It’s been a while since my last post and I certainly never meant to take such a long break from writing here. There have been many new plans in the early stages of conception and I needed the time and space to lay everything out in my head and then onto bits and pieces of paper until it started to make sense. Things are finally taking shape and I’m ready to move ahead with the next stage in my life. Feeling fearless and vulnerable, all at the same time. I decided to go back to grad school and the days are flying by; I started graduate school at the beginning of the year and here we are in March… I love the program. Incredibly supportive professors, and a great community of fellow students. My goal this year was to find a connection between my seemingly random interests and different parts of my personality and somehow make it all work together, so that I’d stop feeling pulled in so many directions and like I was leaving things unfinished. It wasn’t easy. I made charts, Venn diagrams, vision boards, and I did a lot of soul searching. I also read a lot of blogs about finding your dream career. Don’t get me wrong, my life is full and I’m grateful for so much. I felt like I was pretty close already, but not quite there… I knew I wanted to keep teaching but after more than a decade at the K-12 public school level, I was ready for a change. I knew I wanted to keep photographing, but try a different subject matter. And I knew I wanted to do more with my little olive farm. So… I decided to open up Casa Nuvea as a separate site complete with its own shop to sell freshly pressed extra virgin olive oil from our groves, wildcrafted aromatic herbs, locally sourced honey and artisanal sal. There will be tastings, cooking classes, creative workshops and artistic retreats inspired by the unique cultural heritage of the region. And I saved this little corner of the internet to share more personal stories: of my adventures hiking in the desert wilderness with my dogs…of more personal photographs, not necessarily client work…of my days spent with horses. There is no certainty that any of this will work out. There is no certainty that I’m even headed in the right direction. But a full and free life is a wonderful goal.
For those of you who may also be on a path to a new career, or exploring a new adventure to take on in your life, I’ve included a link to a great resource below. It helped me “map out” the direction I wanted my business/life to go in. And anyone who knows me knows I LOVE maps. Take a look.