I’m currently living in a new location: Maine. This might be a temporary/seasonal relocation, or it might lead to my longterm home and retirement place. Time will tell. So what does it mean for my music, art, and writing? It’s hard saying, but I know one thing. Hopefully, I will be able to start playing music live in the Southern Maine region in the future.
I’m still teaching at a community college in Washington State. The college is graciously allowing me to teach fully online for the remainder of the 2022/23 academic year. That permission likely won’t roll over into the following year. That means I have some decisions to make. Do I go back to Washington for a few more years and teach until I reach full retirement age? Or do I retire from teaching early and reinvent myself in Maine?
At this minute, I lean toward the second option. There’s an independent streak in me that would love to become and independent artist or artisan, to make my living creating and selling my own talent and/or products and services. Maine is a great place for starting small businesses and I must say I’m a little bit intrigued. Or maybe I could find a gig in education here, if not full-time, a part-time supplemental thing. Oh, the possibilities.
But first things first. We just got into town on November 10 and the new place needs to be furnished and turned into a home. Interior design is actually something I’m pretty good at. So, I’ll be looking for some cool furniture and art for the new place. I’m also going to be painting and doing some remodeling in the kitchen. Winter is on the way. By springtime I should have a better idea where the future will lead. – dse