Transitions are almost always signs of growth, but they can bring feelings of loss. To get somewhere new, we may have to leave somewhere else behind. – Fred Rogers
I’ve always found “new beginnings” to be a double-edged sword.
At the ripe age of 50, after 27 years in Texas raising our kids, the move to Concord, MA was difficult. No more close friends nearby who knew the song in my heart…. No more cozy places where my children grew up. Wonderful places like Zilker Park, McKinney Falls, the city of Austin, the state capital building, San Antonio Riverwalk and Zoo, the list goes on and on…..
My artful “new beginning” in Concord took 3 years to get off the ground.
I started teaching watercolor painting and drawing in a lovely hobby shop called Dabblers. That teaching job led to another gig: Teaching at the Weston Council of Aging which brought such joy and growth to me and my students. Teaching at Weston helped me become a master colorist. Who knew?!! Painting landscapes, etc. for the first time due to student request forced me to learn. As always, the teacher becomes the best learner in the room 🙂
I met new friends who were artistically matched to me. Some started out as private students, others were students in my class.
After seven years in Concord MA…. Fast Forward to a new beginning in Lexington KY, home of our grandchildren, the best on planet earth. Here they are for my (and your) enjoyment!
At this point we’ve been living in Kentucky for almost two years. As we discovered in Massachusetts, it takes a few years to begin to feel at home. Making friends, a bit of headway in the arts community, and of course the proximity of family have all helped in this transition. I think this blog will help too!