Tragic and heartbreaking ... here was a thirty-year old girl who had taken the plunge that some of us only ever dream of - she had started a business doing something she loved, and was doing well at it.
Two short months ago, she wrote in her blog about New Beginnings:
I have been at this furniture stuff for a while now. I opened my studio
last fall and things have been falling into place one piece at a time.
I burnt the candle at both ends for a long time and didn't actually leave
my "old job" until January and these past few months have been a
really big transition for me. I worked in an office for 10 years
getting up at 5:30 am - spending hours in traffic or on public transit
every day, staring at a computer all day and making sure I met
deadlines and dealing with more paperwork than I can even
fathom now. I was good at what I did so I thought that I loved it.
I was fooled!
Right now, after spending these past few months doing what I love
to do all day long I am IN LOVE with what I do. I work 7 days
a week and longer hours than I ever did before. My to do list is
longer than it ever has been and that's just fine with me.
I don't mind paying that price right now to make my dreams
into a reality. I go to bed at night excited for what the next day
will bring - rather than struggling through the week and
wishing for a weekend. I have made alot of sacrifices and taken
alot of risks these past few months but one thing I don't have
is regret. If something happened to me tomorrow -
I would be ok because I'm the girl that WENT for it!
A poignant reminder to us all. None of us can ever know what plans Providence has for our lives. It is never too late to follow our dreams and be the person who WENT for it, so that we, as well, will have no regrets.
And so this post is for Tara, with gratitude for sharing your boundless enthusiasm, artistry and knowledge with those of us fortunate enough to have learned from you.
|Medicine Chest - Before|
|Annie Sloan Graphite and Emperor's Silk Chalk Paint|
Centre Panel shown Unwaxed
|Stencil for Centre Panel|
Same Stencil used for the Attic Walls
(and obviously not properly cleaned afterwards!)
|Stencilling in Progress|
|Finished Stencil - Centre Panel still Unwaxed|
|Entire Door Waxed with Two Coats of Annie Sloan Dark Wax|
|Completed Medicine Chest|
Until next time, the insomniac wishes you nights of blissful sleep filled with pleasant dreams ... and no regrets. Goodnight, my pretties.