Things came to a head about a year ago. I fell down the stairs and tore my rotator cuff. Not so bad that I needed surgery, but bad enough that I needed to take a significant amount of time off from creating to recover. I had trouble even typing at the computer for long periods of time. I certainly didn't have full freedom of motion. I had to put shows on the back burner that I'd wanted to apply to. I had to cancel a workshop I was going to attend with fiber artist Andrea Graham. I couldn't garden. I couldn't put dishes away. Driving was painful. And one year later, I still can not create with the speed and duration that I used to. My shoulder gets tired and sore. I stretch and do strengthening and flexibility exercises and take some natural anti-inflammatories. I realized that I could no longer focus on growing Rosy Toes as a business if I wanted to be able to create when I was 60. It was not an easy decision. I'd spend the better part of 14 years honing my skills and the better part of 5 really trying to grow as a company. This break allowed me the time to really step back and think about where I wanted to be and what I wanted to be doing. I realized that I had gotten into the mindset of what I could make to sell, not for the pure joy of creating. I was focussing on how quickly I could finish something, not on the journey. My creative vitality was ebbing, and I didn't like it.
In the meantime, I'd discovered an amazing natural health and wellness company with a fabulous product, great team environment and compensation plan. It's something I can do while being home with my kids and make a descent living at (If you want to learn more about it, please reach out). I still plan on creating art. Here's how things will change:
- I will still create art, but it will be at a slower pace.
- I will continue to take custom orders.
- www.RosyToesDesigns will become more of a portfolio. You will no longer be able to see all my offerings here.
- The shopping portion of Rosy Toes Designs will be moving to www.etsy.com/RosyToesDesigns. You can either go directly there, or you can follow the link to shop through this website.