2016 has been a year of crazy – and that aspect is still going strong. It has been chock full of the good, bad, and the ugly, and I don’t like dwelling on the bad or ugly, so I will just concentrate on what is good . . .
Extra time has been in short supply (the new gallery is doing VERY well, thank you), and I have almost disappeared from the internet scene except for Instagram, which I love because it is so easy, and Facebook only because my Instagram posts repeat there automatically. I didn’t even post to Instagram for a couple weeks because I didn’t feel motivated to do so.
I can’t handle Facebook right now with all the vitriol floating about. I never open my newsfeed without seeing something I do not want to see or think about, so for the time being, I am avoiding it altogether.
For the first time in twenty some years, I actually pondered disappearing from the internet altogether. That was an interesting thought process because it would be SO different for me.
Sheer Heaven is going away in a graceful manner – without much hoopla or drama, I have two real life businesses (gallery and vacation rental) which have very little to do with the web, and that can be handled with my iPhone.
So I sat in the garden and really pondered the idea. What would I miss?
And the main answer to that, my dear readers, was YOU.
You have been such a supportive and loving and creative audience through all these years. I so enjoy our conversations and the friends I have made in real life because of online connections.
I would miss writing. I really enjoy writing though I have never really considered it my art form. And it’s best to write for an audience!
I do like to share insights, art tricks, journal and sketchbook pages, and stories. I like to read a few awesome blogs and look at pictures on Pinterest.
I like taking workshops on Craftsy.com
So, I think I have to stay connected.
But it HAS TO BE simple. I can no longer tolerate having multiple websites, blogs, and Shopping Carts. If the job of keeping an online presence is too complicated, I know I won’t do it.
And, my favorite web design software (Freeway Pro by SoftPress) is no longer going to be supported because the company who makes it is quitting.
So, I have a new plan.
I bought a Macbook Air which I can carry around as easily as an iPad. It has a 12 hour battery life so it can be easily at hand no matter where I am.
And I have decided to combine everything into ONE Squarespace website. I like their sophisticated design and the ability to include multi-media in very creative ways. The learning curve is steep but I am climbing it, and I know you are going to love the result.
JessicaWesolek.com will be a beautiful and inspiring creative space where Art-Full Life (this blog) can live in a better magazine format, and where I can easily share so much more information and even showcase my own work..
There won’t be any more Sheer Heaven, unfortunately, but I will bring forward and continue to develop my workshops, workbooks, and artful ebooks.
I will also offer my current creations (jewelry, glass, prints and paintings) for sale in a shop which will be part of the new site.
I have recently been studying the newest batch of “lifestyle” magazines which are based on mindfulness, wellness, and creative living. I have a favorite which I will be sharing with you in a review, and it has inspired my new direction.
If I can enjoy that one magazine to the extent that I do, I know I can offer at least that fine an experience to you in this new platform.
Now, what does all of this have to do with a kitten who snores?
If you follow me on Instagram, you know I adopted a kitten named “Grace” back in May.
She was found wandering all by herself (3 weeks old) in a yard in Santa Fe. Felines & Friends rescued her and I adopted her. Actually had to foster to adopt because she wasn’t old enough, but we all knew she was “home”.
Because of a chronic congestion issue, which they say she will mostly grow out of, Gracie does indeed snore.
I have grown used to snoring pets over the years, but this one wakes me up because she is snoring in my ear.
She is snoring in my ear because she is sleeping across my eyes like a furry sleep mask, and her nose is in my ear.
Sleep masks are supposed to keep out the light and help you to sleep better. This sleep mask is not working out so well in that regard. And it doesn’t hold still.
The oft-heard refrain around here is: “Grace . . . Grace . . . get offa my face!”
Here is the photo I use on my home screen (iPhone). This was taken just before she came home with me. You can see WHY she came home with me, right?
The photo at the top of the post was taken a couple days ago. Grace is now almost 5 months old and has grown a lot.
She has made friends with two of the three Huskies . . .
We’ll see you next time. Hope all is well with you.