Those of you who have been following my journey via my blog and my e-mail announcements know that I’m on the road for a year.
You know how life is—the more you plan, the more surprises come along. The biggest surprise is that I don’t feel rooted to Hawaii anymore. Now that I’ve set myself free to “live” anywhere in the world, Hawaii suddenly seems like a very out-of-the-way and inconvenient place to keep my office.
YOU’RE GOING WHERE??
Long story short, I’m selling my Waikiki apartment, closing my office and moving everything to Lincoln, Nebraska.
WHAT?? LINCOLN, NEBRASKA?? ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR F**ING MIND??
Well, yes, that’s what I would have said a year ago. But now that the whole world is mine (it always was, I just didn’t know it until now), it doesn’t matter so much where I make my pit stops.
And my family, which has always been very much there for me, is mostly in and around Lincoln, especially my sister Kelly, who’s always been my biggest cheerleader and BFF. There’s a lot to be said for having a solid support system already in place.
I’ll rent an apartment which will be my new headquarters with office, studio and a small living space all in one. Also, as you will have guessed, Lincoln, Nebraska is a lot less expensive than Honolulu, Hawaii! And that makes a lot of sense now that I’ll be on the road for all but a few days of the year.
MOVING OUT AND GETTING RID OF MORE STUFF
All this means that it’s time to get rid of even more stuff. I’ve been involved in this process now for almost 9 months, and I just keep getting lighter and lighter. This is a very good thing.
I’m having a series of sales to sell art and other office items I don’t want to move. I could call them “Clearance Sales” but I think prefer to call them “LIGHTENING THE LOAD” Sales. If you’re on my e-mail list you’ll hear about these sales. (If you’re not, click here to add yourself. Don’t worry, we don’t share this list and we only send about 3 e-mails a month.)
The first of the “Lightening the Load” sales may already be underway as you’re reading this. Check out my website if you’re curious!
LEAVING HOME—AND GOING HOME
I’d be lying if I said that leaving Hawaii wasn’t an emotional thing for me. I’ve spent most of my life here, and I will always love it. But one of the bigger surprises of my “On the Road” adventure so far has been how little I miss Hawaii!
Yeah, that surprised me. But I guess the fact that I now feel at home anywhere I’m at, means I don’t have a home to be homesick for. And living in Hawaii for 40 years, it turns out, is enough. I made my life there, and loved it, and now that I’m in a whole new phase, Hawaii feels very much like my past already. And I don’t want to live in the past! (Of course, that doesn’t mean I can’t visit anytime I feel like it.)
So begins the next phase of the adventure. I’ll be in Hawaii for at least another couple of months—there are a lot of loose ends to tie up. And of course through all of this, I’m still producing art, so watch to see what is created by all this excited new energy!
I can’t wait to get to Nebraska (never thought I’d write those words!) and set up my new home and office, so that I can head out into the world again! One of the things I like about my new location is that it’s much closer to Brazil—as well as the rest of South America, Central America and the Caribbean—all areas I can’t wait to explore more. Hmmm…Santo Domingo? Havana? Bogotá? Ah, the possibilities—and the beautiful men—that await!
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