A declining real estate market, job and income loss gave way to difficult decisions for my husband and me. During our 2 year path of uncertainty career changes were looming, we had to remain strong in faith to survive!
We would have never guessed our impending move would have led us to Asheville, NC. It actually was going to be a perfect fit, however it was going to take some time to realize the tremendously positive impact on our lives.
Moving is nothing new to us, as hubby is retired Air Force and we moved cross-country many times during those 24 years. However, this move was different as we are now empty-nesters with no instant connection to an area through schools, sports or theatre activities with the kids. Totally on our own and starting over! A bit scary!
As we were unpacking boxes, I set up my embroidery machine again. Almost instantly, I realized a part of me had been packed away for far too long. Creativity in sewing and embroidery is the very fiber of my soul. You see, I was born to sew! The re-discovery of such was pure joy.
But just imagine, we are now living in a beautiful, forward-thinking, artistic community surrounded by the Smokey Mountains! The amount of craft shows, from fundraiser shows to juried ones brings an amazing opportunity for artists, crafters and buyers!
Even the area mall has a complete store dedicated to sweatshop free products and showcases local artists and crafters work! Amazing! Could it be I am falling in love with Asheville and all the opportunities available?
Keep in mind this is all from the eyes of a newcomer. There are always pros and cons to anything in life….BUT I’m looking at the PROS and a bright, positive future! I’d like to challenge you to look at your bright future even when change is imminent.