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Just this past Saturday Seth Godin posted a question on his blog: "How long between leaps?" This question comes at a perfect time for me, as my husband Jonathon and I recently decided to relocate to the Bay Area.  He was offered a fantastic opportunity and we've decided to make the leap. So, to answer Seth Godin's question: about 5 years between leaps, thanks for asking!

Leaping into a new adventure is exciting, yet scary!  Photo ©    Hamad AL-Mohannna

Leaping into a new adventure is exciting, yet scary! Photo © Hamad AL-Mohannna

New Adventures Always Come with a Little Heartbreak

As exciting as it is to leap into a new adventure, this one comes with a little heartbreak and, of course, a healthy dose of fear of the unknown.

Glass Elements was born here in Seattle in 2008. My glass work was just a hobby back when we lived in DC, and only became a real business when I started my Etsy shop after moving to Seattle.  In the span of 5 years, it's grown from a small closet studio in our first rental, to the spare room in our second and now has expanded to take over the basement of our house. 

With this move, I'll be searching for a studio space outside of our home and downsizing as well.  It'll be liberating to clear out the things I've collected that I haven't really been using, yet daunting to find the perfect space to rebuild my studio space in our new city.

Just physically moving my studio isn't the only thing on my mind. It's always sad and a little scary to leave behind your friends and your support network.  The support of my local etsy team, etsyRAIN, and in particular, the amazing friends I made from being involved with the group were instrumental in making Seattle feel like home. 

Huge thanks & hugs to Marlo, Kayce, Heidi, Mary & Dave, and Becky (and countless others!) for the continued support and for Just Being Awesome. From what I've heard of the Bay Area, I am hopeful that I can find a community of artists and the perfect studio space to start over.  If you have any tips for our transition, I'd love to hear them... Want to visit with me before I leave the area? 

Find me at these upcoming shows as I finish out my summer season and before I load the car and write the note...

Written by Marja Huhta —

Comments

Studio Sunday - Packing up the Seattle Studio:

[…] It’s a little bittersweet to leave Seattle, but the same time exciting to start a new adventure in the Bay Area! […]

January 26, 2015

Diana:

A mere drive away from Jess & Matt — you’ll enjoy each other!!!

January 26, 2015

Marja Huhta:

Yes, we will! I’m definitely looking forward to living in the same state as my best friend again! :)

January 26, 2015

Becky Brooks:

Aw, now you’re making me teary. Thanks for the sweet mention. I’ve so enjoyed getting to know you better, bonding over our Finnish roots and design aesthetic, and having you a part of Flying House Art & Craft Sale the past three years. If you have time, I’d love to see you before you go. If not, I’ll hope to see you sometime when we’re in CA. I look forward to hearing what the artsy scene is there these days. Jeff and I used to enjoy going to Kings Mountain Art and Craft Fair over 20 years ago…it was in a beautiful setting in the hills and woods.

January 26, 2015

Marja Huhta:

Success! Now someone other than me is teary. ;) I would love to get together before I leave and will make sure that happens.

Thanks for the tip on Kings Mountain – just bookmarked it as something to check out/apply to for next year! :)

January 26, 2015

Becky Brooks:

Sounds great! Wow—I just looked googled KM—50 years! Isn’t that setting gorgeous? I can picture you there. We bought our first painting there, an original batik. It was way more than we’d ever spent on art before.

January 26, 2015

Anje:

I understand the exciting/scary I am starting a new job after 13 years! We honeymooned in San Fran, and are dying to get back there, I am sure you will feel right at home in no time!!

January 26, 2015

Marja Huhta:

The opportunities do look promising! And since I’ll be near all those cool things, it just means you’ll need to visit often! :)

January 26, 2015

Marja Huhta:

Thank you!

January 26, 2015

Marja Huhta:

Thanks, Heidi! I appreciate all the support and especially to know I’ll have a place to stay when I come back up for a certain show, if the jurors will let me in! ;)

January 26, 2015

Marja Huhta:

Thanks, Anje! Good luck on your transition, too! And if you ever get back out to San Fran, we need to meet up!

January 26, 2015

Marja Huhta:

Thanks, Felicia! Plan that visit after we’re settled and we can meet up for coffee. :)

January 26, 2015

Marlo M.:

So happy for you… so sad for Seattle( and me)…also a bit jealous! So many resources in SF! And you’ll be near Steph, Val, SFEtsy, Makeshift Society and SO much more! It’s gonna be so great!

January 26, 2015

Christine Stoll Jewelry/Kathy O Jewelry:

Wow! What a wonderful leap to the Bay Area! They are lucky to have you!

January 26, 2015

maxandcopost:

I say, YAY for change and exciting new opportunities! Even though I’m really going to miss you, I know you will make the most of this adventure. You will always have a place to stay if you come back north ♥

January 26, 2015

Felicia:

Congratulations, Marja!! I’m so jealous – I lived in San Francisco for a few years a long time ago and it remains my favorite city of all time. I think it’s time for me to schedule a visit. I miss it.

January 26, 2015

Beth:

How exciting/scary! The Bay area is so wonderful — I am sure you will settle in just fine!

January 26, 2015

Marja Huhta:

Thanks, Beth!

January 26, 2015

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