Do you get all excited about the start of a new year and hit the ground running, only to find yourself still buried in a pile of ornaments and papers and tax forms by the 10th of January? Me too! I had such good intentions. I think I've had a touch of Spring Fever since November.
I wanted to have everything wrapped up and put away by New Year's Day so I could start 2019 fresh and clean. But when I found myself rearranging the garage in order to put the holiday decorations away, it all came back to me.
This happened last year!
I remember thinking then that the whole New Year's resolution thing might work a lot better if we allowed ourselves to start on February 1st. After all, the holidays are so full of extras and it takes time to clean up, rest up, put away, and maybe recover from the cold you caught from cousin Joanie. And like many of those little "aha" moments, I noticed when it happened last year, wrote myself a note, and then filed it away on some yellow pad in my desk drawer. When I noticed the same pattern repeating itself this year, I made myself a cup of tea and decided to give myself a break and ease into the year a little more gently.
I have so many ideas to share with you this year!
For the past few years I've been a busy bird, gathering knowledge and experience, (and a rather large art supply stash!) building my skills, and learning techniques from some of the most exciting artists around. I've made new friends all over the world and created my own art in many different mediums. But for the most part, I've kept to myself.
It's been a wild and colorful ride and I want to invite you to join me. I don't have it all worked out yet but I'm ready to start giving back. Blogging, teaching, online tutorials, who knows?
I'm exploring the possibilities!
By September, I already knew that my Word of the Year for 2019 was going to be
But before I jump into this big new puddle with both feet, I'm going to take time this month to look back on 2018 and appreciate all the little steps I took. There were hills to climb and bridges to cross. I didn't do it alone and I want to take time to say thank you to everyone who held my hand along the way. It will be a long list!
As I review the events and actions of this past year, I'm also thinking about what I'd like to see on the list next year. In January 2020, what do I want to be able to write on my 2019 Year In Review list? How do I want to have grown? What skills would I like to have learned? These are not goals, written in stone. They're just little "what ifs".
What if I create an online course?
What if I take a trip to England to sketch?
What if I write a blog post twice a month?
What if I publish a second book? Or a third?
What if I actually practiced learning French every day?
When you write them down, they tend to grow little roots. Some will turn out to be weeds, while others will sprout beautiful blossoms and toss their seeds all over the place. That's how your garden grows!
I invite you to take your time moving into this new year. Clear up the clutter, throw out the stale cookies. Buy yourself some spring flowers. Look back on last year's garden before you start planting the next. There's plenty of time.
Ease into it.
Don't be shy! I'd love to hear about your plans. Remember, it's only when you share your dreams with someone that they become real! Let me know how I can help. Comment below or send me an email. Let's do this together.
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