Last week Friday I turned in my two weeks notice at work. And it feels fantastic. There are some people I will miss, but by and large, I will not miss the work. I will also not miss working for a corporation that is running itself into the ground while treating a ton of people like trash on the way. But I won’t get bogged down in that general stupidity here…all that matters is I will soon be done.
So what to do now? Obviously, just staying home from work won’t mean magic free time for me. I will be stay at home mom, teacher, cook and artist. It’s going to be busy, but I haven’t been this excited for a job in a long time. My husband and I already set up an area downstairs for me to teach our daughter her letters and numbers and all sorts of good things so she can be ready for school. The house has also been inundated with all sorts of good catalogs for gardening supplies, all of which I have gone through and flagged all my dream crops. Hopefully there will be some bumper crops of a few things that I can offload at farmer’s market for some extra cash this summer. But my biggest trick of all will be making sure I get the have-to-dos done without letting them take over. There still has to be time for creativity.
In the spirit of making things for others to love, I have already been getting a jump start on painting. I currently have six paintings in progress: one for a fundraiser auction, two for my Etsy shop, one for me, and one each for my kids. It’s amazing how wonderful it feels to be in front of a canvas, staring and waiting for inspiration to come. Then it does, and you hit a flow state and get rolling. Before you know it, there is paint all over your hands and a few pieces in progress. I love the feeling of potential every canvas has, and I really love thinking about where it could end up. Now hopefully all these will find a good home.