Here is a little snipit of one of my papers created during my alcohol ink session strategically placed on the bottom of my new small art piece "Simply Love". This is predominately a watercolor but I did incorporate a variety of mediums, including: charcoal, water soluble oil pastels, graphite pencils, and distress stamp pads. My first artistic love was watercolors, but I haven't completed a watercolor in over a year would you believe!!
In other news, I can finally share with you I am changing my job slightly. Over the last month, I have been playing double duty and covering as a manager over at the other branch in town. In the meantime, well since February, I've been blessed with training a new manager. I do mean blessed, because I really enjoy training people. In fact, if I could train people for a living, I'd do just that, but those jobs are few an far between. However, being a mentor does help me in bulking up my resume in case a opportunity presents itself. Anywhoo--it was decided by the powers that be that I am the better suited candidate to run the financial center across town. You all have no idea how hard it was on me to announce that to my team who I have been with for 7 years!!! I tried to contain myself and remain professional, but it was soooo truly hard as the people on my team have become family to me. I'll continue to manage both branches until mid July when my mentee is finished with her training, then it's on to a new road for me. I'm excited in some ways for a new opportunity, but apprehensive in other ways. Hopefully, I can offer some leadership, guidance, and direction for the new team and give them some stability in a manager that they haven't had for a good long time.
In the mean time, it's been a lot on my plate to do all the training and handling of all the issues and employees--but it's been fun, too--doing some new things. I think every once in a while you need to try something new to invigorate yourself and re-spark your energy not just in the art world, but in the business world as well.
For the longest time, I actually fought this change. It wasn't one I initially wanted to make. I think though that when the tide keeps pulling you in a certain direction, it may make more sense to see where that wave takes you as it was obviously meant to happen. I just need to fully embrace this change and make the most of it. I will, really really really miss my employees at my old branch though. The hardest part of moving on is the people you leave behind as you embark down that new road...
wish me luck :)