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Hibernation mode

Hibernation mode

Winter is coming, and with it, the hibernation of my sweet little shop.

I already told you about the unfortunate change of visa that I’m going to experience next month and the consequences that come with it – aka an extended period of forced vacations for me and my husband. So far, no other changes to declare, all that I said last week is still valid.

So, first things first, I will close the shop on November 17, and the last orders will be sent the following Monday.

Closing the shop at this time means that there won’t be any end-of-the-year sales. So, just as I was saying in my last post, if you’re planning to get some Yule or Christmas presents from my shop, the sooner the better. The same goes for custom orders: you still have a few weeks to work with me, then I won’t be able to create anything more for you until the reopening (which annoys me deeply, despite it not being my call).

Now for those of you who asked me about the publishing of my Wildera Lenormand, don’t worry, I still have it in my mind. My initial schedule obviously doesn’t stand anymore, but I still intend to have it printed and released as soon as I can. I had planned to get pre-orders on the shop by mid November; instead we are going to have a Spring Launch – sounds exciting to me!

I’ll keep posting news about my very first deck here and on my social media platforms, but I’m also aware that some of you don’t use them and would like something else instead. As a solution, I will get back on creating and writing regular Newsletters in the future. This way, you’re going to be able to know where and how to order Wildera Lenormand when the time comes.

So if you’re inclined to it, please go and subscribe here, and I will take care of the rest 🙂

Having the shop in hibernation during the Cold Months doesn’t necessary mean that I will be dormant too (even if my Hermit Bear side finds it really tempting some days).

There’s a few weeks in December / January where I’m going to go back to France and enjoy the holidays with family while waiting for the new visa to be approved. Then, back to our home in Washington State, I’m going to use the rest of my free time to work on different Personal Projects that I kept pushing aside during last Summer.

I’ve got a long list for this, plenty of choice to keep me busy and share different facets of my spiritual and creative life with you. For instance, I still need to organize the inside of Mildred Payne’s Secret Treasure Box to be able to find the Magic Trinkets that I keep in there more easily.

I also want to work on the wood storage chests that I use in the Atelier. The idea came to me right in the beginning of my installation here, that they needed to be decorated to reflect the creations that I keep in. I have this picture in my head of what it’s going to look like; now I just have to make it happen. Besides of all this, I need to finish some wall decor for my Atelier too, and a couple of my Witchy Books and Grimoires are waiting for some updates and new pages.

I’m starting to find the positive side of these forced vacations. So many things to create, and plenty of time to focus on it!

Expatriate update: changing visa and the consequences

Expatriate update: changing visa and the consequences

It’s funny how it’s easy to forget about the technicalities of your residential status when you’ve settled in a foreign country for a while. Once you’ve dealt with all the challenges of the beginning, you start to build your new life and your routines, and soon you forget that you’re here on a visa that is meant to be temporary. At least I did.

But things always end up changing, right? The wind turns, the moon disappears from view, the ocean tides withdraw, the trees let go of their dying leaves… and I happened to learn that my visa will have to go too in a few weeks.

I so easily forgot about me being an expatriate, and it’s now hitting me right in the face. As home as I feel here in this magical spot in the Pacific Northwest, I’m still bound by a piece of paper on my passport and my life here is only permitted by the US immigration laws.

I’ll spare you the boring details about why and how my status will have to be adjusted, but here’s what you need to know, because – of course – this unfortunate news will affect the shop.

Should everything go according to plan (let’s have a bit of hope here), I will get a new type of visa and be allowed to stay in this country. No big international move at the horizon for now, which is really great! But getting the new visa will take some time and (let’s go for the bad bits now) it won’t be one that allows me to work. At least not by its own. I’ll have to get an additional work authorization, and that too, won’t be done in a day.

At this point you’ve probably already understood what it means for the shop. Since I won’t be allowed to work here for a certain length of time, I’ll have no other choice but to close it, and take advantage of these forced vacations to “work” on something else (like getting to the point where patience is my best quality) (or maybe a new Oracle? hmh, just saying).

Last but not least, let’s talk timing and delays. How long will this whole process take?

Please be aware that I cannot guaranty anything, that this is just an estimation, and that… yeah, things change. But for now, here’s what I’m being told: my current visa will be canceled the last day of November, then there’s approximately a two months wait to get the new visa, and after that, another couple of months for me to have a work authorization.

