Goodbyes and Perspective

Good morning, friends!

The last week has been quite hectic. I’m sure you all know the feeling as well. Jonathon and I have been rushing around gathering all the things he needed for his trip. I know I’ve briefly mentioned it before, but now that he is gone I can elaborate a little bit more. He recently began a new position and changed units from Army combat engineer to Air Force propulsion mechanic. I think that’s right? Well, anyway, he had to go to training for his new job in Texas and will be gone for a few months to include the holidays. I’m proud of him overall because this is a change he really wanted to make, but at the same time, it has been quite awhile since I’ve had to hold the fort down at home by myself. This is especially true since I now live farther away from friends and family.

I was really hoping that he would be able to come home for Christmas and Thanksgiving, but I don’t see that happening. There are a lot of hurdles to work through in order to really make that happen and with the way finances are right now, it might just be easier to celebrate all the holidays together once he comes back home. It is one of the small sacrifices that goes along with being a dual-military couple, but lately I’ve been the one away for various duties. I’m not used to trying to continue life with such an important piece if it being away. We also had drill this past weekend, but since he was leaving for school the next day, I was the only one that had to go. This made it even more emotionally difficult for me because I had to say goodbye a day sooner than I had hoped for. It even snowed for the first time of the season. It didn’t stay long but gave me comfort in some strange way. With all that and driving down in to the city, I ended up using a lot of my time I would have otherwise spent on art and other business ventures.


Snow in October!


When you’re counting down the days till something like this happens, every minute becomes so much more precious. It really puts things into perspective; the day-to-day life we live without knowing or really realizing that everything we know and love could be taken from us within an instant. We tend to take the good things for granted. We’ve been apart for longer periods of time so you would think we would be used to it by now. I’m just thankful that I’ve found someone in my life that can affect me in this way; that i can truly miss while he’s away. I’m thankful for these moments. Even thought they can be hard on us, they build us up with more strength and we become closer the farther we have to be apart.

When I was driving back home Sunday  night, it was such a  relaxing and peaceful drive getting away from all of the city lights and returning to the solitude of nature. Even just a weekend away in the city was a reminder how lucky I really feel to live in such a quiet and beautiful place. Again, perspective.

Sorry for the sappy ramblings there. I guess I just needed to put some thoughts down in writing to remind myself that I can do this and that I am strong. I know everything will work out for the better in the long run. I’m thankful that I’ve been able to start the career I love and have really been wanting. I see my art growing and improving a little with each and every day. I know the future will hold great things, but for now, I just have to keep going. Last night I took a walk with two of my pups, Noka and Haku. It was really freeing and was good for the three of us.20181016_191537



It has warmed up a little bit which is nice but also means that winter will soon be back to take its rightful place as King of the North. Like what I did there? Shout-out to all the GOT fans out there. Well, it is now almost 10 in the morning and I’ve got a lot on my to do list today and it starts with, can you guess? Perspective.

P.S., These are the artworks I created the last few days! They are currently up in my shop and to celebrate being halfway through with my art series, I am holding a sale on everything in my shop! Use the code fall15 at checkout for 15% off your total purchase! Plus, orders over $100 ship for free. 

30 Days of Fall illustrations set

Skeletal Aroma 2

Thanks for tuning in, guys. I’ll talk to you all again sooner than later this time.


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