Amanda Jolley

Studio Joy

When Dreams Come True Mingled with Overwhelm


I was unprepared for how difficult this move has been for our family. We moved quickly into our new space before essential work was done because of my husband’s pending work schedule. Because of this, we found ourselves without heat for almost two weeks and no way to cook. I am thankful for space heaters, for an electric water heater, and for such awesome food resources so near.

Food (and coffee) we survived on:

But the stress of the move hit me quickly. I was overtaken by overwhelm, hit by looming waves of despair with small little splashes of joy and adventure.


Things I’ve learned from this move:

  • I’m a lot more weak/fragile than I thought.
  • I hate being cold. Well, I really already knew that, so let me add that being cold all the time for a couple weeks really broke me down.
  • My dog loves taking walks all the time. I think she prefers having no back yard.
  • I have become attached to ‘things’ and am learning to become unattached.
  • I prefer being unattached.
  • I am forever grateful for the awesome coffee served at the Filling Station across the street (because it is fuel, it is warm and it is very, very good).

But don’t worry ya’ll. The sun is shining here. I have a firm and solid Hope that wells up within me. And the waves are reversing in size. I wish I knew how to surf, because the waves of joy and adventure are growing so large thanks to the setting up of my studio space. The house will have issues for some time, but now I have a place to create. No, WE have a place to create, because you are invited! I will have a schedule coming out later this month with details on open studio time and workshops.

This Sunday our Art Journal Monthly group is going to break in the new, still-rugged studio space (which will most definitely have heat!).

In process, tables and chairs are being added for Sunday! Don’t worry, there will be more set up. Plenty, plenty of room for all.


I can’t help but dream as I set this up. Just picture acid washed concrete floors. A new and fabulous replacement for that overhead door.

But the essentials are taken care of now.



12 Comments on “When Dreams Come True Mingled with Overwhelm”

  1. I’ve been watching this dream of yours come true. I do imagine that it is overwhelming and adventurous at the same time. Change is always hard, even if it is something that we dream about. So glad that things are coming together. Blessings to you!

  2. Love the boat & glad you were in it instead of treading water! Happy the waves are reversing! I totally hear you on being cold. It snowed this morning at our house. Now that spring is coming to Kansas I can say that I wish I lived closer so I could come to your Sunday journaling group. I just finished the Joy Journal Project. If I can figure it out, I will try to send you pictures of a couple of pages.

  3. Your space looks so amazing, so you, Amanda. Life transitions are so wearing…physically, mentally, spiritually…it sounds like you are looking at all there is to be thankful for. How amazing that you live across the street from the coffee shop. I was just telling Jesse the other day that if we lived near a cafe we could walk and get our morning cup of coffee there! Trusting you are able to do one thing at a time and be able to enjoy the process of establishing your new home.

  4. Oy, moving is always a mixed bag of adventure! Excitement of a new space, stress of getting everything from here to there, joy of imagining new colours on walls, the agony of sore muscles. Throw in a lack of heat and reliable sustenance and even the most stalwart person would come apart at the seams a bit. šŸ™‚

    It’s been so exciting to watch your dream unfold, I am SO happy for you and your family. You and your family are filled with Awesome, y’all are gonna knock this thing out of the ballpark! Do it in your own way, at your own speed and by your own rules. šŸ™‚

    I’m hoping one day I can get myself to your area of the country, sit in one of those chairs and create with you! šŸ™‚

  5. Oh, I hope you do send the pictures! Can’t wait to see!
    And I’m glad I’m in the boat too. I think I’d drown otherwise. šŸ™‚

  6. I wish I had some clever way to say how excited I am for you! You have been blessed with a clean slate to create on…now, put yourself in thepainting and make it something wonderful!

  7. I had to laugh out loud when I saw the scrabble pieces painted and then realized the words “hidden art”. I also am having issues with attachment that I need to unattach from. It is a work in progress. Rome was not built in a day. Love the studio space.

  8. congratulations on your move and new creative space…more big creative things in your horizon my friend! Blessings!!!

  9. absolutely love to follow you!!!!! Adore!!! Just think; all that going without you had to face for two weeks made you go, with-out…and discover the new world you inhabit šŸ™‚ I can’t wait to touch those floors…they’re my dream someday…

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