There has been a lot of nothing happening on Make Bracelets lately – hasn’t there?
Here’s what’s going on.
I have had to put tons of things on hold as my attention has been drawn to possible alternate universe plans.
Jewelry making has largely been pulled off the table except for a special project, a quick trip to a bead show and very few special orders lately. I’ve had to be tentative with so many people lately including my own kids – which has been so hard. Life has been in major limbo. No booking kid camps, summer vacations, no new purchases for the studio.
We may be making a big move. Far, far away to SINGAPORE. It is not for sure yet - but very possible. The girl from a small rural town in WI, then IN, then San Francisco and now Metro DC (albeit the far edge) in Northern Virginia may be packing up her home of 10 years, putting it in storage and headed Far East for a few years!
Singpore Skyline. Photo credit: Get In Travel
Singapore Art Science Museum. Photo Credit: San Diego Reader
The possibility of Singapore surfaced several months ago when my husband was asked if he would be interested in a new position overseas. He is not in the military so the thought of a job overseas was not on the radar. He runs a sales group in the telecom & video conferencing technology industry. Totally not on the radar.
We are still waiting to see if the numbers make sense. Singapore is crazy expensive. Lots of corporate red tape and waiting, back and forth on details on how it could all work. It’s been a drain. Tons of research on schools, cost of living, international taxes, housing and life in Singapore for an American Expat family. This has been taking up my time. Not to mention the thinning out of 10 years of life’s accumulation with two kids in our current home.
This next week could bring pivotal change in my life. The details are supposed to come.
That’s why the crickets have been chirping on the blog.
All these thoughts have been taking a turn in my psyche over the last few months making it a bit hard to concentrate. Major overwhelm. I’ve really never felt this way before.
My thoughts turned to: I hope there are high quality jewelry supply stores in Singapore! Wow, we would be so close to Thailand and hub of the silver trade! Oh man – so much closer to the gemstone manufacturing capital of the world.
I found out that one of the biggest jewelry trade shows in the WORLD happens each year in Singapore in October! I did this research before I researched the international schools – Yep, priorities. : )
The huge question of whether to stay or go will work itself out one way or another. We’ve done our research and now it is just a waiting game. The kids still have no clue. My husband and I have had to talk in code around my 5 year old and avoid the subject all together when my son is around. I do not want to upset them during end of year test taking at school if this whole thing does not come to pass.
If it does, the great thing is you are all just as close as ever via the web. You will get a glimpse of life and beads and the handmade jewelry scene in Singapore. I’m very thankful for technology. I’ll keep you posted!
Hope you are having a good start to your summer season!
I’d love to hear from you if you have lived abroad with elementary or middle school aged kids for a few years, especially Singapore or other Asian countries. I keep hearing from people I talk to in person it was the best decision they ever made!