Well, that was a long break, dear Readers, wasn't it?
The past few months brought about some significant changes at the Punchbowl; for starters, I found myself a new 9-5, one that didn't bring tears to my eyes before I'd even left the bed in the morning (a significant plus, in my opinion). While my new job is in the same industry-- hospitality and residential interior design-- it's a much smaller outfit, with all domestic projects. This is exciting for me because I can travel to jobsites without needing permission from the King of Saudi Arabia, who, kind soul that he is, finally approved my visa after the fourth try (the first three times I was denied because I was traveling without my husband. By the fourth, I suppose they figured I really meant it). By then, I had already made the decision to move on. If anyone wants to go to China, however, I have a ten year visa. Dumplings, anyone??
As many complaints as I may have had about that job-- and there were many-- I can't deny that I learned a lot about not only design, but also myself as a designer while I was there. Sometimes it takes a less than ideal experience to understand what you actually want out of your career. And I certainly cannot begrudge the amazing, true friendships that company provided-- hands down the best part of the two years there. The new job, however, is much more my speed, and much more aligned with my personal goals. No more 6 am tears (or midnight tears while still in the office). Life has been really good lately, dear Readers. Really good.
That being said, I gave myself permission to be lazy and walk away from the blog for a few months while I sorted out my new daily life. At my old job, I was so emotionally drained that on weekends, I had nothing left to create, craft, or write. At my new job, I'm overflowing with new ideas and actually have the time and energy in my free hours to execute them. As a result, I've been doing a lot of sewing (clothes, something that never really interested me before), a lot of crocheting, and a good deal of dyeing. I have some exciting plans that I hope to share with you soon; in the meantime, I'll be posting more here about the goings-on in the new Punchbowl. As always, thank you for sticking with me and coming back even when I've been out of pocket for extended periods of time. You guys are the best.