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  • Writer's pictureLaura Skinner

fresh start

Hey. friends. IRL, I've been making plans to run away for a while now. I don't know if "running away" is the best way to describe it, but it's the way I like to think about it. Is it running away if I've told everyone it affects? If it's not a secret? I don't know. I haven't mentioned it much on the internet though because it's a difficult situation for me to define. It's probably a bit irresponsible, and I don't want to promote or romanticize that kind of decision. But it's something I feel like I need to be honest about. As someone who is making art directly influenced by my life and sharing that with an audience, I don't want there to be a disconnect between my intentions and what I'm posting.

So here's what's up.

I'm looking for a fresh start. I'm in this amazing place in my life where I have so much freedom. Freedom to focus on my creative interests, freedom to live anywhere, freedom to try something new and exciting. I am so grateful to be in this situation, and I want to be able to take advantage of this opportunity while it's here. While I'm still young and dumb and dreaming.

I'm leaving my job, I'm leaving my apartment, I'm leaving Blacksburg. Not because I'm unhappy- that is so far from the case. The past couple years have been the most comfortable and convenient probably of my entire life. Bad things have happened, but the day-to-day has been so steady and wonderful. I honestly think I'm craving a bit of unsteadiness and discomfort, because that's where I thrive with my work. It keeps me on my toes.

There's not much more to tell you than that. At the end of July my current situation expires and a new chapter will begin in August. I might be living in the streets and selling my sketches to eat (my parents don't like that joke), but it will be something different. And I'm really, truly excited.

Also I'm so thankful for the family and friends that I've talked to about this that have been very encouraging (actually everyone). So thank you.

Love you guys. Hit me up if you have a couch I can sleep on in August. ttyl.

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