I will miss my practice and have spent the last couple of months saying goodbyes to those that will not be following me. I have treasured the fact that I have had 4 months as when I left my practice in Maine it was very fast and abrupt. I left to come to Colorado as I received an offer that I could not refuse. One that would pay off my $150,000 in student loans for a three year commitment. I could not turn it down. It was a good decision but I had to leave quickly and left many patients, staff and friends without proper goodbyes and conversation. As I look back, I wish that had been different.
For the last several weeks, I have had treasured conversations with my patients who have shared stories about how I have changed their lives or how I have helped them. I am reminded of the gift of my ability to listen without judgement which I have heard over and over again. Such gratitude for that. I am touched by the human connection that I am blessed to have . I also feel a deep connection with the staff that has supported me to provide great medical care for my patients. They have cared for me, worked hard for me and have become my friends. I will miss them but we will remain friends.
With the uncertainty in our national medical condition, I feel this is a good decision for me. I hope that in the coming years we will join the other modern nations of the world in working towards a universal health care system where healthcare is provided to all Americans as a right and a need. That will remain to be seen. I will remain involved as best I can to speak my truth about this.
Earlier this month, I was able to go to Maine! It was amazing. I framed my trip around a painting workshop in Rockland Maine with Steven Aimone. It was fabulous. We ( women from Asheville, Brooklyn, Charlotte, Montreal, Toronto, Kingston, Michigan, Connecticut, Boston, Atlanta, New Orleans, Mexico City and Me) gathered to paint, learn, share and be inspired by the Art whisperer. It was AMAZING!
I was also able to bathe in the friendships, the beauty, the food , the sights and the saltiness that I miss about my home. There were many friends that I did not have the time to connect with but ... I hope next time. . The schooner trip with Hannah off Bailey Island was definitely the icing on the cake. wow
So I return feeling ready to paint my feelings, my gratitude, my regrets , my fears and my celebrations. For i feel that is all i can do. As I head to my studio, i thank you all for the support you have given me whether you have just liked, loved, commented or bought my artwork. I have averaged a painting a month in sales for the year of 2017 and I am thrilled about that as my husband packages my painting to go live in a cottage on Lake Michigan. Knowing that my creation travels across the country to those that appreciate my work fills my cup more that you could ever imagine.