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Last Open Studio.....Ever.

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You know how when people describe the end of something, they always say it's bittersweet?  Moving out of my studio isn't.  I'm ecstatic.  I'd move out tomorrow if I had the time.  

There was a point in 2013 when my studio was sharing a small office space in the condo we were renting.  It wasn't really the ideal place to be making a mess.  So when I found a space in our current studio building, I jumped at the chance.  And it made me feel so much more professional, like a real business owner, with a real studio.  Then I quit my job and after several months, I had a good schedule going with the studio.... until the holidays hit last year.  I spent all day, 7 days a week at the studio.  I was never home and my life felt completely out of control.  I have a few things that I need to happen to make me feel like I have control over my life- they are: having a clean apartment, having coffee or tea out of a handmade mug in the morning, and making dinner at home.  And for several weeks at a time last year and this year- none of those things were happening.  

And then one day, about a month ago, Steve and I got this crazy idea to get rid of the studio space (which we share) and move it into our one bedroom apartment.  As crazy as it will be, I was totally on board.  We'll have separation between our spaces which will be nice and I'll be able to work from the moment I get up in the morning until I go to sleep at night.  This may not sound appealing, but when I'll be able to make more jewelry, I think I'll be less stressed out about being behind all the time.  I also won't have to have a UPS mailbox anymore because I'll be home to receive packages.  So my day won't look like this: train to gym; train to UPS store; train to studio with a million heavy boxes; work in excessively hot or cold studio all day; train to home; sad attempt at making dinner.....

I know I'll have to deal with some feelings of not being professional anymore- just another jewelry designer making jewelry at home {insert "she's making jewelry now" song} but I know it's for the best.  Does anyone else work full time at home?  I'd love some advice on the subject!