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Like 40 million+ other Americans, my partner Ken was unexpectedly laid off in the beginning of June. (and only a few days after selling his home and moving in with me!) Guess what his first question was after he got the news?
Ken: "Do you want to hike the Appalachian Trail?"
me: "Sure!" "Wait, did I miss something?"
A few weeks after this conversation we had plane tickets to Maine, a kitchen full of borrowed dehydrators working overtime on dried food, gear everywhere, and a task list a mile long. Oh, and a plan to figure most of it out from the 2200 miles of trail.
It's interesting how life can flip on a dime and throw you curveballs when you least expect them. Here I thought we were settling in to experience cohabitating… in a house. Instead the universe decided we should do that in a small tent in the woods, for 5-6 months.
If you’ve been following my blog or social media, you already know I thrive in nature.
Since I moved to Seattle over 20 years ago, I’ve regularly hiked in the nearby mountains. I find inspiration in the act of walking. It gives me time to think and visualize how the surrounding flora and fauna represent the emotions created by life’s roller coaster.
4 years ago I backpacked the Wonderland Trail (100 mile loop around Mt Rainier) with 3 amazing women. Since then I’ve been hooked and every summer go on a trip with my Wonderkrew. We’ve shared countless memories and I’ve learned a ton from these ladies. You can read about one of our adventures here.
It’s such a strange and overwhelming time in the world. As the pandemic continues, and the depth of inequality comes to light, it seems like an important time for reflection. I’m looking forward to having this time to walk and think and gather inspiration for future art. I’m incredibly grateful that we can do this, that we have a big supportive network of friends and family, and the ability to be flexible and spontaneous. Not to mention the mental aptitude to turn lemons into lemonade.
So for the next several months, I’ll try to give updates when I can. We’ll hit towns from time to time (a girl’s gotta shower!) and I’ll have sporadic cell reception.
In the meantime, I’m leaving my business in the extremely capable hands of Sarah Selman. Sarah is a delightful person (my younger sister and the Golden Child in our family!) and I’m confident she’ll make jewelry and Bitty Bowl shopping a fun and memorable experience. But I’m kind of throwing her in the fire without much training so please be patient!
As I navigate life in the woods, I look forward to sharing inspiration and curiosities.
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