What do you need to remember from all this? Essentially, that the shop will be closed by the end of November (I will be able to confirm the date soon), so if you had the intention to get Christmas presents from my shop this year, I can only apologize and suggest that you place your orders sooner than later. I’ll still be happy to have them ready for you and your loved ones ♥

TL;DR: My current visa is being canceled, I will get a new one and be allowed to stay in the US, but I will have to wait before having the authorization to work here again. As a consequence, I unfortunately will have to close the shop for an extended period of time (approx. 4 months), beginning at the end of November.

I visited San Francisco!

I visited San Francisco!

And it was great as you’d suspect 🙂 A bit tiring though, we didn’t have much time to rest between all the different places we visited. We played it like real tourists: we took a ferry to cruise the bay under a Glorious Sun, visited different parts of the City like Chinatown and Le Castro and went to the top of Coit tower to have an overview of everything around us, we rode bikes through the Golden Gate bridge all the way to Sausalito, and we even booked a Night Tour to go and visit Alcatraz Island, where we got to hear the daunting sound of an entire row of prison cell doors all closing at the same time.

But the real treat for me was being able to see and feel how different Nature was compared to the part of the Pacific Northwest that I live in. The Flora I encountered in San Francisco was lovely: there were giant cacti and succulents almost everywhere we went (I’m so jealous right now!), I saw lots and lots of plants that I couldn’t even start to identify, and the sight of Californian Poppies always caught my eyes with delight.

I really enjoyed it, especially when hiking in Glen Canyon Park after climbing on the top of Twin Peaks (where it was so windy I thought I’d be swept away like a Dancing Leaf). And don’t get me started on the Golden Gate Park and its harmonious and relaxing Japanese Tea Garden. Or the Pacific Ocean and the adorable crew of porpoises we managed to see, gently riding the waves near the shore (picture me screaming: “I just saw a black fin!” and making a happy dance on the beach).

All right, apart from the fact that I am now totally rambling about my last vacations, where am I going with this? Well, you know the feeling, right? When you finally arrive to your little Piece of Land after a relatively long trip, you start to recognize the trees and the roads and the shape of the horizon behind. Then in one breath, you suddenly have this realization, that you are home.

That’s exactly how I felt coming back from my Californian trip and seeing the mountains get closer and closer. And it caught me by surprise. I genuinely didn’t expect this, neither did I expect how strong the feeling was.

It’s been almost a year since I arrived here, a foreign country. And since I’m living on a temporary visa, I wasn’t really in a mindset of actually considering this part of the world my home. I mean, since the first day I feel like I belong here (somehow, don’t ask me why) but my rational mind kept reminding me that no, this is not your country, your actual home is somewhere else – whatever that means since I don’t have one in France anymore.

So which one is right? I think for once I’m gonna go with my gut feeling, and not ignoring it especially when it is that strong. This last year has been the best and the worst at the same time. It has been confusing, and challenging, bur it also made me grow. And build new roots.

My trip to San Francisco was fantastic, but coming home that day was even better, like hearing a voice saying: “It’s ok, you know. This is the right place for you to be, and whatever happens, you’re gonna be ok here. ” And this little spark of peacefulness was comforting in a way that I didn’t anticipate. I’m grateful I got to experience this.

On the Threshold

On the Threshold

First of all, let me wish you a happy new year 2019. May it be as sweet as possible, full of enchantment, poetry, and lots of nature walks ♥

Ok, let’s go straight to the question that many of you asked me, with good reason: when will I reopen the shop? Unfortunately, I can’t confirm a specific date yet. For administrative reasons among other things, but mostly because I realized that I didn’t want to go too fast, and rush the launch of Wildera at the risk of missing out on what my wanderings in this new territory could inspire me for the new version of the shop. I’m asking you to be patient, it will eventually happen. Promised.

Administrative delays are one thing, but if I want to be perfectly honest, I also postponed the reopening because of to my state of mind these last few months. Let’s just say that for me personally, 2018 was an absolute chaos. We didn’t go along right from the beginning this year and I, and I’m really glad we finally said goodbye to each other last Monday. Last year was marked by a really exciting opportunity, but it was also a year of mourning, and the uncomfortable mixture of the two brought back a lot of anxieties and blockages, all more difficult than others to understand and overcome.

As explained in my previous post (several weeks ago now), I initially allowed myself to have a bit of a rest, which included moving away from social networks to fully enjoy a season of discovery and exploration of the Pacific Northwest. Then this resting time slowly became a healing time, a much longer one, as you may have noticed. But I accept it now as necessary in my journey, even if it cost me to have to put aside the shop like I did in order to concentrate… well, on myself primarily. Before I even pictured my branches extending in all directions, I had to actually take care of those broken down in the first place, and firmly anchoring my roots in this new landscape.

