I need a studio/workshop. I need inspiring materials. I need tools and equipment to do the work I crave doing. Metal and fiber work both require a great deal of, for lack of a better word, stuff. And I love that. As much as I'm a traveller by nature, I'm also a collector.

I've put all my belongings in storage before, three times--the first to go to India, the second for South America, and most recently to go to China. All I can say about that is that it's kinda heartbreaking, but ultimately quite worth it.

So now, since returning from Beijing, I've swung to the nesting side of my personality. And, to be honest, that project is far from done; I still want a larger and better organized workshop space, someday.  But I've also been through this enough times now to know that I'll surely swing back to travel and adventure someday. Here's hoping I can continue to be lucky enough to experience both.

As my mom says, you can have it all. Just not all at once.


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