My brain is on hyper-drive, and my heart is close behind it. The past 48 hours have been a whirlwind; first I found what seemed to be the 'perfect' space to finally launch my public art studio, then did a ton of business research to see what it would take to open it, maintain it, etc. etc..... Finally at 1:45 yesterday, I felt enough peace and confidence that this was the right decision, and officially called the landlord and committed to the space! A leap of faith!
Here's a mini snapshot of the building, a cute old house, converted to a business, RIGHT on 377 in Old Town Keller! SO fun! Sorry the image isn't great, it's a google snapshot. I will get a better one updated soon.
Meanwhile, at that moment my hubby was in the waiting room inside at the Doctor, for what looked to be a stomach virus, and was told to go to the ER for possible appendicitis! 6 hours (and a cat scan, IV, meds, and oxygen) later, he was home, diagnosed with both a virus, and an intense stomach issue that we can treat with rest and meds at home.
I'm sure the timing of it all isn't by chance, if I hadn't made the decision early yesterday to move forward, I worry my faith would have been shaken too much to commit. All in all, it's confirmation that we do need to move forward, regardless of any fear or temporary circumstance. The only thing to lose is money, and time. I think we can all agree that the first of those is really insignificant when you think of the more important aspects of life.
I'm meeting with the landlord today to settle on terms and sign the lease. If all goes well, I'll be opening a public art studio which will be used for creative classes (ages 3-adult), as well as occasional gallery night events, showcasing the work of talented local artists. The plans are enormous, the to-do list is overwhelming. I'm going to need help along the way too, but I'm confident that all will fall into place.
Thank you to each of you for your support, encouragement, and challenging questions these past few days (on Facebook) as I contemplated this life-changing decision and wrestled with last night's hospital visit. I take all of your interactions to heart. You are the best!
To keep up with what is going to happen with the studio, and get first dibs on classes, find out when you can donate your misc. unused household recyclables, items, or furniture, or refer others to register, add my NEW Facebook page for the business: Artful Mayhem Studio!!!! I will send out word through those in the coming weeks as I get to the next steps. Grand opening, February 4th, 2012!
*Update!* check HERE for the list of donations (your used random stuff) I'm needing!