If you've been wanting to learn, I would love to see you there! If you know someone who may be interested, please feel free to forward this email/links to them--I'd really appreciate it! I know it's still a little while away so I'll send a few reminders as we get closer to the dates.
Autumn leaves, snow, seasons (!), road trips to the east coast & Canada, and fireflies are just a few of the things I'm looking forward to experiencing and seeing when I move to Cincinnati this fall!
I NEVER would've thought in a million years I'd be moving to Ohio (!) so I'm probably just as surprised as you are lol In case you're wondering why, there are a few reasons: my significant other Ben's family is there, cost of living / housing is WAY more reasonable and affordable, I've been wanting to travel and OH is a great location to road trip (so Val can come) from, I really enjoyed our visit earlier this year (there's Val strutting around downtown Cincy, above), and I'm ready for a change!
While I know there will be pros and cons, lots of unknowns, and many things to adjust to, I'm thinking, what could go RIGHT? I don't know when I'd get the chance to do this again and I'm really excited to try something different! I feel like there are new opportunities to be had, new friends and dogs to meet, new places to explore, and a new chapter waiting to be written! (This enthusiasm may be due to the Enneagram 7 in me :))
Another thing that's been happening these past few months is we've decided to sell our family home and it has been a HUGE undertaking for my brother and I! Getting rid of things, getting the house ready, getting the yard ready (omg I NEVER want to do yardwork again lol), etc.--it has felt never ending at times but I think we are getting close and I see that glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel 😅. The only thing is I'm not sure how this affects our timeline--I was planning on leaving in early October (I need time to get settled in and make our costumes for Halloween!)--but now there's a chance I might leave earlier depending on how it all goes.
It doesn't feel real to me yet and it's been so go-go-go that I haven't really had time to be sad about saying goodbye yet but for sure it will be bittersweet--saying goodbye to friends I love, saying goodbye to this house and the place I grew up in.
As for Atiliay, not much will be changing and I plan on continuing what I'm doing in Cincinnati! There may be a brief pause as we're driving across the country but other than that, it'll be business as usual with the shop and The Creative Spark Newsletter!
Before I go though, I'm planning on having an in-person moving sale/pop-up (details TBA) and having a few final brush lettering workshops here in Southern California! Both are happening in Cerritos and you can find more details and reserve your seat at the links below:
Have you moved across the country before? How was that experience for you? I'm really curious how everything will unfold and can't wait to find out! :)
PS: If you have any good tips that helped you with a big move, please share! (The best one I've seen so far is putting books/heavy items in a suitcase so you can roll it--GENIUS!)