It has been a long time since I have felt like any progress has happened with Nicole's Visions. This has been a super rough year on a personal level that brought many changes.
The year began with my husband being flown away to Florida for the first 3 weeks of the year. His father was in the hospital & no one really knew how that would turn out. When he returned home, we felt that since he had no job keeping us here that perhaps it would be a good idea to move down there for the sake of being there for his father as well as hopes of a better life. He had gotten laid off from his job last December. We had hopes of finding better work for him & the thought of more art opportunities for me. After all, we had lots of family there, & several friends. Surely connections would help us both start over.
I say start over because we have spent the past 4.5 years here in Washington state. We had enjoyed the life we built here very much. At this point, we let a huge emotional upset rule our minds. That was a mistake me made, & learned from.
So we decided to move & left Washington for what we thought would be the last time in early March of 2010. After arriving in Florida & trying to settle in, I knew it was all wrong. We had tried to come home, & found out that what people say, is true. You cant go home again. We were both different people. We had grown & changed.
It was soon evident that his father would make a full recovery & be back to almost his old self in a short time. We were not needed for his recovery to last. Yes, having his son home made him happy. But his son was not happy being there. Neither was I.
We tried finding work. We tried reconnecting with family & friends. some of it was nice. Most of it didn't work. We were both now miserable. We needed to find a way to come home & fast. Without the generosity of 2 friends here in Washington giving us a place to stay, it would not have come together like it did.
Thankfully, an opportunity came that allowed him to return to the job he was laid off from last year. Finally, it seemed something was going right. This news of us returning home to the Northwest was met with huge disappointment from a few family members. Some understood, some did not. We had to follow our hearts & do what would make us happy. We left Florida just before Labor Day. He started back at work the day after the holiday.
The next obstacle was to find a place of our own again. It took a month. Here we are in our own place, back where we feel at home. It is finally time to get back to life. I am finally getting back to my Visions too.
For the past year my website, web stores, blogs & everything creative have suffered. Our lives have been turned upside-down & inside-out.
I wish to end this year on a positive note. I am working now on promoting my work again so i can sell some stock & make room for new things in the new year. I am thinking of other creative avenues to follow & need to just jump in & try them. They may not always be centered on photography, but I know they will always be creative & mean something to me personally.