Update: A Hiatus That Was Entirely Too Long

I am not really sure where to start, so I will just start writing and we will see what comes out.

I filed for divorce in December 2017. The divorce would not be finalized until January 2021.

My father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in January 2019.

I have been involved in a lawsuit since late 2019. I cannot disclose any details until it is concluded, but it is ongoing.

My daughter and I went to visit my father in December 2019; this was the last time I would see my dad alive.

COVID hit March 2020. You all know how that is still going.

I was an essential worker throughout the first two years of COVID, and I was completely isolated in an empty building by myself for over a year. This had a tremendous negative impact on my already tenuous mental health.

In January 2021, I had a cancer scare and a biopsy revealed that it was not cancerous.

In January 2021, my beloved dog Nicky died at 14 years old, completely unexpectedly.

In March 2021, I had to put my other beloved dog Brie down due to organ failure. She was also 14 years old.

In November 2021, I left my job as an essential worker to improve my mental health.

In December 2021, my father’s health began to decline rapidly.

January 12, 2022 my father died from a massive stroke.

January 24, 2022 my uncle died from leukemia, my dad’s only sibling.

My father’s services were delayed until March 2022 due to COVID restrictions and travel problems.

My uncles services are delayed until summer 2022 due to COVID and travel problems.

I have lost 5 other aunts and uncles since 2019.

It hasn’t all been bad.

In September 2019 I met this really incredible man, and we have been together since then.

In May 2021, I adopted an 8 year old Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Daisie. I had two Pembroke Welsh Corgis as a child, and she has been a great addition to our family.

I started a new job in November 2021, that I feel far more comfortable in, and overall seems like a better fit. And I am not alone all day every day.

My daughter turned 10 on November 23, 2021.

I turn 40 on April 22, 2022.

So where do we go from here?

I started a TGP TikTok. Username: thegemstoneproject

I am going to try to start back up with jewelry design with already pending projects in late April/May.

I plan to take on new projects starting in the summer 2022.

I plan to revamp my website, hopefully 2022, but perhaps into 2023.

I plan to reopen my Etsy store in 2022. However, I plan on moving away from Etsy in the long term.

But I’m back. Stronger and more resilient than I ever was before. But please be patient with me, I’m still dealing with a lot. I have been in a variety of litigation for almost 5 years, and there is no end in sight. I am still dealing with my dad’s estate and family stuff. So there are a lot of stressful, time consuming things happening in the background.

I am excited to be back and I can’t wait to design some beautiful projects once again!

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