A lot can happen in two months. While sales are usually slow (if not totally non-existent) this time of year, it's generally a time of renewed creativity and production. I lost this time last year to my thyroid - pretty much the entire winter and early spring was a wash due to lethargy, anxiety, apathy and a total lack of motivation .. all because of a little butterfly shaped endrocrine gland in my neck. Who knew one little organ could cause so much trouble?
This winter the flow of creativity and production stopped due to my dad's on-going ill health and resulting death on January 18. It seemed like things were going along swimmingly, but the body and brain are strange and wonderful things .. they often react in totally unexpected ways. Most of the stress I experienced was worrying about the effect my dad's death would have on my mom and a brother who lived with them. While it takes time to assimilate these kinds of life changes, the waters seem to be calming a bit. After a fabulous visit by my mom this past weekend - something she had never been able to do in the past due to her care taking duties - I'm feeling a whole lot better, and she got a much needed break away from her usual routine and environment. Some interesting things are happening in my brother's life as well .. so perhaps despite the fact that a part of our lives which was so familiar is gone, we've all found a little peace to help get us to the next chapter in our lives.
I'm still moving a little slowly .. but the days are getting a bit longer, we've had a couple brief thaws to remind us this dark and snowy period doesn't last forever, and some promising artisan things have been happening to propel me into a more creative state of mind.
If you're interested in shorter, but more frequent posts, check out my relatively new Facebook profile (Karan Marie Cross). I find it easier some days to make a quick note there, and I'm sure you'll find it likely that show dates and links to show events will find their way to Facebook in a more timely manner .. at least during this period when I'm still trying to gear up and get back into the swing of a routine.