Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Big decisions. Big move. Lots of tissues.

I have BIG news.  We are moving!  Right now! Seriously.  The movers are here at this moment!  This has been the news I have been hinting at for months now.  I could not bring myself to share it until now because it is with such mixed emotions that we have made this decision.
Let me start by saying I love Budapest, I love Hungary.  I love the architecture, the rich folk and craft culture.  The people, the food-oh the food...  I love living in a foreign country, the challenges and the rewards of accomplishing the simplest thing like getting a smile from the lady at the market when you finally pronounce the word for peach correctly ("barack" - it is not pronounced the way you think).  I love the friends I have made, the trips I have taken and the many ways that living in Hungary have inspired me and fed my creativity.  ...need to grab a tissue...

If there are so many wonderful things about living in Hungary, why leave?  My business is growing, and with clients mostly in the USA, it is time to focus on taking my business to the next level.  I want to be able to travel to more shows in the US and spend face time with clients.  Yes, I could have done that from Europe but in the end it made more sense to be stateside.

I am certain that we will return to living overseas-mark my words!  I see Steven and I traveling the world together exploring some places for a week or two and other places for a few years.  We thrive in foreign environments-as a couple and as individuals.  I am already looking forward to our next foreign adventure together!

So, it is wish great sadness and excitement that I end this chapter and start a new one...in Seattle.

the goods - ready to ship

We lived in Seattle for 12 years before moving to Hungary.  So we have friends waiting for us and a house that we are excited to inhabit again....and my studio is fantastic!!  

It is exciting moving back.  I think it will be a bit different.  I feel I am a bit different...a bit more fearless, a bit wiser and a bit more independent.  I feel my future is open and ready for me to take charge. woohoo!

I think it is fitting to end this post with one of my favorite quotes:
"Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving there safely and unmarked, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, wine in the other, totally worn out and screaming wooo hoooo what a ride!"


Anonymous said...

Good Luck with the move Diane!

bold.color.glass said...

Dear Diane,
I will miss your smile, meeting you at craft and design fairs, but I am also happy for your improovement. Keep going!
... and keep visiting Hungary!
Good luck!

Josephine said...

Oh Diane! This makes me so sad and happy at the same time. I'm really excited to be seeing you in Seattle soon! You and Steve have always been world travelers and I've always admired how you seamlessly fit in to different cultures and travel to places that are 'unpopular' because you love the people and the countries. Of course you'll be back. You guys love the world and couldn't stay put in one place for long. I'm excited your next step of your journey brings you to Seattle : ) See you soon! Have safe travels!!

Diane Kappa said...

Heide, Thanks. We will be close to each other. If you ever come into the city let me know. It would be nice to meet up for coffee!

Zsuzsa, THank you so much for the kind words. It was a very difficult decision but I know it was the right one. Best of luck to you and your business! Next time I am visiting Budapest I will be sure to stop by WAMP and find you! Puszi!

Josephine, Thanks you so much! Knowing you are waiting for me in Seattle is making this whole transition much easier! Looking forward to seeing you soon!!!