A stellar start to a much needed vacation
🗺 Portland > Willamette Valley > Coast (Goonies Beach) > Seaview, WA > Seattle
✨ Fun fact, I originally started planning this trip in 2017. I knew we couldn’t do it all in one week, and with the shop I could never leave for more than that. Ya know and then the 😷. So glad we are here, together, doing it the way we always dreamed. #lovelysomethingstravels
My sisters got it right…
One of the best men I have known in my life who stepped up to become my dad almost 20 years ago passed away suddenly today (yesterday). @JimFinnerty was a great dad, Pop Pop, husband and friend. He was loved by many and his loss leaves a hole in my heart. Love you always, Jim.
Yesterday, my amazing dad, Jim finnerty, passed away. Many of you knew him, he was a great friend, loving father and husband, and one hell of a storyteller. He was a caring man who would drop everything for his family. I knew I could always turn to him whether it was for advice, help, or when I simply needed a comforting hug and he’d be there. He taught me to live life in a way that connects with others, for he was the kindest and most welcoming soul who didn’t hesitate to help anyone when they were in need. It was that kindness that gave him the ability to walk in anywhere and immediately find a friend, he simply knew everyone and everyone knew him. He lived life to the fullest and created a family that goes beyond blood, a family that exists due to the love generated by friendship, respect, and a lifetime of memories. He loved this family with his whole heart and gave everything for us. Our family mourns his loss and the hole it leaves but we know he will live forever in the hearts of many. Akron lost a piece of her soul yesterday. I love you dad, and I will miss you always.
To sooooo many Jim was anything and everything you needed in the moment, and always. To Uncle T; Grandma; Beth; Sean, Nora and Elyse; Rose, Dave and Tiani; Blair and me; somehow he was all of that and so much more. To mom, he was beyond even that, simply her everything. My heart continues to break, especially for her, but we know he is now reunited with Sue; and we are all forever family. Thank you for you, and for bringing us together, Jim…and your unconditional love, always.
All my love,
Since I closed the shop I felt like I should paint, now that I have this time to do things I want to do. Well, this past week on my little getaway, I had most of my watercolors and the gouaches I bought before closing the shop, intending to create prints to sell there, and I kept staring at them. I’d brought all the right tools and had a picturesque @airbnb but I couldn’t sit down to paint.
For the past 2+ years I’ve struggled to do just that, feeling like I didn’t know what my voice was or that there had to be an end product. I bought books, looked at prompts, took pics of things I wanted to paint, etc. So on what turned out to be my last day there, I finally pulled out the tubes, and started. This isn’t some tale of creating the Mona Lisa, quite the opposite. It was to check off a SHOULD. I felt like I should be doing it, it was one of the things I thought I was looking forward to on the trip. But as I put paint to paper, I realized it’s NOT what I wanted.
In fact I never really enjoyed painting. I did it throughout elementary/middle/high school as part of all of my art classes and did well enough, then in college as part of my illustration classes I explored watercolors, again prescribed, and did well enough they tried to guide me into staying for my masters. I often carried those skills into projects for clients at the shop, but did I enjoy it? Not so much, it’s something I could do, and needed to do, and am just now realizing not what I wanted to do.
So now, I admit I do feel a relief with this knowledge as I’ll no longer pressure myself to paint, or figure out my voice or whatever other BS. What I do enjoy is creating beauty in our home, and collecting works by others, and especially appreciating 3D creations. So maybe now I’ll start pursuing my bucket list item: “take a ceramics class”, or maybe not, lol…
I’ve been thinking about rainbows a lot lately, a new found appreciation for them. I of course have always appreciated what they meant for others, but as I don’t identify that way, I never felt a personal connection to them but now I do, simply as a reminder of happiness. It’s fun to find them unintended…though these very much were (back at #NYNOW in Feb, but aren’t the divine - somewhere between a softball and bowling ball sized candles?!) And today I celebrate all of the shades of green, Happy St. Patrick’s Day ☘️
Our Valentine is home! Now the really hard part: training us, right, @blaircscott 🤦🏻♀️ Endlessly grateful for the team @bossk9cle. 💗 sweater from @littlebeast.co - Q has quite the wardrobe now (not sponsored). Head to stories for his thirst trap pose 😉