Journey with my Passion – Part 2: The Transition.


The time is nearing.  The paperwork is signed.  As of September 1, I will be a part-time employee at my day job and an associate ceramic artist at the Art League in Alexandria. For those following my journey, you know from Part 1 that I was seeking a place to commit more time to making pots.  One opportunity fell through.  But just days later, another appeared out of the ashes.  Now the hard work and transition begins.

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It was one week ago today that I sat with my boss and an HR manager to finalize the approval for me to go part-time.  I was so anxious for it to be done that I didn’t think about how I would feel once it was official.  I left the room queasy.  As my husband said: “you have just stepped through a window”.  Absolutely.  My identity for the last 20 years has been that of a hard-driving, self-supporting professional.  I was so committed to a professional career that I had difficulty considering myself an artist.  Yet here I was choosing this new and uncertain path while taking a substantial pay cut in a down economy.  The fear quickly set in.  What was I thinking?

And then I remembered.  I am following my passion.  I am following something that tickles my nerve endings.  I am also taking that step toward work-life balance I had longed for since graduating from law school.  Ah, I feel my shoulders retreat from my earlobes.  The stress subsides . . .

Ready for the kiln

Ready for the kiln

But wait  . . . There are  projects to wrap up at work. Classes to teach.  Pottery sales to be fulfilled.  Over 20 pots to be glazed.  A house sitter to be secured.  Packing. Dog food to be bought. A sore thumb to be checked out (no it is not arthritis). Oy.  One week I make brave moves toward work-life balance, the next I am consumed in a vortex of activity.

All this hustling around has me exhausted.  Not a good start to my transition and certainly not parting with my old ways.  I guess it will take a while.  I clearly need some training.  So on the advice of a friend, I am taking some time off to rejuvenate and prepare.  I will prepare my body with four days of biking followed by a day of spa pampering.  I will prepare my soul by sketching and journaling and maybe even trying out my new moleskine water color book. I feel the pendulum swing away from frenzy and toward balance already.  I will stick with that vision.

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My journey is taking a well-deserved respite next week. Stay tuned for Part 3 and a retreat recap. You can also follow my retreat updates on twitter and facebook.  See you in September.

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About Claytastic

Health coach. Writer. Teacher. Artist. Living an amazing life with MS. Interested in bringing peace and beauty into people's lives.
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3 Responses to Journey with my Passion – Part 2: The Transition.

  1. StoneTosser says:

    Congratulations!

    *throws confetti!

  2. Great site…keep up the good work.

  3. Vicky says:

    Courageous! Good for you! 

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