I have to let you know. After looking through all I have just written, it seems like a novel is in the making. Should you want to pass on my "book", preferring a compilation of pictures rather than delicately-chosen words, I guess I would find it in my heart to forgive you.

Still reading? Lol, i'm honored. Now on with the post:

Columnist Ellen Goodman wrote this many years ago.

There's a trick to the Graceful Exit. It begins with the vision to recognize when a job, a life stage, a relationship is over -- and to let go. It means leaving what's over without denying its validity or its past importance in our lives.

It involves a sense of future, a belief that every exit line is an entry, that we are moving on, rather than out.

The trick to retiring well may be the trick of living well. It's hard to recognize that life isn't a holding action, but a process. It's hard to learn that we don't leave the best parts of ourselves behind, back in the dugout or the office. We own what we learned back there. The experiences and the growth are grafted onto our lives. And when we exit, we can take ourselves along --quite gracefully.

This short piece has been a companion throughout the many major events in my life. Many times I have read it, many times it has given me much solace and comfort in its presence. During the bitter abuse I was put through. Making the decision to sell my business. Having faith to move on and start Angelicious Creations. These are only some among the many major changes in my life.

It has, to put it simply and accurately, served me well.

Looking back on the past, from the dust and ashes that Angelicious Creations had come out of and evolved into, peace fills my heart. I know this is who I am and who I will be. I am thankful for taking that step out.

If you have spent any time reading my blog, you will realize by now that my art comes in fits and starts. Such is the fortune (or misfortune, depending how you see it) of having a mind accustomed to work at its own will.

Nevertheless, this mind has never failed to grant me the ideas and creativity that has made me put into being the many designs and innovativity that has been the very core of Angelicious Creations.

EVERY purchase is personal to me, it touches my heart deeply, to know that someone out there appreciates the hard work and time I have put in to make every single piece. The void in my heart has since been filled with much love, encouragement and support from all of you. I am truly grateful. =)