From coast to coast as we saw sunshine, rainfall, and snow slowly transpire. The seasonal memories that's uplifting to me are those of family and loved ones. Spring was a beautiful breeze for me, summer was a record breaking transition, autumn set the mood for cooler climate, and winter has caused (most of) us to shield ourselves from the cold and light the fireplace.
This was the first Christmas year for my new nephew, and mine as an Aunt. Watching the rapid growth of him (who's just a mere shy of 6 months) also reminds me of my growth and experiences faced this year, both personal and professional.
It hasn't been an easy year for me, but it has immensely been a busy one. With the love and support from family, close friends, and loved ones I was able to take a giant step forward in an entirely altered realm of my fashionable occupation.
As I reflect on the things that I have done in my life just this past year, (and of course still having loads of goals I have set to complete) I found that the small picture frames of the future that was once in my mind, is now being replaced with enormous panels. Those panels that would consume my mind if I were to know the proper measurements of each side.
With that being said, imagine that you've bought a ticket to Hawaii, but when you received your confirmation it says Fiji. The irony is that both places can be quite nice at different times depending on the season... I'm pretty much on the right flight at the moment, and it's a good thing! I'm finally on an unequivocal path without the high-beamed lights blinding my vision. My goals are packed, organised, and I'm ready to go!
What I have learned this year is a great deal, a multitude of lessons really ... through heartaches and heartbreak, through the sadness of the lost of a dear friend, and the challenge of moving to another unfamiliar place). In addition to finding happiness through it all: most importantly I'm admonished to always have hope, and to know that despite the innumerable talents in the world there's always room for more. Hope and positive thinking can steer one toward a brighter road.
If you're in the stages of figuring out what your style or niche might be, don't worry I've been there, and you will find it! Or, better yet, it might just find you!
Be steadfast, and keep those personal goals ahead. Sooner, or later you will take a deeper look inside yourself, and realise how many wonderful capabilities you actually possess! Sometimes, we receive inspired reminders of these special gifts even from strangers.
Remember, an artist is his/her worst critic, yet often times this is the best thing because it keeps the artist humble.
Wishing you a very Happy New Year!