A few weeks ago, I got together with a group of girls and we did a photo shoot for The Community Journal. We were told to dress in bohemian, gypsy inspired clothing. It was going to be a fun afternoon with friends so with no hesitation I said to count me in.
A few images in particular that were to be captured were of a "Traveler". They gave me a bag for a prop and I had my ukulele case so I took off walking like a traveling gypsy along the train tracks that run through downtown Ennis as the camera snapped behind me.
I had no idea at the time how these images would speak so clearly to the place I have been in my life. A crossroad.
I wrote recently about my desire to travel and about my bittersweet feelings of leaving Ennis. I talked about Ennis in terms of the sweet, supportive boyfriend who could possibly give me everything I've ever wanted if only he had my heart but I sometimes have a wandering eye and think that maybe the grass is greener...over there. (Where ever there may be.)
What I have come to realize is that change truly is inevitable.
Everything in my life is different from how it once was. My friends, my hair, my car, my body, my views of the world, my place of business, my relationships, my taste, my thoughts and opinions, my residence. I could keep going but you get the point.
The only thing that hasn't changed at least in the last 10 years besides my phone number, is the undying passion I have for the work that I do.
Somehow it has survived it all.
My work as an artist is the one and only constant in my life.
I call myself an artist instead of a stylist because stylist doesn't encompass all that I am on a mission to do. I want to create. Create a style for someone that makes them feel their best. Create a color formula that perfectly enhances someones natural tone. Create bonds with unlikely strangers. Create opportunities for personal growth. Create an environment that feels good and relaxing and more than anything I want to create a life around me that inspires others to live in their most authentic way.
I thought for some reason that I had to decide between my business in Ennis and my longing to experience life in other places. I have come to the realization that I don't have to choose. I can have both.
I am proud to announce that I will be opening my own business in downtown Ennis in July. I have decided to call it The Studio. By definition, a studio is an establishment where an artist works.
This will allow me the freedom to work in a space that suits me in a town that supports me so that I can create the life that I desire filled with business opportunities and personal advancements. My wanderlust has not changed either. The inspiration and knowledge I receive from spending time in other places and cities is essential to my being and keeps me focused.
I can work and travel. I will keep all the details about this next adventure to myself until I have more to share.
They say life is about balance. (Whoever they is.) I have found mine and I know I'm on the right track.