Nature cycle

There’s been a few months of absence and silence then, for which I hope you will not resent me, or at least not too much. I don’t really have a plan for the future, which does not sound like me at all, and it should surely worry me a little. But I trust this little flame of creativity that I was already talking about last time, that same one that never stopped burning, and allowed me to continue creating almost daily during this long hiatus (yes, it also means that a lot of things have piled up in the new Atelier, and I’ll be able to show them to you before the reopening).

Even in the darkest days of Winter, inspiration has never left me. It’s been quite the opposite actually. Me moving here allowed for a renewal in my spirituality in a way that I didn’t expect. Coming back to the heart of my belief system and practices has reinforced my creativity and my desire to go further and further with the exploration of these two areas, these two essential and interlaced aspects of my existence and daily life.

Exploring the lands of the Living World that surrounds me, just as much as the landscapes of my Inner World. How about that for a New Year “resolution”? Hmm? 🙂

Reach for the sky!

Reach for the sky!

Ok, so… I have a big announcement to make. I mean, a huge one. And as usual, I don’t really know where to begin. Maybe I can start with a pretty photograph so you can have some sort of clue on what this is all about.

Destination: Pacific Northwest!

Yep, just came back to my workshop, and here I am, preparing myself for a trip. I’m quite busy with all th…

– A trip, really? That’s your idea of a huge news?
– Ok, ok, just… give me a minute.

So maybe you’re already aware that by the beginning of next summer, my tribe and I are going to move…

– Come oooon! Spill it out!

We are going to move to the United States and actually live there for a couple of years!

And of course, this big change implied that I’ll be taking my work and my shop with me. A part of it, at least, since I have to be very selective about what needs to come with us on this adventure. But yeah, now that I said it, I can start to breathe again.

It isn’t an idea that has just popped out of our mind in the last couple of minutes, but I didn’t want to talk about it here before I was sure without any doubt that we were going to do this. I’m kind of superstitious when it comes to big projects like this, and I rarely speak to more than one or two people about it as long as I’m not absolutely sure of the outcome (and they had to listen to me and bear my moods during all the progress of the situation ^^ ). The other reason is that I kept thinking about all the consequences of an announcement like this one if it just ends up canceled. I’d probably just feel pretty uncomfortable if that were to happen.

But today, I have enough certainties: our visas have been approved by the American embassy and the fly date is pretty much set. All seems ready for the Great Trip, I just need to sort and pack my things (and here comes a massive amount of work to do, I shouldn’t even be here rambling about it). Anyway, if everything follows our plan, by the end of June, USA here we come!

What will this move change for you, you ask? Until now, even if I’ve always taken orders from all over the world, the online shop was only available in French. Yeah, sorry about that 😛 But here comes the good news, I’m working on an English version so I can welcome you in as you deserve. On the other hand, I’ll probably have to close the shop for a few months when I’ll arrive on the US soil because you know, I need to get authorizations and licenses and stuff to be able to work properly in my new environment.

Anyway, another change for you will concern the shipping costs and delivery times. You guessed it, American people, that’s a win for you!

Preparing for a trip

I can’t describe you how much I’m excited about this move, and I can’t wait to tell you my stories here, on the blog. Surely I’ll be talking to you about my journey, with all of its challenges and victories, not to mention all of the discoveries and meetings that I will surely make once I’m settled there. I can only invite you to join me on social medias if you haven’t already, and especially on my Instagram accounts, where I speak English (or at least, I try to, ahah) 🙂

It’s a well-thought-out decision, but even if I’ve taken the time to consider all that needed to be considered, it’s still a leap of faith. It asks me, amongst other things, to delay or even give up other projects that I care about, without really knowing what I will gain in exchange. But to be fair, it’s mostly a great opportunity and it would have been totally stupid to say no when it came into our lives.

Plus, on a strictly personal level, the time – in a certain way – fits for me, as I’m looking for a way to change my World. I can definitely see myself planting my roots elsewhere for some time and rebuild something different after the tough weeks I’ve been through.

As for Lune de Sève, I have the feeling that I will start from the beginning, but with my first experience of entrepreneurship as a big help. I start again, but with the craving and will for more authenticity, I want to create more in agreement with the person I’ve become, letting my higher self be more expressive. The winds of changes are here and I want to rebrand my shop and business by thinking about what I can and want to give more to others, keeping a wish in mind: that Beauty and Imagination continue to inspire those they touch.

I’m moving to America, and it’s a great transition, a new beginning and without a doubt, it will be an adventure! I sincerely hope you’ll be there, sharing it with me ♥